Two exhibitions underway at Maxxi National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome investigate the relationship between art and architecture, while "Zaha Hadid in Italy", an exhibition about the architect who designed Maxxi and her relationship with Italy, is closing.
"Corpo, Movimento, Struttura. Il gioiello contemporaneo e la sua costruzione" (Body, Movement, Structure: Contemporary Jewellery and its Construction), curated by Domitilla Dardi, compares six designers and six architects. The exhibition looks at what architecture and jewellery have in common, in terms of connections, balance of weights and volumes, and relationships. The exhibition also reveals the structural complexity of a jewel, which, like a work of architecture, is a project created using a complex technique, beyond its anthropological and cultural value and the preciousness of the materials used. Six designers (Giampaolo Babetto, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Peter Chang, Monica Cecchi and Philip Sajet) were invited to interpret models on display at Maxxi created by architects Vittorio De Feo, IaN+, Sergio Musmeci, Pier Luigi Nervi, Maurizio Sacripanti and Carlo Scarpa in the form of jewellery. The exhibition represents the entire process of designing the jewels and the works of architecture.
“Home Beirut Sounding The Neighbors”, curated by Hou Hanru and Giulia Ferracci, is part of a project entitled "Interactions across the Mediterranean" and represents the city of Beirut through the work of 36 artists. Their work underlines the city’s cultural diversity and striving for an idea of belonging, to make it into "a home for all". The exhibition is divided into four sections representing four "homes": Home for Memory, Home for Everyone?, Home for Remapping, and Home for Joy. Each of these “homes” reveals an aspect of the reality of art and represents the process of urban redevelopment and social rehabilitation conducted by artists to offer the city a more promising future.
Title: Corpo, Movimento, Struttura. Il gioiello contemporaneo e la sua costruzione (Body, Movement, Structure: Contemporary Jewellery and its Construction)
Dates: 15 November 2017 - 14 January 2018
Title: Home Beirut Sounding The Neighbors
Dates: 15 November 2017 – 20 May 2018
Location: MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome – Italy
Images courtesy of MAXXI