10 OCTOBER 2015 – 10 JANUARY 2016
MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts

With La casa di Roma, an artwork conceived for the project “L’Albero della cuccagna. Nutrimenti dell’arte” curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, artist Pedro Cabrita Reis has created a structure in Piazza MAXXI that follows the design principles of a sort of primordial architecture. A large rectangular volume made of bricks that makes reference, with its lack of finish, to its belonging to a universe of necessity, which characterizes many contemporary ruins that dot our suburbs.

Touching the first floor of the museum, as if it was the structure’s ideal pillar, the work carries a dual function that often accompanies spontaneous constructions: on the one hand it provides protection, on the other it acts as a possible foundation of other volumes.

As suggested by the artist, La casa di Roma speaks of an order in which the small and the weak support the larger, while its temporary nature works as the base of the museum and metaphorically puts in doubt its solidity.

Project promoted by the Fondazione Giuliani.