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Summer Edition 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



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; through September 10


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




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



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


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


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



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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