Rome | “Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, art and science meet at MAXXI


The “Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”exhibition, takes place at MAXXi – National Museum of XXI Century Arts until April 29, 2018.

cover: “Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, Curving spacetime, installation by INFN.
Photo Cecilia Fiorenza, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

A model of the Cassini Probe, with all the evocative power of its journey through space, is now suspended in the MAXXI atrium together with Aeroke, the installation by Tomás Saraceno composed of two mirrored balloons that capture the imperceptible sounds dispersed in the atmosphere.
Gravity” is conceived as an immersive experience, into which scientific installations, historical relics and simulated experiments – such as Galileo Galilei’s Telescope and Virgo’s Mirror (the laser interferometer that picks up gravitational waves) – dialogue with works by modern and contemporary artists – such as Marcel Duchamp, Allora & Calzadilla, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, Laurent Grasso, and Tomás Saraceno who, on this occasion, is also wearing the curatorial adviser’s hat as well as that of artist.


“Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, Aeroke by Tomás Saraceno and a model of the Cassini Probe, MAXXI , Rome, 2017. Photo Cecilia Fiorenza, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI.


Tomás Saraceno, Aeroke, 2017. Installations view at “Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, MAXXI, Rome, 2017. Courtesy the Aerocene Foundation. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017.


“Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, Tomás Saraceno, Echoes of the Arachnid Orchestra with Cosmic Dust, 2017. Photo Cecilia Fiorenza, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI.

The project – strongly backed by Giovanna Melandri, President of the Fondazione MAXXI – is an innovative joint-venture between the MAXXI museum, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) with the support of the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research.
The exhibition includes meetings with scientists, philosophers, and artists, and features educational activities such as workshops, narratives and performances inspired by the cosmos.


Laurent Grasso, Horn, 2009, installation, 870 x 450 x 510 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Perrotin.


“Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein”, spacetime curvature interactive exhibit by INFN.
Photo Cecilia Fiorenza, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
via Guido Reni 4A – Rome
December 2, 2017 / April 29, 2018.

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