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Progetto Alcantara - MAXXI: Local Icons. East/West

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rogetto Alcantara is back at MAXXI in Rome (the National Museum of XXI Century Arts) with a new exhibition: Local Icons. East/West. Local Icons. East/West is on from the 5th February until the 28th February 2016: nine designers, ten cities and the versatile elegance of Alcantara.

Overseen by Giulio Cappellini and Domitilla Dardi , Local Icons. East/West draws attention to an important set of designers: Studio Job, Constance Guisset, Poetic Lab, Mischer Traxler, Gam Fratesi, Neri&Hu, Hans Tan, Michael Young, Poetic Lab and Cosmas Gozali. These names are at the heart of an imaginary dialogue between East and West, done through iconic objects, grouped into two main areas of geographical and political influence.

After having looked at the city of Rome in 2015, this year’s Progetto Alcantara – MAXXI focuses on travel memories and widens its horizons: it opens up a dialogue and an exchange of different points of view between East and West. The narrative of this exhibition come from analyzing different ways of inhabiting a contemporary metropolis, subsequently each designer was paired up with a city, which inspired prototype and display case. In fact, Local Icons. East/West is a large installation of 10 models; this is a real global village.

From Andersen’s mermaid, symbol of the city of Copenhagen, to the Merlion in Singapore, from the vibrant coffee shops in Taipei to the colourful eclectic London boroughs. Here, landmarks of each city become works of art and creative installations; this evokes emotions and a sense of drama.

Local Icons. East/West is a real travel diary made of images and objects, which takes us faraway to: Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Jakarta. Furthermore, each designer shows his own perspective and models his prototype in Alcantara. And once again, this shows that Alcantara is an extremely versatile material with unique drama and presence.


Where: MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo – 4A Via Guido Reni  - Rome – Italy

When: 5 – 28 February 2016 

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