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4A Via Guido Reni
Italy 00196
Tel: 39 06 321 0181's insider take:

The 2010 inauguration of MAXXI—the National Museum of 21st-Century Arts, designed by Iraqi-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid—shook up Rome's complacent exhibition scene, finally providing the city with a dramatic space for contemporary art. This stunning, sinuous architectural masterpiece in the northern Flaminio suburb (a short walk from Rome's other contemporary catalyst, the Auditorium) is worth a visit for the building alone. The museum's remit also covers displays of modern and contemporary architecture. Although MAXXI's permanent collection is still very much in its infancy, the shows organized so far, though hardly blockbuster in nature, have exploited the magnificent container to the hilt.—Lee Marshall

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