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Alessandro Monti

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Johan & Levi
Former Professor of Theory and Politics of Development at the Faculty of Law, University of Camerino, where he taught Science of Administration and headed the undergraduate degree in Political Science, has lectured at the universities of Rome La Sapienza, Viterbo, Ferrara and Kyoto, and served on the national university board. He was a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage and Services for the Lombardy Region and director of the CNR research project: "Organisational and management models for the development of cultural activities in museums and exhibition venues". His publications in the field of economics and politics of art and culture include: Assetti organizzativi e strumenti normativi per la gestione e lo sviluppo sostenibile dei musei pubblici (2006).

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Inaugurated in May 2010 to great public acclaim, and placed in receivership in May 2012 for budgetary imbalances, the MAXXI is currently in the laborious process of getting back on its feet with a different board of directors. This text is a cautionary tale of over-ambitious projects, managerial shortcomings, erratic funding and  political decisions taken without a detailed analysis of costs and benefits for the community. In the incongruous position of being a state-owned museum run by a private foundation, the MAXXI was launched without a clear, convincing cultural raison d'être, compared to similar bodies which boast a greater social utility.Alessandro Monti reconstructs the political and bureaucratic implications of creating a museum "on paper", and the controversial aspects of an administration that had to contend with an excess of competing museum spaces and an unsuitable container: designed by renowned Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid at a cost to the Treasury of over one hundred and eighty million euro, the imposing concrete building has proved to be more spectacular than functional.This in-depth investigation of the MAXXI's crucial issues and weaknesses concludes with a series of possible solutions to the current problems, and various proposals to improve future performance, rethinking the Foundation's strategic priorities and overall game plan in organisational, operational and relational terms. Moving forward, it will be important to ensure greater transparency and get the staff more involved in the management of the museum, as well as taking a more selective approach to the exhibition programme, capitalising above all on the permanent collections. and finally making the MAXXI a national landmark.
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Il MAXXI a raggi X

Indagine sulla gestione privata di un museo pubblico

Alessandro Monti

publisher: Johan & Levi

pages: 96 pages

Inaugurated in May 2010 to great public acclaim, and placed in receivership in May 2012 for budgetary imbalances, the MAXXI is currently in the laborious process of getting back on its feet with a different board of directors. This text is a cautionary tale of over-ambitious projects, managerial shortcomings, erratic funding and  political decisio
 

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