MAXXI is dedicating one of its galleries to a permanent – and free for all from Tuesday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month – display of its own collections.
Not far from the celebration of her eighty years, MAXXI pays tribute to the author from Palermo with a major exhibition.
26 artists and over 50 works present prison as a metaphor for the contemporary world and the contemporary world as a metaphor for prison.
Dall’architettura all’urbanistica, quattro lezioni per quattro città: Tokyo, Milano, Londra e New York.
Silver Bear for Best Director award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, the new movie by the author of “Le Havre”
An investigation of the multiple and deep-rooted motivations that link the architect and designer Carlo Scarpa to Japan, on the occasion of the exhibition The Japanese House.
A project calling for integration between peoples as the driving force for social innovation and the civic and economic success of a country.
Experience the museum with its exhibitions and events for an entire year
MAXXI and important national institutions are networking and collaborating to promote, support and spread the culture of modern and contemporary art in Italy
Un’organizzazione transnazionale della società civile e un movimento di cittadini che promuove i valori di democrazia, eguaglianza e cultura oltre il concetto di Stato-nazione
An event to reflect upon the evolution of photography, from being a fundamental part of newspapers to becoming a form of art in its own right
A festival presenting the world of mental health in its multiple variations.
Dall'architettura all'urbanistica, quattro lezioni per quattro città: Tokyo, Milano, Londra e New York.
Discover Zaha Hadid’s building and the exhibition "Please come back. The world as prison?" guided by our art and architecture historians
Un ciclo di lezioni dedicate a grandi e piccini per avvicinare allo Yoga attraverso il gioco e la condivisione
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The collections of the MAXXI art present themselves as a strong nucleus that witnesses the national and international artistic production
The MAXXI Architettura collections comprise all those artefacts and documents that, in various ways, represent the material and conceptual complexity of architecture.
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curated by Hou Hanru, Luigia Lonardelli
Now that global communication also means global control, that disciplinary methods are applied to the community in the name of the “war of terror”, that the sharing born out of the Internet and social networks has dismantled our privacy, the word prison takes on very new meanings.
The exponential development of digital technologies, the advent of the social networks and the use of Big Data have progressively and inexorably changed our society and we are witnessing the collapse of the philosophies of social and urban sharing and the establishment of a new regime that in the name of security is stripping us, with our consent, of every intimate and personal space.
Mohamed Bourouissa’s work Temps Mort can be viewed every Saturday from 3pm to 7pm
GIANFRANCO BARUCHELLO – ELISABETTA BENASSI – ROSSELLA BISCOTTI – MOHAMED BOUROUISSA – CHEN CHIEH-JEN – HARUN FAROCKI – CLAIRE FONTAINE – GÜLSÜN KARAMUSTAFA – H.H. LIM – BERNA REALE – SHEN RUIJUN – ZHANG YUE
The prison has entered the iconography of contemporary art from many different angles: social, political, existential, and symbolic. From behind its walls, art has presented the first-hand experience of artists like Gülsün Karamustafa, incarcerated in Turkey in the 1970s, or more recently, Zhang Yue, imprisoned in China. While such works primarily tend to chronicle daily life, in other cases artists have taken a historical outlook, focusing on emblematic examples like the prison of Santo Stefano, one of the first applications of the Panopticon model (in the piece by Rossella Biscotti) or the figure of American activist Angela Davis, who fought to abolish prison (in Elisabetta Benassi’s); for Chen Chieh-Jen, the prison becomes a reflection on the history of his country, springing from personal memories of his childhood in Taiwan. The political subtext of defending human rights becomes explicit in the action of Berna Reale, who brings the light of the Olympic torch into Brazilian penitentiaries. Harun Farocki focuses on the visual mechanisms that govern the space of detention, employing the surveillance cameras of a maximum security prison in Corcoran, California to explore the complex web linking power, technology, and the gaze. Gianfranco Baruchello, on the other hand, explores the dimension of time, through interviews with inmates from the Italian prisons of Rebibbia and Civitavecchia. A similar temps mort turns up in the work of Mohamed Bourouissa, based on a secret collaboration with a prisoner via cell phone. This realism is contrasted with a lyrical transfiguration of the penal universe in the paintings of Shen Ruijun, or the metaphorical aspects explored by H. H. Lim, who evokes the mental cage of self-surveillance in which each of us is imprisoned. The same kind of open-ended meaning can be found in the neon signs of Claire Fontaine, which conjure up disciplinary spaces that unfold into other dimensions.
