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New National Contemporary Arts Museum

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The Associated Press (November 2009) reports that Italy is opening its first national museum for contemporary arts and architecture in a bid to shed its image as merely a keeper of a glorious artistic past. The museum, located in the residential neighborhood of Flaminio, was designed by Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

“I see Maxxi as an immersive urban environment for the exchange of ideas, feeding the cultural vitality of the city,” she said. The centre shall not only exhibit contemporary art and architecture, but also incorporate contemporary design, fashion, film and advertising in a multidisciplinary cultural center.

Indeed, the museum is designed to be a research workshop of sorts, not just exhibiting contemporary art and architecture but incorporating contemporary design, fashion, film and advertising in a multidisciplinary cultural center.

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The Culture Ministry decided to build the museum in 1998, recognizing that the country that produced Giotto, Michelangelo and Bernini — the avant-garde artists of their times — must continue to promote contemporary creativity if it wants to have a cultural heritage in the future.

“It is inconceivable for this very long flow of Italian creativity to be interrupted and do without the promotion and support which, over past centuries, have generally kindled it,” said Pio Baldi, head of the foundation that runs the museum.
In the light of our recent post on Graffiti, we can only applaud an effort to add fresh impulse and provide a canvas for creativity here in Rome. If Italy’s past is any indication, we should expect to see some interesting art coming our way. Also, we are thrilled that ‘futuristic’ can finally be used to describe a building in Rome.


Source: ap.org

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