Monday, November 23, 2009
Starchitects Demise I
Meanwhile, back at the Times, Architecture Critic and Starchitect Flak Nicolai Ouroussoff tells us that Pope Urban VIII would be "ecstatic" about Maxxi. Some things never change.
20 November 2009
Maxxi, Rome’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts, displays a cynical disregard for its purpose, that marks a conceit too far for Zaha Hadid
...Frankly, I can’t think that I have ever encountered an art gallery that addresses its nominal function with such seeming cynicism. If the measure of success is the number of text-messaging adolescenti that hang out in its Piranesian halls, I don’t doubt that Maxxi will come to be seen as a hit. But as a gallery, let alone as a portrait of the cultural priorities of the 21st century, it leaves an enormous amount to be desired. I only hope that the period of which this long-awaited project is truly emblematic is one that is now behind us.
Ah, Tsar Nicolai... always the irony-free zone.
"(F)or most of the last half-century Romans have been content to gaze languidly toward the past... Maxxi, which opens to the public on Saturday for a two-day “architectural preview,” jolts this city back to the present like a thunderclap."
As long as "the present" means 1919.
Posted by: Hal O'Brien at Nov 28, 2009 6:33:57 PM