The striking Zaha Hadid building felt a little empty with an entire floor closed off and an empty space where the bookstore used to be.
The Bellissima exhibit is on the top floor in my favorite space in the museum. There is a very engaging video installation intercutting scene's from Luchino Visconti's film with fashion shoots. There are gorgeous dresses by Pucci and Valentino. One or two cases of impressive jewelry by Bulgari and a few pairs of stylish shoes. I loved all of it. I just wish there had been more.
Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 runs until May 3. The MAXXI is open Tuesday through Sunday.