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Buone Nuove - Good news. Women Changing Architecture


Buone Nuove - Good news. Women Changing Architecture

On the occasion of Stockholm Design Week 2023, the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm presents Buone Nuove - Good news. Women Changing Architecture, an original project from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MAXXI - National Museum of 21st-century Arts. The exhibition, curated by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci, highlights the work of female designers and architects active in Italy and abroad. The exhibition stems from the show previously on display at MAXXI, Rome (16.12.2021 / 11.09.2022) and is presented in Stockholm for the first time, beginning a circulation that, in the following months, will bring the show around the world.

With the intention to map the contribution made by female architects, designers, duos, teams, collectives, the selection includes not only Italian identities but also international female creatives as an exampl of the achievements and quality of modern and contemporary architecture at large. A journey through the architectural profession, highlighting those female personalities, from pioneers of the early 20th century up to the archistars of today and to international studios led by female designers, that can document how new forces are rooting into contemporary architecture. Names like Lina Bo Bardi, Gae Aulenti, Cini Boeri, Nanda Vigo, to some of the most relevant figures on the current scene such as Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, and others young and very young ones. The exhibition also includes a series of video interviews with authors that reconstruct the stories and theories that accompany this narrative.

The Stockholm edition of Buone Nuove, also includes two Swedish names, the modernist trailblazer Ingrid Wallberg and Ingeborg Wærn Bugge and the landscape vanguardist Anna Chavepayre and Josefina Nordmark, in order to also trace connections with the Scandinavian counterparts. The local integration was created by Monica Prencipe and Chiara Monterumisi.


Just like the version presented at MAXXI, the exhibition design is curated by Matilde Cassani. The layout uses big tables: these pieces of furniture frequently used in architecture exhibitions become a display that symbolically invites the visitor to join in "conviviality" with the stories about the architects presented. The 4 tables present documents, photographs, drawings, publications, sketches, videos, diagrams, as well as the biographies and portraits of the architects.

The first section - Stories of Italian architects - is dedicated to some of the most interesting Italian women architects from the post-war period to the present day. They range from Lina Bo Bardi, to the success of the works of Gae Aulenti, to the most interesting current examples such as Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, up to the younger and latest generations.

The second section – Practices in Italy - focuses instead on a series of important works created in Italy by international designers, often in collaboration with local companies and professionals, in a period covering the first two decades of the present century. The sequence begins with the famous designer of MAXXI Zaha Hadidand and continues with equally important figures, such as Grafton Architects and SANAA (both with building projects for Bocconi University), Benedetta Tagliabue (an Italian who moved to Barcelona and featured here with a church in Ferrara), Elizabeth Diller's Parco Romana in Milan, and the works by Petra Blaisse’s Inside Outside studio.

The last two sections - Narrations and Visions - include interviews with experts and scholars on the subject of gender equality in architectural professions and a series of video artworks dedicated to the increasingly informed relationship between gender and space.

The exhibition is open to the public from the 6th of February to the 20th of March 2023 during the opening hours of the Institute. 

Thursday the 9th of February the exhibition will be presented by the exhibition designer Matilde Cassani and the curators Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci.

Friday the 10th of February Visions, a series of videos produced for the exhibition, will be presented, introduced by the curator of the exhibition Pippo Ciorra. 

The exhibition Buone Nuove. Women Changing Architecture is produced by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with Fondazione MAXXI

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