Steel staircase meanders up the height of the foyer in Zaha Hadid's Maxxi Museum in Rome. The building was awarded the 2010 Stirling Prize.Source: Iwan Baan
Italian government slashed funding for Rome’s contemporary art museum
The board of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Maxxi museum in Rome has been put into compulsory administration by the Italian government.
The news comes following a cut in public funding, which has seen the government’s contribution to the budget of Italy’s national museum of contemporary art fall to less than €2 million in 2012. The board is expected to raise the rest of the required funding - in 2011 its total budget was €11 million - through sponsorship and private donations.
Pio Baldi, the president of the Maxxi Foundation, said this weekend he was “very surprised” by the government’s decision because the attraction “is a museum that’s doing very well”.
The Maxxi, which won the Stirling Prize in 2010, opened in May of that year. Since then it has attracted more than 450,000 visitors a year.
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