Visionary architecture, mobile, flexible structures with cartoon instructions, drawings and models, including the famous Ville Spatiale: the Maxxi pays tribute to Yona Friedman with an extensive monographic exhibition curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi.
The exhibition Yona Friedman Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture, was organised and presented in 2015 by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai and now comes to the Maxxi in Rome with a new display. Designed by the architect, the display is focussed on some of thecentral themes of his work such as education towards the creative process and the relationship between the city and its inhabitants.
For the Maxxi, Friedman has created a Street Museum, with objects brought by citizens and collected through an open call. According to the architect, a modern museum should display what is really important to people, just as architecture should be modelled around its inhabitants, their needs and desires, and not impose itself on people. It is architecture made of simple materials that the residents themselves can create by constructing their own habitats alone, thanks to the tools and instructions supplied by the architect. For example, the flexible, mobile modular structures with which the architect designed the Summer House for the Architecture Programme 2016 at the Serpentine Gallery, London, or the Museum of Simple Technology (Madras, India, 1982). The exhibition contains a module of the museum created in the ‘80s by a group of Indian basket weavers, following instructions supplied by Friedman through the Communication Centre of Scientific Knowledge for Self-reliance.
Title: Yona Friedman Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture
curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi
Date: 23th June – 29th October 2017
Location: Maxxi, Rome – Italy