Visiting the Maxxi in Rome is a bit like visiting the Vatican Museums in that you are put on a circuit through all the galleries of current exhibitions. In this way you are compelled to see everything, but there are some really interesting bits.

First is the exhibition of Gaetano Pesce, an Italian architect and designer. I suppose his work could accurately be described as postmodern. Hollow facades of old buildings lead to a subterranean complex. Sofas take on the appearance of icebergs. It is clever and humorous. Surprisingly some of his buildings are actually built. In Japan.

The second consists of works from the permanent collection organized around a theme 'Remembering is Not Enough'. Again the theme is largely architectural, but the focus is on the way that public space is performative and theatrical.

Gaetano Pesce : Il tempo della diversità runs until the 5th of October, 2014 at MAXXI: the National Museum for 21st Century Art in Rome

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