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Week of Friday, June 16- Thursday, June 30, 2017

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Roma Pass
The city of Rome offers a pass good for three days of public transport plus free admission to two museums and reduced prices for all other museums and major events. The cost of the three-day pass is €30. Buy them at tourist kiosks or museum ticket counters.
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Silvia Codignola - Autobiografia della Madre

Over forty works on canvas in tempera and oil, drawings and sculptures in gypsum ranging from small to large in size, created over a ten-year period, from 2006 through 2016. The exhibition explores the relationship between mother and son from conception throughout maturation.
Born in Ivrea (1962), the artist lives and works in Rome.
Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera Di Villa Borghese
Viale Fiorello La Guardia 4
Tuesday – Friday, 1-7 pm; through September 17

Piranesi. La fabbria dell’utopia

A selection of over two-hundred works in engraving and watercolour significant to the importance of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s (1720-1778) role as one of the central figures in European art in the eighteenth century. The works are taken from the museum’s archives and the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi,
Piazza San Pantaleo 10 (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7pm;
through October 15

La bellezza ritrovata. Arte negata e riconquistata

Works of art retrieved by the arm of the Carabinieri responsible for the discovery and return of artworks removed from public and private collections. The exhibition is in conjunction with the June 2nd national holiday celebrating Republic Day, which ended monarcial rule in Italy.
Musei Capitolini, Piazza Del Campidoglio 1 (Campidodglio)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through July 1


Tim Youd – Augustus
The American performance artist replicates John Williams's novel Augustus, which descrbies the rise to power of the Roman Emperor. In Youd's show, every page of the novel l is recreated on a single sheet of paper, then placed over a second sheet and repeatedly passed through the typewriter. At the end of the rewriting work, the two sheets are separated and mounted side by side like a diptych. Augustus is the fiftieth novel of the series by Youd. Christopher Knight of the LA Times wrote of Youd’s work in 2013, “Endurance performances such as Youd's extended project of physically writing the book have different functions. But most have one thing in common: They exploit the limits of focused concentration. Always a challenge, the scramble these days is to keep afloat in the interactive environment of virtual and analog realities.”
Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (Piazza Augusto Imperatore)
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 17

Pintoricchio. Pittore Dei Borgia

The first public viewing of the fresco fragment, allegedly depicting Giulia Farnese as the Madonna reunited with Baby Jesus. Pope Alessandro VII considered the work of art unfit to hang in the Vatican and had it semi-destroyed - a few pieces of the work were salvaged by either the Pope himself, or someone in his family, because a small fragment of a fresco depicting an unusually beautiful Christ child held by pair of graceful hands with another hand caressing his foot (which became known as The Baby Jesus of the Hands) was listed as part of the collection of Flavio Chigi, relative of the late Alexander VII Chigi, in 1693, as well as a half-figure fresco of the Madonna. The two fragments were not attributed to Pinturicchio until 1912, when an art historian and descendant of the Chigi family revealed it was the work of Pinturicchio and not Perugino, as original thought. The painting had been in the Chigi family since the 17th century.
Musei Capitolini (Sala Pietro da Cortona) ,Piazza del Campidoglio
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm


A retrospective of fifty master works by Fernando Botero Angulo (Medellín, 1932), the Colombian artist whose signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. In recent decades, he has lived most of the time in Paris, but spends one month a year in his native city of Medellín. He has had more than 50 exhibits in major cities worldwide, and his work commands selling prices in the millions of dollars.
Complesso del Vittoriano Via di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, Friday, 9:30 am – 10 pm
and Sunday, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm; through August 27



Also at this museum:

Giovanni Boldini
A retrospecive exhibition featuring more than 200 paintings by Giovanni Boldini, the masterful Italian genre and portrait painter and protagonist of the Belle Epoque, who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career. An article published in Time magazine (1933) referred to Boldini as the Master of Swish, alluding to his flowing style of painting. Stylistically, Boldini's work is associated with the painters of the Macchiaioli movement. His eclectic style made most evident in the period and society portraits where he navigated the luminousity of Realism while also taking inspiration from the eighteenth century English portraitists. through July 16


