Sunday, November 27, 2011

MAXXI-Museum of Contemporary Art Rome

Via Guido Reno-Rome 

Continuing my journey, the next adventure is Rome! 
The Maxxi museum in the Flaminio neighborhood at the heart of Rome, has a contemporary view of architecture and art juxtaposed in the same place. Its amazing organic architecture was designed by Zaha Hadid the renowned Iraqi-British architect of our modern times. It is quiet interesting how classical architecture blends with contemporary, making it a place for entertainment and art appreciation. This project leaded by Hadid´s architectural design firm took 10 years for it to be completed due to its complexity and political issues.

The building´s longitudinal design, creates an optical illusion that simulates movement, as huge waves emerging from within towards the shore. Its infrastructure was built with materials such as concrete, glass and steel giving an elegant and minimal appereance to be contrasted with the vivid artworks from the temporary and permanent collections.

This can be seen at the imposing entrance that leads to the reception, bookstore, cafeteria, galleries and auditorium, giving a perfect ambiance for the interaction between artistic communities. This communities of art lovers, can appreciate the internal architectural view, while enjoying the amazing Italian style coffee with dessert in the futurist-organic cafe.

MAXXI is a museum of contemporary-applied arts such as architecture, photography, art, design, media and painting, with the objective of promoting the current creative Italian-expression through a space for cultural innovation and a laboratory for artistic experimentation. Art and architecture are essential components for means of communication through image and perception, which the museum emphasizes to transmit ideas and concepts throughout the world, as well as receive the flux of information from international cultures.

The MAXXI dimensions:
total surface area: 29 000mq
exterior space: 19 640mq
interior space: 21 200mq
exhibition surface area: 10 000mq
maximal height: 22 90mt

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What an amazing experience attending one of the world´s famous Contemporary-Art Exhibition, collected in one same place, VENICE! 
Is the city built over water, what makes it unique and charming for tourists; likewise its history, canals, gondolas, trattorie, facades and colors!
The Venice Biennial is a cultural and artistic gathering for Art, Architecture, Film, Dance, Theater and Music, organized every two years, to be expressed in an innovative and creative way for Art Lovers!


La Biennale di Venezia - The Venice Biennial presented this year the 54th International Art Expo Contemporary, directed by the Swiss art historian and critic, Bice Curiger. From June 4th to November 27th 2011, the exhibition took place in the Giardini (Biennial Gardens), the Arsenale and all around the city. With a presence of 83 Artists all around the world, 89 National Participants; countries such as South America, North America, Europe, Asia divided in Pavilions and 37 Collateral Events featuring exhibitions and initiatives in various locations around the city. Each Pavilion was visited by gallery owners, art critics, journalists, museum directors, art historians and collectors which highlighted the best artists, artworks and curators from each country.

The Biennial Foundation, has been over a century, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since, its foundation in 1895, it has had the objective of promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in contemporary arts, which has been reflected up to now.

ILLUMInazioni or ILLUMInations was the title for this years´Biennial theme, where Curiger explored contemporary art from her own perspective turning it into a well-organized exhibition. She aimed to connect Pre-Modern and Contemporary Art, therefore she included in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) three art pieces by master Tintoretto, Venetian artist known as ¨The Painter of Light¨ during the Renaissance. As well as contemporary and young artists such as Cindy Sherman, Seth Price, Sigmar Polke, Christopher Wool, Maurizio Cattelan, Pippilotti Rist, etc.

The best artists selected by Bice Curiger for the main exhibition: ILLUMINAZIONI

Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Born in Venice, Italy, 1979
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meris Angioletti
Born in Bergamo, Italy, 1977
Lives and works in Paris, France

Nairy Baghramian
Born in Isfhan, Iran, 1971
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Yto Barrada
Born in Paris, France, 1971
Lives and works in Tangeri, Morocco

Elisabetta Benassi
Born in Rome, Italy, 1966
Lives and works in Rome, Italy

Founded in 2004
Lives and works in Shanghai, China
Birdhead are:
Song Tao
Born in Shanghai, China, 1979
Ji Weiyu
Born in Shanghai, China, 1980

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, Italy, 1965
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Mohamed Bourouissa
Born in Blida, Algeria, 1978
Lives and works in Paris, France

Carol Bove
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, 1971
Lives and works in New York, USA

Gerard Byrne
Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1969
Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland

Mariana Castillo Deball
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, 1975
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Maurizio Cattelan
Born in Padova, Italy, 1960
Lives and works in New York, USA

Gianni Colombo
Born in Milan, Italy, 1937
Died in 1993

Martin Creed
Born in Wakefield, Great Britain, 1968
Lives and works in London, UK

DAS INSTITUT and Kerstin Brätsch
DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder) Import/Export since 2007
Live and work in New York, USA and Berlin, Germany

Guy de Cointet
Born in Paris, France, 1934
Died in 1983

Gintaras Didžiapetris
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, 1985
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania

Song Dong
Born in Beijing, China, 1966
Lives and works in Beijing, China

Trisha Donnelly
Born in San Francisco, USA, 1974
Lives and works in San Francisco, USA

Shannon Ebner
Born in Englewood, USA, 1971
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Latífa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974
Lives and works in Martigny, Switzerland

Art is a matter of being subjective!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

B E R L I N / Street art and Graffiti

This is an international city, famous for its modern architecture, urban art and cultural diversity. Is the city with the biggest graffiti collection in the world and it is available all around the city. After its reunification in 1990, Berlin, has had a continuous process of social and urban change.


Thursday, November 10, 2011




     Una bella passeggiata a Amsterdam con la mia bicicleta!!!

While enjoying a wonderful ride on my bike, I stopped at SOEPBOER&STOOKER, an amazing and trendy fashion shop located at the Overtoom Street in Amsterdam.  Luckily, I had the chance to meet one of the head designers of the studio, named Berber Soepboer.  

She is a Dutch fashion designer, working in conjunction with designer Anne Stooker, as their small shop is called. This small and cozy multi-brand boutique offers to design lovers, their own brand-label as well as, other contemporary fashion designers from oversees, such as LIKE THIS and BLESS



Berber studied Fashion Design at the prestigious GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE in Amsterdam, where she developed her unique taste and Dutch style. Her remarkable and expressive style, can be seen at the Soepboer&Stooker boutique where they launch two collections per year. 

One of the designs that caught my attention from within, is the COLOUR-IN-DRESS! This is a new conceptual design project, developed between Soepboer with the collaboration of graphic designer Michiel Schuurman, for an exhibition of a famous Dutch textile company, DE PLOEG.  The inspiration for this project had to go in line with De Ploeg`s textile designs, graphic prints and ideology, therefore an amazing black and white print, was created in order to be contrasted with colours. 

The objective of the Colour-in-dress is to offer a new sense of style for women who like to experience different emotions while personalizing and creating their own colourful design. With the use of multicoloured markers such as blue, red, lime green, lilac, each person gives life to their wardrobe and imagination!  


A doted printed cardboard box is the packing for the COLOUR IN DRESS. On the inside, it has a set of markers and the plain dress.  If you are a design lover you may order it for 300 euros. 


Invitation to the 2 year celebration at the Soepboer&Stooker boutique!

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