CategoryArchitecture, Modern & Contemporary Art
SpecialisationArt and architecture from the 21st century
The name MAXXI is short for Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (National Museum of the XXI Century Arts). It is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity.
More than being a museum, MAXXI’s ambition is to be a laboratory for cultural experiments and innovation, and to be place for the study, research and creation of the aesthetic contents of our time. It hosts a rich program of activities: exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, and educational projects.
MAXXI consists of two museums: MAXXI Architettura is the first national museum of architecture in Italy, while MAXXI Arte focuses on contemporary art with its own collection of around 400 works.
The building itself is a major architectural work designed by the Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, the first woman to have received the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In 2010, the year of the building’s inauguration, the design of MAXXI was awarded the Stirling Prize for architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architect’s.