Women in architecture an exhibition that celebrates them at the MAXXI Museum in Rome

The exhibition “GOOD NEWS. Women in architecture“, recently inaugurated at Maxxi Musée de Rome, is a long account of architecture through nearly a hundred stories of women architects, who have made it their profession.
Organized by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci and with the installation project designed by Mathilde Cassani, the exhibition offers a broad panorama of the evolution of the profession during the 20th century. In today’s architectural firms, the presence of women is increasingly prominent and authoritarian, reflecting the changes underway in our society with a new emphasis on gender equality and anti-discrimination activism. . The exhibition narrative is divided into four thematic areas: stories, practices, stories and visions. The exhibition trail is completed by a site-specific installation designed by architect Frida Escobedo and entitled: UNSEEN in homage to Anni Albers, heroine of the Bauhaus.

The first thematic section, “Stories ““(Stories), brings together the stories of 85 architects, designers and architectural specialists who have marked the evolution of the discipline during the 20th century, starting with Hornborg sign, the first woman in the world to graduate in architecture in Helsinki in 1890, to then continue to move forward in time and space through the stories of other equally inspiring women. From Norma Merrick Sklarek who in 1954 became the first African-American architect, to icons of modernist design, Charlotte perriand and Eileen Gray to whom contemporary critics have attributed a leading role in the history of architecture with his house E-1027. Then There is Louise Huxtable, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1970 and inventor of architectural criticism in the 1960s with her column in the New York Times, Zaha Hadid, the first woman architect to receive the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2004, the Nobel for architecture and designer of the Maxxi building in Rome, as well as many other important international figures including Lina bo bardi and Phyllis lambert and Italians like Cini Boeri, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Studio Labirinto, Elisabetta Terragni and others. The “Practices“The (Practices) section, on the other hand, presents the work of 11 architects, important designers who run large architectural firms, selected for the quality of their research and because they express different ways of interpreting the architecture, told through videos, prototypes, photographs and site-specific installations. Elizabeth diller which features the Bad Press installation and The Shed cultural center in New York City, as well as architects Mariam Kamara, Lina Ghotmeh, Anupama Kundoo, Benedetta Tagliabue, Lu Wenyu and Dorte Mandrup with the model of the Icefjord Center in Greenland, which allows the public to see the effects of climate change up close, Jeanne Gang at the head of Studio Gang in Chicago, Yvonne Farrel and Shelley McNamara, founders of Grafton Architects, Kazuyo Sejima who founded SANAA strong> with Ryue Nisghizawa, and the multidisciplinary collective To assemble.

In the “Narration“(Narrations), the exhibition presents twelve interviews carried out by the Mies.Tv collective with academics, curators, magazine directors and young designers. Finally, in the “Visions“(Visions), visitors will find videos produced by five young authors or collectives, produced as part of the Future architecture platform program, which offer intimate reflections on the relationship between gender identity and space. The exhibition will also be accompanied by other initiatives that will begin in early 2022, highlighting both the designers who have revolutionized the profession, as well as the evolution of the female presence in the architectural discipline.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Maxxi

Title: “GOOD NEW. women in architecture “
curated by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci
Exhibition design: Matilde Cassani
Date: December 16, 2021 – September 11, 2022


01 Lucy Styles YAP Rome at MAXXI 2020, Home Sweet Home Credit: Valentina Vannicola, courtesy of MAXXI
02 Studio Gang Gilder Center, New York Credit: StudioGang
03 Hornborg sign, Atelier Nyblin collection, Finnish Heritage Agency Credit: Daniel Nyblin
04 Denise Scott Brown Credit: Robert Venturi, courtesy of © Venturi Scott Brown and Associates
05 Portrait of Frida Escobedo © Carlos Torres
06 Zaha Hadid, 2010 – photo Simone Cecchetti, courtesy of the MAXXI Foundation
07 Assemble The Voice of the Children, 2014, Credit: © Assemble
08 Dorte Mandrup Ice Fjord Center, 2021 Credit: Adam Mørk
09 Lina Ghometh Stone Garden. Resilient life: an archeology of the future Credit: © Iwan Baan
10 Benedetta Tagliabue Spanish Pavilion, 2010 – Shanghai World Expo Credit: Shen Zhonghai Courtesy of architect Benedetta Tagliabue – Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
11 Toshiko Mori Credit: Iwan Baan Courtesy of Toshiko Mori Architect
12 Invisible, 2021, video by Frida Escobedo Anni Albers Tapestry today, Rufino Tamayo Mural

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