Photography isn’t allowed inside Zaha Hadid’s brand new MAXXI museum in northern Rome. So I snuck a few iPhone pics when the guards weren’t looking. I’ll make a much more complete post about this on Flickr when I get back to the US.
First impressions: it felt like when you deboard a plane in a new country and you haven’t yet reached passport control. Endless passageways, sealed in glass walkways, weird spaces that say: don’t go here.
Was shocked at how bad some of the details are. This isn’t the work of a craftsperson. Contrast this with Tadao Ando’s new Punta della Dogana in Venice, which I saw exactly one week ago — a work of precision, craft and obsession. Not even able to compare.
And one of my best meals so far: picchiapo, a typical Roman meat/tomato/bean stew with creamy mashed potatoes. And fresh, unadorned melon. Ready for the final critique in 3 hours.
PS the name “MAXXI” is brilliant. Museum (M) of Art (A) for the 21st Century (XXI).