On November 9 the exhibition “Álvaro Siza, Sacro” opens at MAXXI in Rome, the third exhibition in the series “Álvaro Siza in Rome” organised by MAXXI and the Accademia di San Luca. In a big environmental installation designed by the Portuguese architect himself, a number of his projects focusing on the theme of the “sacred” will be displayed.
The term “sacred” may be considered to have two definitions in this case: “religious” and therefore pertaining to places of worship (the Church of Santa Maria in Marco de Canaveses, the Chapel in Santo Ovidio in Portugal, the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande under construction in Rennes, France, etc.) and objects designed for the Pope (sacred paraments for Pope Francis, a silver egg for Pope Benedict XVI). The second definition of “sacred” is less direct and more evocative, embracing the architect’s plans for the metro station in Piazza Municipio in Naples, a place venerating underground images of architecture: archaeological ruins and stratification of history contained in the heart of the city.
This second definition also includes the architect’s projects in Portugal such as the Piscina das Marés in Leça de Palmeira, the Portuguese Pavilion at EXPO98 in Lisbon and the Architecure Faculty in Porto, as well as the Iberê Camargo Foundation Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The images that represent and describe the spaces designed by Álvaro Siza and underlining their sacred nature are by great photographers such as Fernando Guerra, José M. Rodrigues, Leonardo Finotti, Luís Ferreira Alves and Mimmo Jodice.
Title: Álvaro Siza, Sacro
presented by Achille Bonito Oliva and Margherita Guccione (exhibition curators), Roberto Cremascoli (scientific head)
Dates: November 9 2016 – March 26 2017
Location: Maxxi, National Museum of 21st Century Arts - Rome (Italy)
Images courtesy of Fondazione Maxxi