Alvaro Siza: Sacro
€12 full price, €4–€8 concessions
The portuguese architect Alvaro Siza has designed a site-specific structure within MAXXI in order to house an exhibition exploring his projects relating to the theme of ‘Sacredness’.
Large sloping walls, a meandering path and the alternation of open and constricted spaces are the elements that make up this the site-specific environmental installation by Alvaro Siza for his exhibition ‘Alvaro Siza: Sacro’. The exhibition is curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Margherita Guccione and presents drawings, architectural plans and objects that reveal Siza’s relationship with the sacred.
Religious objects designed for various Popes such as the Silver Egg for Pope Benedict XVI and the Paramenti Sacri for Pope Francis are showcased alongside 20 drawings and 10 architectural projects designed both within Italy and abroad. The walls of the bespoke exhibition space are used to project photos of some of Siza’s realised projects.
From the church of S. Maria in Marco de Canaveses to the Chapel in Santo Ovidio in Portugal, to the Chiesa mai realizzata del Rosario in Rome to that of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Landea Rennes in France, which is currently being built, the exhibition traces a longstanding relationship between ‘sacredness’ and architecture in Siza’s work.
Particular emphasis is given to the project for the Stazione Municipio della Metropolitana in Naples, which exemplifies the way in which sacredness is expressed also in secular buildings. Here, the building’s underground structure, rising from the layered archaeological ruins of the city, are described by the architect as a sacred image that needs to be celebrated.