Some of the world’s most influential female architects and architectural personalities in history are featured in a new exhibition running at the MAXXI Museum in Rome until 11 September 2022 and India’s architect Anupama Kundoo is one of them being featured.
On display, among other things, are some of the names and stories that have had, or still have, a crucial impact. The exhibition also includes a series of video interviews with authors/authors that reconstruct the stories and theories that accompany this narrative. Signe Hornborg, the first woman in the world to graduate in architecture in Helsinki in 1890; Zaha Hadid, the first woman architect to receive the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2004; Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first African American to enter the profession in 1954; Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray, two icons of modernist design – are some of the protagonists of the exhibition “Good News. Women in architecture” at MAXXI.
The exhibition Good News aspires to document how new figures are infusing new forces into contemporary architecture. In particular, concerning the Museum’s Collection and the aim of expanding it, the exhibition pays particular attention to studios’ work directed or co-chaired by female designers and those professional bodies that are more aware of the changes taking place integrating them into their design process.
The exhibition is arranged in four thematic areas – entitled Stories, Practices, Tales, and Visions – and is enriched with the site-specific installation ‘UNSEEN’ designed by Frida Escobedo. Stories presents the work of 85 women who have had a lasting impact on architecture in the last 100 years. Practices focuses on 11 contemporary female architects: Elizabeth Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Mariam Kamara, Lina Ghotmeh, Anupama Kundoo, Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT), Lu Wenyu (Amateur Architecture Studio), Dorte Mandrup, Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang), Grafton Architects, Kazuyo Sejima, and Assemble. Tales consists of eleven interviews with eleven influential women involved in the architectural design field. Visions features five videos about the relationship between gender identity and architectural space.