New Partnership Between the Gasteig and Italy’s Largest Arts and Music Venue

New Partnership Between the Gasteig and Italy’s Largest Arts and Music Venue Renzo Piano based the design of the »Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone« on Roman architectural principles. Michael Amtmann/Gasteig

The »Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone« in Rome and the Gasteig are now official partners, with the aim of sharing experiences, artists and even staff between the two cultural centres. The long-term goal is to develop a network of European centres to expand and strengthen cultural collaboration across Europe.

Max Wagner from the Gasteig and José Manuel Irigoyen from the Auditorium are looking forward to collaborating © Michael Amtmann/Gasteig

The excitement started with the very first trip to Rome, given the similarities between the »Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone« and the Gasteig. The features of the music complex in Rome include several concert halls of different sizes – the largest can seat up to around 2700 people – and many smaller, multifunctional spaces. The buildings on the extensive site host all genres and forms of artistry, from music, theatre and dance to cinema, literature and exhibitions. The Auditorium is home of the »Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia« music academy as well as a library and several archives.

»I am very excited about the official partnership that has recently been agreed between the Gasteig and Italy’s largest concert venue. Establishing collaborations, building networks and sharing experiences and resources are top priorities for the Gasteig.«
Max Wagner, Managing Director of the Gasteig

The »Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone« was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and inaugurated by the city of Rome in 2002. All the colours and materials used for the auditorium are reminiscent of the Roman architectural tradition – white travertine stone, red tiles and the blue/grey concrete used to construct the domes of famous buildings like the Pantheon.

With its red seats and light wood, the largest auditorium is reminiscent of the Isarphilharmonie at Gasteig Haidhausen © Michael Amtmann/Gasteig

The futuristic capsules of the three main concert halls – which are visible from miles around – are linked together by foyers. The focal point is the large central arena that acts as an open-air theatre and piazza, making it a popular meeting spot in the north of Rome. It is also an attractive excursion destination since the auditorium is surrounded by around 30,000 square metres of parkland and is just a short distance from the banks of the river Tiber, the hills of the Parioli district and the former Olympic village.

The Gasteig and the Auditorium want the new German/Italian partnership to be a source of mutual inspiration and collaboration in the long term. Eventually, they intend the initiative to result in a network of cultural centres across Europe and similar institutions in France, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Denmark have already agreed to participate.

More information (in English and Italian) about the »Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone« is available here.

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