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MACRO ASILO

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MACRO ASILO

via Nizza 138
00198 Rome
IT
October 1st, 2018 - December 31st
Opening: September 30th, 2018 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.museomacro.org
EMAIL:  
macro@comune.roma.it
PHONE:  
+39 06 06 08
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 10:30-7:30

DESCRIPTION

Relational multidisciplinary device, "common" space, MACRO ASILO rethinks the museum as an institution, taking its cue from its constituent criteria [from ABC], offering itself as the venue in which to forge a new encounter between artists and the city, between art and society. Project by Giorgio de Finis.

A party open to all comers will be held on 30 September to mark the start of an experimental project known as Macro Asilo, due to feature at the Macro in Via Nizza for 15 months, until 31 December 2019. The new scheme devised by project curator Giorgio de Finis is going to turn the entire museum into a fully-fledged living organism at once "hospitable" and relational, urging people, skills and disciplines to meet and cooperate in a rationale of constant openness and participation on the part of the city and of the public. To ensure that that happens, admission will be free for everyone.

In this project the very idea of the museum seeks to renew itself with the intention of forging a new and prolific relationship between art and the city. The experiment, in that sense, concerns precisely the city's museum of contemporary art, exploring its civic function as an institution operating in the present on the production of skills, sense and knowledge, an institution that uses art to place itself at people's disposal. Macro Asilo is the first piece in the Contemporary and Future Cluster set to become a complementary presence compared to other institutions such as the MAXXI or the Galleria Nazionale, so as to offer the city's residents a rich spectrum of viewpoints and experiences.

That is the challenge from which de Finis took his cue, working in close cooperation with the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo which has been managing the museum since 1 January 2018, and with the Sovrintendenza Capitolina which, in its capacity as part of Roma Capitale, maintains responsibility for the conservation and enhancement of the museum's collection, archive and library.

According to Luca Bergamo, Rome's Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Cultural Growth: “Macro Asilo is part and parcel of a comprehensive strategy designed to rethink the role of the capital's cultural institutions and of their relationship not just with their focus communities but with the city as a whole. On the one hand, with the recent launch of the MIC, a new card offering free admission to civic museums, a decisive thrust has been imparted to boosting people's participation in Rome's cultural life and their opportunity to discover and enjoy its history and heritage. On the other, with Macro Asilo our specific aim is to change not just the way the public uses and enjoys a museum but the way it relates to it, by calling into question the ways in which that relationship has consolidated over time".

“Works of art as finished products and exhibitions as collections of those works are only one of the possible ways of transmitting knowlege and culture. The new opportunity offered by Macro Asilo is to transcend such a predefined modality of use and enjoyment by entering into an ongoing relationship with the producers of art, with the artists themselves, their thinking, their careers and their complex cognitive processing system. The aim is precisely to offer people new tools and opportunities for growth by experimenting with new and original practices. In this relational modality the public itself, of whatever kind, will with its presence de facto shape and alter the careers and experience of the community of artists working in the museum over the next 15 months,” explained project curator Giorgio De Finis.

To make all of this happen we began by totally rethinking the museum's spaces and the way they interact in the overall layout. The new layout was designed by architect Carmelo Baglivo.

On entering the museum the public will be confronted with a very different space and will be able to freely and casually walk through many different thematic environments, including the forum hall where the wall with a huge picture gallery will be hosting a selection of works from the collection, a kind of "visual" invitation to collaborate and to be together; the centre of this hall will contain the Table of Tables," a live-in work specially produced by Michelangelo Pistoletto.

The new rooms will include one devoted to Romes (the city's name in the plural), the word room (devoted to the vocabulary of contemporary art), the reading room, the media and radio room and the workshop rooms (four twin spaces designed for artists producing a work inside the museum). There will also be three artist "environments", work rooms hosting participatory projects, installations and performances, adding another 50 thematic environments over time in addition to those already offered by the museum.


Il 30 settembre con una festa aperta a tutti verrà inaugurato il progetto sperimentale Macro Asilo che caratterizzerà il Macro di via Nizza per 15 mesi, fino al 31 dicembre 2019. Il nuovo dispositivo ideato da Giorgio de Finis, curatore del progetto, trasformerà l’intero museo in un vero e proprio organismo vivente, “ospitale” e relazionale, che inviterà all'incontro e alla collaborazione persone, saperi e discipline in una logica di costante apertura e partecipazione della città e del pubblico. L’ingresso sarà, infatti, libero per tutti.
 
L’idea stessa di istituzione museale in questo percorso punta a essere rinnovata con l’intento di tessere una relazione nuova e prolifica tra l'arte e la città. La sperimentazione, in tal senso, riguarda proprio il Museo di arte contemporanea della città e ne indaga la sua funzione civica di istituzione che opera nel tempo presente sulla produzione di sapere, senso e conoscenza, che attraverso l’arte si riesce a mettere a disposizione delle persone. Il Macro Asilo è il primo tassello del Polo del Contemporaneo e del Futuro che si configura come presenza complementare rispetto alle altre istituzioni come MAXXI e Galleria Nazionale, per mettere a disposizione di chi abita in città uno spettro ricco di punti di vista ed esperienze.
È da questa sfida che è partito il lavoro di de Finis, in stretta collaborazione con l’Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, che dal 1 gennaio 2018 gestisce il Museo, e la Sovrintendenza Capitolina che, in quanto struttura di Roma Capitale, preserva la responsabilità sulla conservazione e valorizzazione della collezione del Museo nonché del suo Archivio e della Biblioteca.
 

Per consentire tutto questo si è partiti da un totale ripensamento degli spazi stessi del Museo e della sua articolazione. Il nuovo progetto di allestimento è stato realizzato dall’architetto Carmelo Baglivo.

Entrando nel Museo il pubblico si troverà di fronte a uno spazio profondamente diverso potendo attraversare in maniera libera e casuale tanti diversi ambienti tematici tra cui il salone dei forum, dove a parete verrà presentata con una grande quadreria una selezione delle opere della Collezione, una sorta di invito “visivo” a collaborare e stare insieme; al centro di questo salone, il “Tavolo dei tavoli” opera abitabile realizzata per l’occasione da Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Tra le nuove stanze anche quella dedicata a Rome (nome plurale di città), la stanza delle parole (dedicata al vocabolario del contemporaneo), quella di letturala stanza dei media e della radio, le stanze-atelier (quattro spazi gemelli progettati per gli artisti che realizzeranno un'opera all'interno del museo). Inoltre tre “ambienti” d'artista, stanze-opera che ospiteranno progetti partecipati, installazioni, performance, aggiungendo, nel corso del tempo, altri 50 ambienti a tema che si sommeranno a quelli già proposti dal museo.

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