MAXXI Opens RE – CYCLE. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet

. December 5, 2011 . 0 Comments

The MAXXI in Rome presents RE – CYCLE. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet an exhibition open 1 December 2011 – 29 April 2012.

Recycling as “one of the greatest generators of creative innovation”. This is RE-CYCLE. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet, the major exhibition that MAXXI Architettura, directed by Margherita Guccione, is devoting to the architecture of the third millennium and its most innovative practitioners. RE-CYCLE, curated by Pippo Ciorra, senior curator at MAXXI Architettura, together with the architecture museum’s curatorial staff (Elena Motisi, Alexandra Kaspar, Alessio Rosati) and an international scientific committee composed of Reinier de Graaf, Sara Marini, Mosè Ricci, Jean-Philippe Vassal and Paola Viganò, will be open to the public from 1 December 2011 to 29 April 2012 (catalogue published by Electa).

On show at MAXXI (in the external piazza, on the ground floor and in the first floor galleries) are over 80 works including drawings, models as well as architectural, planning and landscape design projects placed in continuous dialogue with the works of artists, designers and videomakers, with broad contaminations with musical and TV productions.

The exhibition expands outside the museum with two site-specific installations: Maloca by the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana (on Thursday 1st December they will meet the public at the auditorium in the MAXXI for MAXXINWEB, from 9 pm, free entry) and work shop roma, an installation produced out of recycled materials by the German collective raumlaborberlin, created on site over the days preceding the inauguration.

The Carlo Scarpa Room on the ground floor instead hosts the photographic exhibition Permanent Error by Pieter Hugo (Johannesburg, 1976, winner of the World Press Photo 2006): 27 shots showing through disturbing portraits an immense, apocalyptical high-tech dump in Ghana. Pieter Hugo will meet the museum public at MAXXI B.A.S.E. on Wednesday 29 November at 6.00 P.M. (free admittance).

As Margherita Guccione says, “RE-CYCLE is first and foremost a research project developed by MAXXI Architettura on the most significant themes of the present times associated with the built space and the landscape. Following the major monographic exhibitions, those displaying the museum collection and the site-specific projects, RE-CYCLE is, an exhibition devoted entirely to the internationally most advanced aspects of architectural and visual culture, with which the museum completes its first overview of the contemporary architectural landscape.”

“With RE-CYCLE”, says Pippo Ciorra, “the museum is pursuing three important objectives for its future and its identity. The first is a full blast investigation of the most current issues in architecture, in particular the complex relationship between art-like avant-garde expressive research and an attention to the environment so detailed as to be approaching ecology. The second deals with what architects must see as “sustainability” in an already “over-built” country and continent. The third is in reality a stance
regarding the means and methods of reclaiming our landscapes and cities in the light of the lack of efficiency of plans, programmes and other traditional approaches.”

The exhibition features both very recent projects, produced in “real time” by the new environmental sensitivity pervading the work of the designers, and more consolidated and even historicised examples, testifying that recycling is a practice deeply-rooted within the artistic and design professions. Among the most well-known and spectacular “pieces” on show are:
the original model of the High Line in New York; a drawing by Peter Eisenman for Cannaregio in Venice, those of Superstudio for the raising of the Colosseum, the images of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris by Lacaton & Vassal and of the Wagristoratore by Pietro Portaluppi in Val Formazza (Verbania), the model of the Trento Tunnel, turned into a museum by Elisabetta Terragni and the images of the project by James Corner transforming a landfill site into a park on Staten Island, NY; the videos with the “recycling” of works by Frank O. Gehry and Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

Among the most “creative” recycling, Music on Bones presenting the records of Jimi Hendrix and other rock stars pressed onto X-ray plates of a fractured cranium or a tibia in Cold War Russia; an extraordinary MAXXIblob of 1,500 hours that will be screened continuously throughout the duration of the exhibition, the videos of Zbigniew Rybczynski, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Song Dong and many others.

In the museum’s external space, two site-specific projects will provide a “live” demonstration of the potential of recycling. Maloca by Fernando and Humberto Campana, curated by Domitilla Dardi, is a large-scale installation in wood and synthetic raffia, based on a Brazilian tradition revisited in a contemporary key and located so as to cover the museum entrance. The objective is that of welcoming the visitors within an “intermediate” space recalling the communal structures of the Amazon Indians that at the same time dialogues with the fluid and ultra-modern forms of Zaha Hadid.

Close to the Via Masaccio entrance instead, the collective raumlaborberlin installed work shop roma using recycled materials and discarded furniture. The installation has been built by the architects and a group of students during a workshop coordinated by MAXXI’s Education Department and in collaboration with MIUR. During the period of the exhibition, the installation will host numerous workshops and educational activities. All the phases of the workshop are on line in the blog with all the comments from the students and the public and a lot of pictures too.

The exhibition Permanent Error, curated by Francesca Fabiani, brings together 27 shots by the South African Pieter Hugo that document an immense dump in Ghana composed of electronic waste from all over the Western world. This expanse, cloaked in toxic fumes and traversed by spectral figures, represents the result of recycling as an end in itself, to the total detriment of the local population.
Pieter Hugo presents us with an atmosphere somewhere between the bucolic and the infernal, in which the figures wander around bonfires and piles of electronic scrap, while cows and oxen placidly graze amidst the toxic miasmas from the ground. From columns of thick smoke emerge, ghost-like, the portraits of Mohammed Musam, Abdulai Yahaya, Ibrahim Sulley and many others.
RE-CYCLE has been realised with the support of ARCUS.

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