Alcantara – MAXXI Project 2020 / Studio Visit

Rome, February 2020

Alcantara and the National Museum of 21st-Century Art (MAXXI) have once again joined forces in a research project, as they have done each year since 2011, to explore the limitless potential and the multiple expressive capacities of this wonder material, especially in design and architecture. Konstantin Grcic is the protagonist of the third edition of the “Studio Visit cycle, a programme that each year invites an internationally renowned designer to execute a personal interpretation of the works of the MAXXI permanent collection, using Alcantara® as the driving material of the work representing the installational result of his research.  A designer with a pronounced curatorial vocation, Grcic picked out a fil rouge, that of fantastic architecture, that he himself detected in the MAXXI's architectural archives, placing it in direct connection with the invention of the Alcantara material.  His exhibition examines the careers of several highly visionary creators: Italian engineer Sergio Musmeci, Italian architects Giuseppe Perugini and Maurizio Sacripanti – all of whom were active during the Second World War – and contemporary Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury.