lunedì, novembre 06, 2006

One of my favourite Buildings: the MART

Mart - the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto - came into being in 1987 as an independently administered body of the Autonomous Province of Trento. It divides among three sites: the Renaissance Palazzo delle Albere in Trento, the Museo Fortunato Depero in Rovereto, and the Archivio del '900, also in Rovereto. Fifteen years after its foundation the MART still comprises three galleries: Palazzo delle Albere, the Museo Fortunato Depero (temporarily closed for restoration), and the large complex designed by the architect Mario Botta, together with the Rovereto engineer Giulio Andreolli, and inaugurated in Rovereto on 15 December 2002. The MART's new Rovereto exhibition centre occupies a site between Corso Bettini and the hillside to its rear. The museum complex lies behind two mansions fronting on to the street - Palazzo Alberti and Palazzo dell'Annona - and blends well with the urban landscape, merging the old with the new. Access is provided by a mall between the two palazzi which leads to the central piazza of the MART exhibition centre. The piazza constitutes the heart of the complex. As a modern agora measuring fully forty metres across, like the Pantheon in Rome, it can accommodate 1,200 people. The piazza is covered by a 25-metre-high steel and glass cupola pierced in correspondence with the fountain at the centre. The museum building comprises four floors. Located in and around the main lobby are the reception desk, the information area, the bookshop, the cafeteria, the lecture hall, and the cloakrooms. Visitors may proceed from the ground floor to the basement area, which houses the Archivio del '900 (the museum's archives) and the Library, or to the first floor, which consists of areas set aside for temporary exhibitions, the museum's educational section, and its offices. On the second floor, a glass and steel walkway takes the visitor to an area of approximately 3,800 square metres exhibiting the museum's permanent collection, which is organized into two broad sections

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