The project for this museum of contemporary art and architecture was a challenging one. Construction began in 2000 and continued for over ten years, but the idea to create such a museum is actually more remote.
The international competition for the design of the museum building was won by Zaha Hadid, who designed a monumental museum of over 26,000 square metres, comprising interiors and outdoor spaces.
Claimed the world’s most beautiful building in 2010, it is an unparalleled architectural masterpiece. The ample halls with high ceilings invite visitors to move freely from one to the other to admire the over 300 contemporary works of art of the permanent collection.
About 90 of these are displayed and include works by Piero Manzoni, Luigi Ontani, Jannis Kounellis, Giuseppe Penone, and the young artists Francesco Vezzoli and Grazia Toderi. Significant works are the Triple Igloo by Mario Merz, the installation “Where is your place?” by Kabakov, and Widow by Anish Kapoor.
The works on display are periodically changed according to the temporary exhibitions. The Maxxi consists of two museums: Maxxi Arte and Maxxi Architettura. The latter houses projects by 20th-century architects and is devoted to avant garde trends.
The Fondazione Maxxi also sponsors the Premio Arte Italia, an award for new successful artists, and interesting projects designed for local contemporary art archives.