Sou Fujimoto Architects’ Energy Forest Exhibited at the Maxxi Highlights/Vision


Highlights/Vision is a special exhibition at the MAXXI Museum, Carlo Scarpa Room running between 11 March 2016 – 6 November 2016. Sou Fujimoto Architects Energy Forest composed of multiple perforated objects is also exhibited within the scope of the exhibition.

Sou Fujimoto’s vision finds expression in an artificial spatial system whose form and functions are inspired by nature. The Energy Forest is a forest-like energy fuelling station; a great tree on whose branches people, vehicles and animals move and interact in a constant energy flow. The project places living creatures together in a space where light, wind and vegetation are the complex landscape of this future energy distribution station, a place to stop, and spend time.

Sou Fujimoto, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paolo Soleri, Luca Vitone, Franz West and Chen Zhen draw inspiration from a continual need for transformation, while different their poetics share a tension towards a renewed reality in which nature and artifice coexist in harmony.

This exhibition prompts a dialogue among the selected works of Italian and international artists and architects present in the MAXXI collection around the theme of vision, that is, the capacity to see objective reality and transfigure it in a subjective dimension.

Perceptions, intuitions and utopias are the instruments artists use to present us their ideas about the world and about how to change it. Starting from a perception, and with the aid of science, technology, art, culture and politics, the selected artists and architects modify the way we see, hear and interpret reality.

All images © Sebastiano Luciano, courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI