19 July 2012 – 2 April 2013
curated by Maristella Casciato, Esmeralda Valent
The exhibition features 80 models, all drawn from the MAXXI Architettura collections, with many of them restored for the occasion. The work of 40 different designers, the models explore the museum’s collections and new acquisitions, with videos and interviews providing information regarding the protagonists and projects that have distinguished the history of Italian architecture from the 20th Century to the present.
Among the recent acquisitions on show are the two models of Rome’s Palazzo dei Congressi by Massimiliano Fuksas, the Corviale model by the architect Mario Fiorentino, the models for the Parabita cemetery in Lecce and the Testaccio residences in Rome donated by Alessandro Anselmi, the Medical Association in Rome and the Sacro Volto Church again in Rome by Piero Sartogo, Franco Purini’s model of a compact city and the model of the Valley of the Temples by the Labirinto Group.
There are also numerous models from MAXXI’s Aldo Rossi archive, including the project for the Deutsche Historische Museum of Berlin and the Resistance Monument in Segrate, as well as all the models from the Vittorio De Feo archive.
The models for the Peugeot Skyscraper in Buenos Aires, the Cagliari Theatre and the Osaka Pavilion designed by Maurizio Sacripanti are on show to the public for the first time.
A specific section of the exhibition will furthermore be devoted to the theme of the virtual model with the presentation of 11 digital models of masterpieces by Pier Luigi Nervi, the fruit of a collaboration between MAXXI Architettura’s Archive Centre and the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of Rome’s La Sapienza University.