MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity
Conceived as a broad cultural campus, MAXXI is managed by a Foundation constituted in July 2009 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities comprising two museums: MAXXI Arte and MAXXI Architettura.
The programming of activities – exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, educational projects – reflects MAXXI’s vocation as a place for the conservation and exhibition of its collections but also, and above all, a laboratory for cultural experimentation and innovation, for the study, research and production of the aesthetic contents of our time.
The MAXXI building is a major architectural work designed by Zaha Hadid, located in Rome’s Flaminio quarter and featuring innovative and spectacular forms.
MAXXI represents an awareness of the importance of promoting the current creative expressions of a nation such as Italy, characterised by centuries of primacy in the artistic and architectural fields. The aesthetic tensions of our time are, in fact, the extension of the artistic and cultural expressions of past eras, albeit through radically different expressive forms.
MAXXI’s mission is therefore that of promoting and developing this sense of continuity, projecting it towards the future.
MAXXI intends not only to be a container for the exhibition of the works of art of our century, but also a place for cultural innovation and the overlapping of languages, a laboratory for artistic experimentation, a machine for the production of the aesthetic materials of our time.
MAXXI aims to be a centre of excellence, an interactive hub in which the most diverse forms of expression, productivity and creation may converge, combine and reproduce.
Art also has a vital role as a means of communication. Art is an iconic and symbolic idiom and therefore more readily comprehended than a spoken or written language. It is clear, therefore, that the immediacy and universalityof artistic communication may contribute to the comprehension of worlds and cultures otherwise foreign and potentially conflictual, favouring the coexistence of differences.
Lastly, art and architecture are essential components of the image and perception of a nation abroad. MAXXI therefore intends to be a form of antenna transmitting Italian contents to the outside world while at the same time receiving from the outside the flux of international culture.