RÄ DI MARTINO – CARLOS GARAICOA – REM KOOLHAAS and ELIA ZENGHELIS with MADELON VRIESENDORP and ZOE ZENGHELIS – LIN YILIN – JILL MAGID – MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY – SUPERSTUDIO
The prison is not confined to its own walls, but extends into the urban sphere through systems of surveillance and control: today’s cities have become prisons. This theme inspired particular reflection in the 1960s and 1970s, when radical architecture developed a vision designed around utopian ideals. In 1969 Superstudio, one of the first groups to strike out on this path, imagined the “continuous monument,” a global model of urbanization “appearing as the only alternative to nature.” Three years later, Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis, Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis proposed walling off an area of London, whose residents become “voluntary prisoners of architecture.” The theme of the wall turns up again more recently in the work by Carlos Garaicoa, who draws inspiration from everyday life to trace the history of walls being used as a symbol of political division, and as a tool of confinement by those in power. The most familiar face of the control system in urban space is its network of CCTV cameras, which soon became a tool in the hands of artists. Mikhael Subotzky, for instance, presents unmanipulated footage from the Johannesburg police. Jill Magid’s work, on the other hand, takes a “human” approach to surveillance devices, seeking “intimate relationships with impersonal structures”: her videos are made in collaboration with the Liverpool City Watch. The urban theater is also used to stage actions and performances. Lin Yilin re-enacts the experience of accidentally witnessing someone being deprived of his freedom, in a test of reactions to extreme behavior that compares two different contexts (Haikou, China and Paris, France). Rä Di Martino also transforms the city (in this case, Bolzano) into the setting for a scene that hovers between reality and fiction: the artist revives the phenomenon of the dummy tanks that were used in the two World Wars for propaganda purposes.
AES+F – JANANNE AL-ANI – SIMON DENNY – OMER FAST – DORA GARCÍA – JENNY HOLZER – TREVOR PAGLEN – ZHANG YUE
Contemporary surveillance can be seen as a phenomenon that pervades everything, bringing the prison outside its own physical domain. Such practices have historically been the basis for authoritarian regimes like the former German Democratic Republic, which is the setting–though never explicitly stated–for the video by Dora García. September 11 marked a paradigm shift in the phenomenon of surveillance, which experts have called “the dominant organizational practice of late modernity.” This new horizon has been particularly explored by artists in the Anglosphere: the American policy of the “war on terror” is the subject of a vast study by Jenny Holzer, who has worked with declassified documents; Edward Snowden’s revelations about the control systems of the National Security Agency inspired Simon Denny’s project, centered on the new technological aesthetic; Trevor Paglen deconstructs the invisibility on which the control apparatus is founded, allowing us to see devices such as satellites or undersea cable systems, with an approach that evokes the tradition of landscape painting and abstraction. Aerial surveillance is one of the areas that has expanded the most in recent years, with the development of a drone aesthetic: Jananne Al-Ani’s work recreates the perspective of this aircraft that has become a symbol of twenty-first-century warfare, investigating various sites in the Middle East; Omer Fast instead recounts a conversation with an American drone pilot, moving between documentary and fiction. Alongside a primarily realistic approach, we also find a more visionary line of exploration. Breathing new life into an iconographic tradition that dates back to at least the sixteenth century, AES+F imagines an upside-down universe where the roles of torturer and victim are reversed. Zhang Yue pictures future wars, or even an over-the-top plan to destroy the United States.