The MAXXI Architettura collections (the XX Century, XXI Century and Photography Collections) comprise all those artefacts and documents that, in various ways, represent the material and conceptual complexity of architecture through its evolutionary processes: from the generation of ideas through to its physical realisation, use and insertion within a material and cultural context. The means of acquisition for expanding the museum’s collections range from purchases to donations through to commissions by way of competitions and awards. The collections are also associated with management system of a true “virtual patrimony” constituted by the network of museums and public and private archives in Italy.
Carlo Scarpa, Pier Luigi Nervi, Paolo Soleri, Alessandro Anselmi, Giancarlo De Carlo, Carlo Aymonino and Superstudio are just a few of the Italian protagonists featured in the collections, with over 50,000 design drawings, 25,000 photographs and numerous models, letters and documents, sculptures, temperas, books and periodicals (currently being scanned). Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Letizia Battaglia, John Davies, Mimmo Jodice, Armin Linke, Guido Guidi, Walter Niedermayr and Massimo Vitali, are instead just a few of the over 60 photographers featured in the collections. Around 1,000 prints by contemporary auteurs: photography is a keystone of the Museum of Architecture thanks to its potential as a communicative medium in the presentation of both the physical configuration of space and the analysis of the dynamics actuated within it.
Carlo Scarpa, Casa Pellizzari, Venezia 1942-43 (part.) p>