Da Caravaggio a Bernini.
Capolavori del Seicento italiano collezioni reali di Spagna

A selection of paintings and sculpture by Caravaggio and Bernini,on loand from the Spanish crown, traces the close political and cultural paths established between the artists of the Court of Spain and Italian artists during the course of the 17th century. The exhibition includes works by Valasquez, Domenico Montini, Federico Barocci, Antoniao Raggi, Alessandro Algardi, Guido Reni, Giovanni Baglione, Domenico Guidi, Ercole Ferrata and Fede Galizia, one of the few known female artists of the 1600s.
Scuderie Del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16
(Piazza del Quirinale)
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm and
Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm; through July 30

Dai Crivelli a Rubens

A selection of works from Fermo (in Le Marche region) reveal the rich collection of art housed in the Pinacoteca Cività, which like many museums and churches was damaged by the earthquakes of 2016. Altarpieces by Carlo and Vittore Crivelli, Ottaviano Dolci and Giuliano Presutti, the Adorazione dei Pastore by Peter Paul Rubens, Pietro da Corona and Baciccio are among the pieces brought to an auxiliary location in Rome while the pinacoteca undergoes restoration.
Complesso Monumentale Di San Salvatore in Lauro ;
Piazza Di San Salvatore in Lauro (Piazza Zanardelli – Via dei Coronari)
Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 1pm and 4-6 pm; through July 9




Jean-Michel Basquiat – New York City
Honoring, one of the foremost figures in contemporary art, the show is comprised of 90 works on canvas in large dimension, examining Basquiat’s rapport with his native New York. As an artist, he immersed himself in high art and graffiti, jazz and rap, punk and pop culture, anatomy textbooks and comics, then channeled this complexity into sophisticated, layered works that presaged today’s internet culture.
Though Basquiat soon left the conceptual graffiti of his early days behind to exhibit in art galleries, his paintings used the language and symbols of the creating images that honor black males as kings and saints. Sadly, his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 27.
Chiostro Del Bramante, Arco Della Pace 5
(near Piazza Navona)
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm and Saturday,
Sunday 10 am – 9 pm; through July 2


Colori della prosperità: frutti del Vecchio e Nuovo mondo

Some 170 graphic illustrations of botanical entities represented in the sixteenth century festoon frescoes of Giovanni da Udine in the Loggia di Raffaello on the ground floor of the villa. Da Udini’s extraordinary representation of plant, vegetable and exotic species from the Americas within an arc of twenty years after the continent’s discovery leaves an important historical account on multiple levels.
Villa Farnesina, Via della Lungara 230 (Trastevere)
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm; through July 2




Stanza d’artista. Capolavori del ‘900 italiano
Seventy works from the museum’s permanent collection by leading Italian artists Sironi, Martini, de Chirico, Savinio, Pirandello and Ferruccio Ferrazzi, whose work is shown here.
Galleria D’Arte Moderna Di Roma Capitale,
Via Francesco Crispi 24 (between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through October 1



Spartaco. Schiavi e padroni a Roma

This exhibition reveals the complex world of ancient Roman slaves, starting with the last major slave revolt led by Spartacus between 72 and 71 BC. Having become a gladiator, he was knowledgeable in combat fighting and succeeded in training a multitude of slaves and marginalized persons turning them into an fighting force able to hold back the mythical Roman army for several years. The exhibition is divided into twelve sections displaying over two hundred and fifty archaeological finds, ten photographs and an audio-video installation.
Museo Dell’Ara Pacis Lungotevere in Augusta (Piazza Augusto Imperatore) Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 17

Dario Fo e Franca Rame: Il mestiere del narratore
Works in drawing, canvas, tapestry, copioni, photographs, documents, costumes, and objects from the private collection of Nobel laureate playwright, comedian, actor, lyricist and theatre director, Dario Fo and his actress, playwright and political activist spouse, Franca Rame. Throughout their years as performers and activists, they were among Italy’s most powerful voices..
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13 (Piazza Barberini) through June 25


