Zaha Hadid Rome November 2010
Everyone thinks Rome is about the Coliseum (that round ruin) and seeing the Pope at his Vatican window. Leave those two attractions to last and just walk around the city. Everywhere you go, you will discover fantastic treasures for the mind and eye. So just get out of the hotel and explore. Rome is not all about the ancient past either; it is a modern metropolis with cutting edge art and fashion. At the moment, you can catch Antony Gormley"s show at MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rome) which is housed in the old Peroni Beer factory. Check out their exhibition schedule and take a breath of fresh air away from the ruins of Rome: http://www.macro.roma.museum Or blow your mind at the brand new National Museum of 21st Century Arts known as MAXXI and designed by architect ZAHA HADID. http://www.fondazionemaxxi.it
MAXXI ROME interior
Cultural Highlights of the Winter season 2010-2011 in Rome:
Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea
(ItalyÕs no.1 Art Prize)
curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
3 December 2010 – 20 March 2011
MAXXI ROME exterior
If Zaha Hadid was not an architect, she would have be a sculptor. Her designs for buildings are like serene sculptural objects that share an affinity with the British sculptors Jocelyn Chewett, Stephen Gilbert and Henry Moore. Some of Moore’s lurching cylindrical bronzes in the gardens of Perry Green, Herts. seem like scale models for Hadid projects.
(Henry Moore, Double Oval in Summer, 1966. Bronze, length 550cm)
The language used by art historians to describe sculpture can smoothly transcribe to a Hadid creation. These are quotes from the Perry Green website (© The Henry Moore Foundation 2010).
“This work demonstrates Moore’s interest in the relationship between two forms, their closeness creating a sense of tension and intimacy.”
“Moore spoke of the idea of the shadow, of one form echoing the other, that thereby questions its solid reality. Beyond the emotional communication of both the abstract form and the suggestion of two heads, this piece could be seen as a formal experiment with the sculptural object as a three-dimensional presence negotiating space on different levels. This impression is only enhanced by our physical engagement with it due to its immense size.”
(London Olympic Games 2012's landmark building will be this aquatic centre designed by Zaha Hadid.)
Hadid’s approach of treating massive buildings as sculptural objects is supported by her installations in various international exhibitions of room-filling sculpture/structures. Her Dune Formations for David Gill Galleries at the 2007 Venice Biennale crosses the boundaries of art, architecture, design, sculpture, installation and Conceptual art.
(The “Aura” installations by Zaha Hadid Architects at the Villa Foscari La Malcontenta in Venice. (Picture courtesy of designboom) Venice Biennale 2008)
This is the Hadid entry in the exposition:
anArchitecture in Venice. Out There: Architecture Beyond Building. 11th Biennale in Venice.
My 13-year old son actually thought it was a model for a space city along the lines of Star Trek visuals. He is not far from the truth, as it is a computer-generated design that produces the fantastic slick surfaces and rhythyms almost impossible to conjure by architect’s hand/mind alone.
The latest headlines for Ms Hadid read:
Zaha Hadid Wins Stirling Prize With $207 Million Rome Museum After years of criticism from the architectural establishment of her adopted country – the U.K. finally awarded Hadid, 59, the RIBA Stirling Prize for her MAXXI Museum in Rome. (October 2010)
feminine language of the curve; bold, inviting, flexible and graceful
finally conquered the boring lumps of steel and glass the RIBA has
the forms of Norman Foster’s American Air Museum at Duxford and Richard
Madrid Airport terminal. How fitting to award the Stirling prize to a
building in an ancient city that looks forward and beyond the present
crisis. This may be the last contemporary masterpiece to be erected in
quite some time.
(MAXXI –Roma Zaha Hadid.)
For me, Hadid’s creations whether curved or linear are serene and all about balance, harmony and organic forms lifted from nature. I am surprised when her work is described in conflicting terms:
“ZAHA HADID (1950-) has defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.“
Council, Design Museum 2007. http://designmuseum.org/
Rather than “the chaos of modern life” ; do her buildings and spaces not offer us an alternative to chaos? Look at the project for a museum of Mediterranean culture on the waterfront at Reggio Calabria (below). When completed, surely it will be the only oasis of serenity in this hectic Italian city? A silver elipitical poem whose lush curves taunt and mollify the concrete rectangles of the city’s skyline.
Hadid is to be celebrated, not just as a woman breaking boundaries, not just as an Iraqi demolishing stereotypes, but as an architect for the millennium; an architect for all time.
If you are
excited by brave new architecture go see Rome's huge Auditorium,
the Parco della Musica
designed by RENZO PIANO opened April 2010. Set in an oasis of
parklands. Go to
their website http://www.auditorium.com
and see if you can get tickets toÉ.ANYTHING! Great
night out in Rome.
Try the 34th ROMA JAZZ FESTIVAL 11/11/2010 - 30/11/2010
Concert Hall, Parco della Musica, Rome's new music venue
VAN GOGH EXHIBITION
VAN GOGH exhibition
@ Complesso del Vittoriano,
Via San Pietro in Carcere
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; through February 6, 2011 tel 06 6780664
You can't miss it! Yes, the gallery is part of the massive white wedding cake of a building in the centre of Rome 'Vitt.Emmanuele Monument' @ Piazza Venezia.
Vitt.Emmanuele Monument, Rome – Art exhibitions year round
Installation view, Gagosian Gallery Rome, Italy
WHERE TO SEE CONTEMPORARY ART IN ROME
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16 (near Piazza Barberini) Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm tel 06 427 46429
Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Via Reggio Emilia 32c (near Piazza Fiume) Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 am – 7:30 pm tel 06 442 47451
Z20 Galleria – Sara Zanin, Via Del Querceti 6 (near Piazza San Clemente) Monday – Saturday 3-7:30 pm; tel 06 704 52261
Galleria Diagonale Via In Caterina 83c Tuesday – Saturday 4-8 pm; tel 06 683 00482
G Arte Contemporanea, Via Panisperna 222/a (Monti) Monday – Saturday, 12–10 pm;
Studio Trisorio, Vicolo Delle Vacche (Piazza Navona) Tuesday – Saturday 4-8 pm tel 06 681 36189
Associazine Mara Coccia Via Vantaggi 46/A (Piazza del Popolo) Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 am – 7:30 pm; tel 06 322 4434
Galleria Paolo Antonacci, Via Del Babuino 141/a (near Piazza del Popolo) Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm and 3-7 pm; tel 06 326 51679
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Vicolo Sforza Cesarini 3a (near Piazza Navona, Chiesa Nuova) Monday – Saturday 2-8 pm;
Oredaria Art Contemporanee Via Reggio Emilia 22-25 (near Piazza Fiume) Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm and 4-7 pm; tel 06 976 01689
Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Via Orti D'Alibert at Via della Lungara (Trastevere) Monday – Friday 12–8 pm and Saturday 2-8 pm; tel 06 688 92980
Studio Stephania Miscetti, Via Delle Mantellate 14 (Trastevere) Monday – Friday, 4-8pm; tel 06 688 05880