MAXXI’s First Birthday: 479,628 Visitors in 310 Days Since The Opening

artwork: Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto (L) stands besides one of his art works entitled 'Lui e lei abbracciati (He and She Hug each other)' at the inauguration of his show 'Michelangelo Pistoletto - Da Uno a Molti, 1956-1974' at Maxxi Museum in Rome, Italy. The exhibition with more than 100 works from Italian and American public and private collections on view through15 August 2011. - Photo by EPA

ROME.- MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts designed by Zaha Hadid celebrated its first birthday having opened to the public on 30 May 2010 after a three-day inauguration (27, 28, 29). To mark the occasion there was a great family party on Saturday 28 May: the museum piazza was awash with the colours of the MAXXI windmills made by the visitors with the museum’s Education Department staff. Visitors to the museum received also an exclusive limited edition gift: a pin realized in collaboration with Il Gioco del Lotto and inspired by the fluid lines of Zaha Hadid’s architecture.