I Fori dopo i Fori. La vita quotidiana nell’area dei Fori Imperiali dopo l’Antichità
An examination of artifacts found during archaeological excavations over the past 25 years offers insights into daily life in the area from the medieval to the modern era. A series of illustrated works show the rise of a city and highlight the events that shaped it.
Mercati Di Traiano, Via IV Novembre 94
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 – 7:30 pm; through September 10


Arman 1954-2005
A restrospective on a grand scale covers half a century of works by the French-born American artist Arman was a painter who moved from using objects for the ink or paint traces they leave - cachet, allures d'objet - to using them as the painting itself. He is best known for his accumulations and destruction-recomposition of objects.
Fondazione Roma Museo - Palazzo Cipolla,Via Del Corso 320
Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 – 7:30 pm through July 23



Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata
The aura of mystery surrounding the life of Vivian Maier contributes to the current fascination with the artist and her work. A nanny by profession and a photographer by vocation, her Rolleiflex was her constant companion.  In 2007, when the real estate agent John Maloof bought at auction, a part of Maier’s archives that had previously been confiscated for an unpaid debt, he immediately realized that he had found a precious treasure and from that moment onwards, his search for material by this mysterious photographer was relentless. Ultimately, he acquired more than 150,000 negatives and 3,000 prints. The exhibition comprises 120 black and white photos taken during the 1950s and ‘60s. A selection of color photos dating from the ‘70s and several Super 8mm films that accompany the exhibit, illustrate how Maier approached her subjects. Exercising a style that was imposing yet discreet and decisive, Vivian Maier photographed images of the cities she lived in – New York and Chicago – revealing an innate curiosity and an eye for detail.
The exhibition is curated by Anne Morin and Alessandra Mauro
Museo Di Roma In Trastevere, Piazza DiSant’Egidio 1b
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm; through June 18

Also at this museum:

Italo Isolera – Il Bianco e Nero delle Città

A series of black and white photographs document the process of urban development that took place in many Italian cities from post WWII through the 1980s . The photographic works examine the defense of Italy’s cultural and environmental patrimony.
through July 9



DNA The Great Book of Life from Mendel to Genomics
Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, a science that has changed our way of understanding nature, is one of the leading figures in an exhibition that explores what is essentially a microscopic and invisible world. More recent discoveries by scientists such as Watson and Crick, both of whom have enabled us to understand the structure and function of DNA, are also highlighted
Palazzo delle Espozioni Via Nazionale at Via Milano
Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm
and Friday and Saturday 10 am – 10:30 pm; through June 18

Also at this museum:

Georg Basellitz. Gli Eroi
This exhibition explores a particular phase in the career of Georg Baselitz, one of Europe’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Baselitz’s figures are combatants, the partisans and victims of war, in which the hero figure, in its exclusively male variant, loses the positive image, displaying his fragility, precariousness, contradiction and failure. The artist configures a surprising delicacy in his portrayal of giant figures in tattered attire, who stand out starkly, though wounded and vulnerable, against a backdrop of rubble.
Baselitz (1938 -) was born in SachsenAnhalt and educated in the German Democratic Republic before moving to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1958. Between 1965 and 1966 , he painted a cycle of pictures entitled"The Heroes," many of which were selected for this exhibition.
through June 18


Collosseo – Un’icona
Divided into six sections, the exhibition presents the historical-cultural influences of the amphiteatre from painting to restoration, architecture and urban planning, to entertainment and literature, to sociology and politics.
Anfiteatro Flavio – Collosseo Piazza Del Colosseo
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 – 5 pm; through January 7, 2018



Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
Viale Delle Belle Arti 131 (Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Conversation Piece: Opera della Collection la Caixa d’arte Contemporanea
The exhibition, which takes its name from the work of Juan Muñoz, relates a group of works by artists with different poetic voices. As the expressive gestures of the three characters of Muñoz suggest, the exhibition possesses the strength of dialogue, but also that of contrast, seduction, and the search for meaning. The works in this show are on loan from the prestigious Caixa Collection of contemporary art, which has been a catalyst for dialogue and narratives that underline the meaning and relevance of works in the collection.
through September 17


MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo , Via Guido Reni 4A (Flaminio) 
Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 11 am - 7 pm, Saturday, 11 am - 10 pm

Showcases styles and trends that have guided interior spaces since the early twentieth century. The complexity of contemporary society is presented through a selection of renderings, photographs, films and video interviews along with models, prototypes and objects that recount the domestic environment, workplaces, reception and commercial spaces, museums and installations, furnishings and accessories.
through October 29



Museo D’Arte Contemoranea Roma, Via Via Nizza 138 at Via Cagliari (near Piazza Fiume)
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm tel 06 671 07040

Cross the Streets

A compilation of street art as practiced by celebrated local and internatinal artists working in the genre over the past forty years. The exhibition is curated by Paulo von Vacano.
October 1


Via Orazio Giustiana 4
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:30 -7:30 pm

MacroManara. Tutto ricominciò con estate romana ì
A retrospective exhibition tracing the career of Veronese cartoonist, the inimitable Maetsro dell’eros, who collaborated with his longtime friends Hugo Pratt and Federico Fellini on award winning projects.
Milo Manara born Luson,Bolzano (1945) was recognized at the start of his career for his creation of erotic police stories in the series known as The Genius, later followed by the sexy series known as Jolanda Almaviva. Other significant creations and collaborations and will be highlighted in the exhibition.
La Pelanda through July 9


Foto Leggendo 2017

Rome’s annual photographic festival returns this year. Among the ten or so photographers whose work will be featured: Australian Tamara Dean, Laia Abril, Lorenzo Castore, Esa Ylijaasko and Larry Fink, whose work is shown here.
La Pelanda, through July 1



Rachel Whitehead
Whitehead has created important public works throughout the world. Beginning with House in 1993 in London, these now include the Holocaust Memorial in Vienna, Water Tower and Cabin in New York, and The Tree of Life for the façade of Whitechapel Gallery in London. This exhibition in Rome comprises works made over the past two years, and includes a unique double-door sculpture, resin and concrete casts of windows and walls, as well as large new works made with papier-mâché. Rachel Whiteread (London 1963) is one of the leading artists of her generation. She represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and has had numerous international museum exhibitions. In September, a major survey of her career to date opens at Tate London; it later travels to the Belvedere, Vienna, and to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Galleria Lorcan O’Neil Vicolo Del Catinari 3 (Jewish Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm; through July 29

Francesco Cervelli / Mauro Di Silvestre – Nel fondo del tempo

The exhibition takes it title from a play by author and playwright Jean Genet, in which "background", referring to the concept of time, suggests an idea of ??both spatiality and temporality. In a two-man show featuring work by Italian artists Francesco Cervelli and Mauro Di Silvestre, works interact with one another on themes of memory as elements revisited in the mind. Two large site-specific canvases have been created for the gallery entrance. The upstairs gallery has been set up by the artists themselves with the theme of time in all its facets.
All the works on display play with the memory as remembered, relived but not Mucciaccia Contemporary, Piazza Borghese (Via Del Corso)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through July 7



Charles Ray – Mountain Lion Attacking Dog
Ray plays with the conventions that have defined the canons of classical sculpture. In this exhibition, he revisits the famous Hellenistic sculptural group Lion Attacking a Horse (Greek, 325-300 B.C.; restored in Rome in 1594) from the Capitoline Museums, converting the naturalistic scene of primal violence, into a typically American vernacular. In Ray’s hands, this icon of Rome, much admired by Michelangelo Buonarroti, is transposed to an American wilderness increasingly encroached upon and compromised by urban sprawl. For many years, Ray has hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains, a coastal range in Southern California bound by major traffic arteries and some of the most densely settled areas of the United States. The mountains host a variety of wildlife, including a dwindling population of Mountain lions, a vestige of the storied American frontier, struggling to survive in a habitat too isolated and too small to sustain it.
American Academy, Via Angelo Masina 5 (Monteverde Vecchio)
Thursday – Saturday, 6-9 pm; through July 2

