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Week of Friday, May 19 - Thursday, June 1, 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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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 May 24 through June 4

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

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 June 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


Lucilla Catania – InMateriale

Works in stone and marble by Roman-born sculptor, Lucilla Catania. Early on in her career,. Catania abandoned the use of terracotta to begin a new creative cycle using these materials. Since her first solo exhibition in Milan in 1988, she has shown throughout Europe.
Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Di Villa Borghese
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm;
through June 4

Also at this museum:

Bimba Landmann – Cultura visive e immaginario fantastico
A selection of fantasy paintings by the children's book illustrator combines an imaginary fantasy world with the history of art.
through June 4



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

Venezia Scarletta. Lotto, Savoldo, Carian
The formula for the Venetian color known as scarlet red, once a carefully guarded secret handed-down through the generations by painters, dyers, alchemists and inventors, held a meaning far beyond the richness of the shade In the six artworks selected, Lotto, Savoldo and Cariani contextualized the transmutable quality of red from material to matter, skillfully allowing the painting itself to assume varied consistencies and iridescent tones.
Beyond these three artists, the Venetian painters wove scarlet red into the dense visual and symbolic plot that encompassed civic values, religious passions, worldly affections, and professional pride. The paintings are on loan from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Lourve in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, and the Accademia di Carrara,
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13 Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7 pm; through June 11


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

World Press Photo 2017
The World Press Photo of 2017, shot by Burhan Ozbillici in Ankara, Turkey in December 2016, was chosen from the Spot News Stories. One of the  most important awards in photojournalism, the prize is chosen by an independent jury of international experts.
through May 28

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

All’ombra delle piramidi. La mastaba del dignitario Nefer
Reconstruction in hierglyphics of an Egyptian funerary chapel.
Museo Barracco, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 166
Tursday -Sunday , 10 am -4 pm; through May 28





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

Marcello Lo Giudice – Eden, planeti lontani

A recent series of monochromatic works constructed from the metamorphosis of material and the overlapping process of light, create surfaces that resemble remote geological landscapes recalled in the first phase of universal creation before the coming of man. Lo Guidice will also present San Francesco, a sculpture composed of 9,000 bees in hand-painted gold.
through June 12


Please Come Back. The World as a Prison?
Twenty-six artists and over fifty works present prison as a metaphor for our technological, hyper-connected, shared and increasingly controlled societies. The exhibition addresses exponential development of digital technologies, the advent of social networks and how the use of data has progressively and inexorably changed our societies, bringing with it, the collapse of social and urban philosophies of sharing. A new way of interacting ushers in the establishment of new regimes that threaten to stripe us of privacy in the name of security.
through May 21

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

Otros sonidos, ostros paisajes

Exhibiting for the irst time in Italy, five sound artists explore the landscape in their native Chile from the Acatama desert to Patagonia.
through June 11

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

Gea Casolaro – Con lo sguardo dell’altro

The first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the Roman artist, Gea Casolaro. Works on view demonstrate Casolaro’s continuing investigation into social and cultural issues.
through June 11


Via Orazio Giustiana 4
Tuesday – Sunday, 2-8 pm

Pietro Fortuna – S.I.L.O.S
Presenting a new cycle of works created expressly for this exhibition, Pietro Fortuna reconstructs his artistic development over the past decades. Born in Padua (1950), Fortuna lives and works in Rome and Brussels.
through June 4

Alfredo Pirri – I pesci non portano fucili
The final stage of a retrospective dedicated to multi-media artist Alfredo Pirri. The title pays homage to The Divine Invasion, a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. Set in an indeterminate future, it explores a Gnostic theme and the dualities of good and bad, deeds and misdeeds, the system of cosmic universality. Fifty works produced by the artist from 1980 through the present portray the complexity of the city, not only as an urban agglomeration but as open space, a place for sharing and meeting, as well as the many facets of its decline.
Alfredo Pirri (Cosenza, 1957) lives and works in Rome. He is considered one of the most significant artists of his generation.
through June 4



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

Eric Bainbridge – Solo Show
An exhibition of sculpture by English artist Eric Bainbridge, known to have influenced a younger generation of British sculptors through his use of everyday materials. The show displays sculpture, sketches, and preliminary drawings.
Monitor ,Via Sforza Cesarini 43a-44 (historic center)
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm; through June 10

Evgeny Antufiev – Eternal Garden
The lightness of butterflies makes them an unlikely subject to be cast in bronze but Russian artist Evgeny Antufiev models his latest works, a series of butterflies in bronze and brass cast with embroidery work from a Nabokov novel. Known for his passion for butterflies, Nabokov employed themes in his work based on metamorphosis, rebirth and ephemerality. Antufiev’s oeuvre comprises a range of subject matter; bones, cloth, crystals, glue, hair, insects, marble, meteorites, teeth, snake skins and wood.
Z”O Galleria – Via Della Vetrina Via Della Vetrina 21
(near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday –Saturday, 1-7pm; through June 10

Tano Festa – Mi aprirò nel sole – opere 1960-1987

Festa was a principal exponent of the Roman Pop Art group, the School of Piazza del Popolo, although he preferred to define himself as popular rather than pop. The thirty works featured in this show, executed between 1960 and 1987, are based on a poem written by the artist in 1958. Many will be seen publicly for the first time.
Galleria Marchetti Via Margutta 8 (near Piazza del Popolo)
Monday, 4:30–7:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 1 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm;
through May 31

Nina Bovasso - Intrecci di Colore
Bovasso represents the new generation in New York. Since her youth, she has absorbed the city’s stimuli,. Influenced by the abstract paintings of her father and the graphics designs of her mother, she has elaborated her own style, a formal visual provocation triggered by an unstable harmony, nonlinear and evasive, hiding a complex and refined artistic research behind simple forms.
The artist’s latest works are clippings that have taken shape from a palette of harmonic colors and compatible tonalities. Her works in white consist of interwoven forms, biomorphic and rectilinear, cut from cardboard and secured onto a gypsum canvas
Nina Bovasso lives and works in New York. She has shown in Spain, Germany, Brussels, Italy and galleries throughout the U.S. She is represented by the Josèe Benvenue Gallery, New York
Sala 1, Piazza di San Giovanni 10
Tuesday – Saturday, 4:30-7:30 pm; through May 27



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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