rome: rietveld universe

in a previous post we told you of rome's magnificent new maxxi national museum of 21st century arts. opening there today is universo rietveld, an elaborate exhibition that focuses on the architecture and design of gerrit rietveld. rietveld is known as an anticipator of many of the developments in modern architecture and the concept of of democratic design in which quality is married to mass production. the show features over 100 works of architecture and design, including drawings, photos and models. interestingly, a rietveld workshop installation has been erected in which visitors may experiment with the construction of a number of pieces of furniture by dutch master [on through jul 10]. location: via guido reni 4a [flaminio]. photo: gerrit rietveld's iconic zigzag chair [1934]