Traditional Rome changes course with first modern art museum -- posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

A new Modern Art Museum in Italy is opening this week. The museum was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid is a favorite of my wife and I. We saw a wonderful exhibition of her work in 2006 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Zaha is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. This is, incredibly, the first contemporary art museum in Rome. From the article; The MAXXI's sleek modern exterior manages to reflect elements of the eternal city. Rome isn't just one city, but many built on top of each other spanning the epochs from Etruscan to Roman to medieval and beyond. "The project emerges in its early phase of as many layers resting on each other," Hadid said in 2008. "The idea is to make a layered space or a layered city almost at once, as if learning from history and how the layering worked." GL

Traditional Rome changes course with first modern art museum | Art & Architecture | Deutsche Welle | 23.05.2010

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