Motion Matters Exhibition


MAXXI, Rome, Italy, 2013

The exhibition is a response to the traditional architectural exhibition in which rescaled representations of architectural designs are presented. In the Motion Matters installation the object exhibited is not in a display case, or merely an object to be looked at, but instead interacts with the visitor and requires their active participation. The exhibition investigates the ways in which movement, spatial considerations and perspective inform space and how the visitor physically experiences the effects of these three determinant architectural parameters.
The effects of situation, light, colour, and material on viewer perception are tested in this spatial installation of shifting perspectives. Within a trajectory of transitional spaces, optical illusions and trompe l’oeil effects are brought to contemporary structures, generating an experience that negotiates the ideal and the relational.
In addition to the primary focus on these key projects, a more detailed view is generated by means of five thematic threads which bind the projects together along a three-dimensional ribbon which meanders through the exhibition space. These threads consist of numerous small images which afford the reading of the various relationships between the exhibited projects within a larger context of inspiration, debate and realisation processes and provide insight into the knowledge driven nature of UNStudio’s practice.


Client: MAXXI Rome
Location: MAXXI Rome, Gallery 2a
Programme: Exhibition curated by Alessandro D’Onofrio
Status: Realised
Photos: © Cesare Querci


Exhibition Design Team:
Ben van Berkel with Christian Veddeler, Veronica Baraldi, Soungmin Yu, Jeffrey Johnson, Zhongyuan Dai

Graphic Design:
UNStudio with Bloemendaal & Dekkers

Lighting advisor: Zumtobel