Re-cycle: strategies for architecture, city and planet

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Fernando and Humberto Campana

Eighty drawings, models, photographs, videos and objects. Two site-specific installations by Fernando and Humberto Campana and raumlaborberlin. One photographic exhibit, Permanent Error by Pieter Hugo. Not only an exhibition, Re-cycle at Rome's Maxxi Museum aims to teach us to consider recycling as "one of the greatest generators of creative innovation".

Haworth Tompkins

Until April 29, the Maxxi Museum is dedicated to the architecture of the third millennium and to its most innovative practices. Re-cycle is curated by Pippo Ciorra, senior curator at MAXXI Architettura, together with the architecture museum’s curatorial staff and an international scientific committee.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf

The exhibition features both very recent projects, produced in real time by the new environmental sensitivity pervading the work of the designers, and more consolidated and even historic examples, testifying that recycling is a practice deeply-rooted within the artistic and design professions.


Among the most well-known and spectacular works on show are: the original model of the High Line in New York; a drawing by Peter Eisenman for Cannaregio in Venice, those of Superstudio for the raising of the Colosseum, images of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris by Lacaton & Vassal, and videos with recycling of works by Frank O. Gehry and Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.


In the museum’s external space, site-specific projects will provide a demonstration of the potential of recycling. Maloca by Fernando and Humberto Campana, curated by Domitilla Dardi, is a large-scale installation in wood and synthetic raffia, based on a Brazilian tradition revisited in a contemporary key and located so as to cover the museum entrance. The objective is to welcome visitors within an intermediate space recalling the communal structures of the Amazon Indians while at the same time dialoguing with the fluid and ultra-modern forms of Zaha Hadid's museum structure.

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