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he MAXXI National Museum of XXI Arts in Rome, in partnership with Alcantara, is dedicating a show to the Neri&Hu studio with Neri&Hu: Traversing Thresholds.

The opening is part of the Studio Visit project, founded in a collaboration between Alcantara and the MAXXI, now in its fourth edition. The goal is to take a closer look at the themes of contemporary design by bringing together the masters of the past with those of the present.

In each of its iterations, Studio Visit invites artists and designers to freely engage with the work of one or more of the masters of MAXXI’s Architecture collection. Previously, there was Nanda Vigo, Formafantasma, Konstantin Grcic and all the works that now are part of the MAXXI Architecture’s permanent collection.

Curated by Domitilla Dardi (Design Curator at MAXXI Rome), the exhibition Neri&Hu:Traversing Thresholds displays Neri&Hu’s interpretation of the design of a great master in MAXXI’s archives, Carlo Scarpa.

In order to investigate Scapra’s architecture, Neri&Hu begins from the notion of “threshold” (a concept present both in the Chinese “jian” and the Japanese “ma”, which can be translated as “space” or “pause”) and creates a bridge between the West and East. Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu invite us to think of space as a physical and metaphysical mediator between interiority and exteriority, public and private—concepts which can be found also in the spaces of the Italian master. The two designers’ installation comes from Scarpa’s spatial interpretation. The invention of detail, the dialogue between full and empty spaces and the creative pairing of materials (with Alcantara being the highest expression of versatility) become the cornerstones of Neri&Hu’s work and draws a clear connection between past and present.

It is this connection that once again gets highlighted through Alcantara’s material experimentation and conceptual research, generating new visions of architecture and design for us all.

Where: MAXXI. National Museum of XXI Arts, Rome, Italy
When: November 19, 2021-February 6, 2022



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