The unique story of one of the most important museum builds of the last decade. An exceptional commission to "preserve" the progression of the Maxxi construction works in artistic photographs.
“Cantiere d’autore” was one of MAXXI’s first curatorial projects and originated in 2004 when work started on the construction of the museum complex designed by Zaha Hadid. The concept centred partly on the building work, as its exteriors were viewed through the lens of an art-photographer and partly on the production of numerous photographs-artworks, of which this book contains a selection, to enrich the museum’s collections. The 20 photographers invited over a period of five years were given total freedom of choice and interpretation to snap the worksite as the systematic documentation of all the work phases was conducted separately in another project. The result of this narrative/interpretation is a rich array of different points of view that today, after the works have been completed and therefore “disappeared”, record the construction of the museum in the Roman setting of the Flaminio neighbourhood and illustrate its worksite, seen as a place of experimentation and a place of work but also a “public” place.