Martìnez Canovas – Transmutation
Two talented Spanish artists with stridently different perspectives and approaches to art. Using pencil, plastered wood, oil, enamel and a splash of color, Martìnez Canovas applies an unorthodox approach to artistic language while his refined technique allows him to explore the darkest corners of a fantastical world inhabited by animated and surreal creatures. The artist takes inspiration for his work from artists like Hieronymus Bosch, H.R. Giger and the writings of Kafka.
The image of a fast and dynamic city emerges strongly in Luis J. Fernandez’ body of works on paper in acrylic. For Fernandez, the city seems to be the ideal scenario to represent the changing society in which we live. Urban space, created from varied architectural styles, becomes the starting point for his analysis of social phenomena. Fernandez examines the visual character of the city, from its external rather than interior aspect and views it as a place of exchange, expressive and cultural integration that survives man in its ability to continuously renew..
RVBArts, Via della Zoccolette 28 (near Piazza Farnese)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 1:30 pm and 4-7:30 pm; through June 24

Imperdibile Marilyn

Three-hundred objects that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe on display from collections worldwide offer a view into the private life of one of Hollywoods’s most iconic and enigmatic figures.
Palazzo Degli Esami, Via Girolamo Induno (Trastevere)
Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 11 pm and Friday, Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
and Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm; through July 30



Alessandro Twombly
A sculpture in bronze, works on canvas and paper in oil and gouache depict exquisite colourful images of flowers in which Twombly returns authenticity to nature and the spectrum of colour it enhances. In the Val Gardena series of drawings, Twombly calls to memory the familiar landscape of his early youth. His latest works take inspiration from real life elements or sensations in deserted environments, where they are reduced to an optical illusion by blinding light. Twombly has shown widely in the United States, and throughout Europe.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo,  Via Del Gesu 62 (Pantheon)
Monday, 2-7 pm, Tuesday – Friday, 12-7 pm and Saturday, 3-7 pm;
through September 30

Boom /Beat / Bubble

In collaboration with the Galleria Nazionale dell’Arte Moderna, engravings from the Institute’s permanent collection are presented in an exhibition in Japanese prints created with the traditional technique of autoctona del ukiyo-e. A selection of fifty-four works from twenty-four artists illustrate how the tradition was affected during the economic boom of the 1960s, the Beat movement post-1968, up to era known as the Economic Bubble. The works depict a country that looked from within, concentrating reflectively on itself.
Istituto Giappones di Cultura, via Antonio Gramsci 74 (Belle Arti – Villa Borghese)
Monday – Friday, 12:30-1:30 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am – 1 pm; through October 12



RvB Arts
A new concept in art acquisition, introducing buyers to rising new talent at affordable prices. The gallery shares space with a delightful antiques shop, the Antiquariato Valligiano, so the art is displayed in a relaxed, home-like setting.Works are offered in a variety of media — oils, sculpture, photography — priced at €200 - €5,000. It’s a treasure trove for first-time collectors, as well as seasoned art aficionados, decorators — anyone with an appetite for original artwork, and it’s a great place to discover new talent. Many of the artists whose work is on display have won prestigious awards, and all of the works offer good investment potential. The founder and director of the gallery, British-born Michele von Büren, graduated from Oxford University before coming to her beloved Italy, working first as a journalist before finding her niche in the art world.
Via delle Zoccolette 28
(off Via Arenula near Campo de’Fiori)
tel 335 1633518 www.rvbarts.com
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am -1 pm and 4-7:30 pm

Sala 1
Founded in 1970 by sculptor Tito Amodei, Sala 1 hosts exhibitions featuring contemporary works of art by Italian and international artists working across a broad spectrum of artistic styles and art trends.

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