Two works of art for the MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome

MAXXI2percento is an international call for artists for the realisation of two works of art for MAXXI, the new national museum of 21st-Century Art, designed by Zaha Hadid for a lot in Via Guido Reni in Rome, which will be inaugurated in 2009. The competition is held by the Provveditorato interregionale per le opere pubbliche per il Lazio, l’Abruzzo e la Sardegna, along with PARC – Direzione generale per la qualità e la tutela del paesaggio, l’architettura e l’atre contemporanee.

MAXXI, the first national museum dedicated to contemporary art, calls for the realisation of two works of art: one for the building’s main entrance lobby; the other for the exterior grounds. The overall budget for the two works will be €1,130,000.

The competition is in keeping with Legislation 717 of 1949, also known as “the 2% law”, according to which federal administrations and all public bodies that undertake the construction of new public buildings must devote no less than 2% of the total estimated costs to the production of art works.

The indoor work will be installed in the main entrance lobby, a vast and prevalently vertical space, and should be suspended at least 3 meters from the floor. The budget for this work is €430,000.

The outdoor work will be freely placed in an area that includes both open spaces and areas covered by projecting architectural volumes, with a maximum height of 5.5 meters. The budget for this work is €700,000.

The competition is open to artists of every nation, with the option of participating individually or as a group. The deadline for entries is February 7, 2009, exactly 120 days from the original date of publication of the announcement in the Official Journal of the European Union (October 11, 2008).

Entries will be examined by a jury composed of 7 members: Francesco Prosperetti, General Director of PARC; a representative of the aforementioned Provveditorato interregionale for Lazio, Abruzzo and Sardegna; Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Superintendent of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contempornea, Rome; architect Zaha Hadid; artists Alfredo Jaar and Giuseppe Penone; art critic Mario Codognato.

The competition is organized in two phases: in the first phase, the jury will select a maximum of six artists who will be invited to present a draft of the work; in the second phase, the jury will choose the winners to whom the two works will be commissioned.

The rules of the competition and the details of the sites designated to host the works of art are available at and
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MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
via Guido Reni, 2f 00196 Rome