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Summer Edition 2015

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Arte della Civiltà Islamica. La Collezione al-Sabah, Kuwait
Shown for the first time in Rome, more than 100 pieces of art from the collection of Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and his wife, Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah. For four decades, the couple have collected works of Islamic art and of the art of the Middle East before Islam. Their collection, comprising 35,000 items, is unquestionably one of the most important in the world not only in terms of its size but also in terms of the quality and originality of the works of art it contains. The exhibition is divided into two parts.  The first, which is strictly chronological, begins with a small numismatic section designed to provide a historical and geographical introduction to the main stages in the development of Muslim civilizations. 
The second sector probes the crucial artistic themes and modes of Islamic art, ranging from the formal stringency of its mesmerizing calligraphy and its learned and scientific exploration of the world of mathematics and geometry, to the endless imagery of the repeated floral motif known as the Arabesque and the abstract and realistic depiction of animal and human figures, thus setting straight the misleading idea that Islam was iconoclastic. 
At the Scuderie del Quirinale, Piazza del Quirinale
Sunday – Friday, 12–8 pm and Saturday 12-11 pm; through September 20

David LaChapelle – Dopo il Diluvio
American artist and photographer David LaChapelle returns to Rome after 15 years, with an important and comprehensive retrospective of more than 150 images. In 2006, LaChapelle walked away from a lucrative career in fashion photography and retired to the life of a hermit on an island in the Pacific Ocean. This exhibition will focus on the series of works realized from 2006 that embrace new aesthetic and conceptual concerns and mark a turning point in LaChapelle's artistic development. The exhibition will also host a body of work realized between 1995 and 2005. His works have been exhibited in important public and private international collections: Musée D’Orsay, Paris; the Brooklyn Mseum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Tel Aviv; Los Angeles County Museum, LA; the National Portrait Gallery, London; Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC.. through Palazzo delle Esposizione, Via Nazionale 194 (between Piazza della Repubblica and Venezia)
Sunday – Friday, 12–8 pm and Saturday 12-11 pm; through September 1

Tesoro della Cina Imperiale Palazzo
A display of more than 100 Chines art objects, from the Golden Age, which began with the Han Dynasty and contined through the Tang Dynasty. Artifacts on display include a funerary robe constructed of 2,000 strips of jade woven with golden threads, as well as glazed, earthenware and multi-colored vases, gold, silver and jadeite objects, gold and silver utensils decorated with forms and motifs influenced by Western design, ceramic sculptures, funerary statues and copper mirrors. These artworks offer a glimpse of the daily life, customs, culture, spirituality and art of the Chinese Empire in one of its greatest periods.
Palazzo Venezia Via del Plebiscito 118 (Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through February 28, 2016

Fen Zeng – La sinfonia delle civiltà
A retrospective exhibition featuring works by Chinese artist, poet and author Fen Zeng celebrates the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and cultural exchange between China and Italy. In effect the relationship between the culture of the two countries dates back 400 years, starting with Marco Polo (1254-1325) prescient to the pioneering Catholic missionary, Matteo Ricci (1552-1610).
Fen Zeng ’s paintings revive a distant culture, and recall ancient ties. When approaching conflicting experiences, he is careful to employ diplomacy through the expressive canons encoded in the Chinese tradition.
Complesso del Vittoriano, Via Di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 15

Also opening at this museum:
Yuri Kalyuta – Rosso su rosso
Russian painter Yuri Kalyuta showing for the first time in Rome, presents a selection of more than 60 works in oil and pastels. His paintings are an expression of Russia’s academic tradition against the strong use of chromaticism as a means to carry forth the emotional argument of the human psychic.
through September 15


Arte e sacro si fondono nelle mostre di Yves Klein, Sidival Fila e Tito
Three artists from different nationalities, generations and styles — Yves Klein, Sidival Row and Tito — whose works are linked through their common use of recurring themes and a complex synthesis of color, light and matter.
Museo Carlo Bilotti , Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Viale Fiorello della Guardia (Villa Borghese entrance from Piazzale Flaminia)
Tuesday – Friday, 1–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through October 11


Nutrire l’Impero. Storie di alimentazione
da Roma e Pompei

An exhibition conceived in conjunction with EXPO 2015, illustrates the foods of the Imperial Age when the first so called, “globalization of consumption” began around the Mediterranean basin.
Ara Pacis Museo Museo Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusto (near Piazza del Popolo) 
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm through November 15

Bamboo – Elisa Montessori
The artist's recent works display a unique mix of paint and stone, art and technique, blending the old and the new, while revealing the tedious and meditative impact of mosaic application, which when taken in an experimental direction, can create a new artistic fusion.
Casina delle Civette – Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70 Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through September 27




Leonardo da Vinci – Autoritratto
The self-portrait executed in the waning years of Da Vinci’s life, has been defined as enigmatic, fascinating and beautiful and it is perhaps his most recognized drawing. Recently restored, it is the sole focus of this exhibition. Events that played into the narrative of this portrait over the centuries accompany the work, revealing characteristics of the a sanguigna technique he used. Perhaps no other Renaissance artist can claim such genius. Leonardo da Vinci (Florence,1452 - France,1519) was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, catographer, botanist and writer.
Musei Capitolini , Piazza Del Campidoglio 1
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; through August 3.


Arturo Noci (1874-1953) Figure e ritratti degli anni romani
Seventeen paintingsby one of the leading Italian figurative artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the body of work created before he transferred to New York in 1923.
The works in this exhibition are divided into two halls, the first concentrates on his early phase and highlights his training. At the beginning of the 20th century, Noci presented a series of veiled nudes, tinged with eroticism that attracted wide attention, making him one of the most sought-after portratists in Rome during the Belle Epoque.
Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale , Via Francesco Crispi 24
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6:30 pm; through September 27

Lo Stato dell’Arte: l’Arte dello Stato
An exhibition featuring the Arts and Culture Ministry’s reacquisition of Italian art that in the past had been held or given to the State through purchases, recoveries, bequests or donations.
Castel Sant’Angelo Lungotevere Castello 50
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:30 pm; through November 29

Sintattica. Luigi Battisti / Claudio Adami / Pasquale Polidori
A site- specific installation of painting, sculpture, sound, and video. Fine lines and a tenacious bond might define the collaboration between the three artists, Claudioadami, Luigi Battisti and Pasquale Polidori, who have decided to present their works in the name of syntax, a word that from its root "syn", indicates precise union. The line, however, is the focus of a number of works in this exhibition. Claudio Adami's inspiration is derived from graphic transcriptions in selected texts by Samuel Beckett. Altogether, the works of these artists overlap and dialogue with environments and material of the sculptor Hendrick Andersen, whose work is the museum’s permanent installation.
Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 20 (near Piazza del Popolo)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9;30 am – 7:30 pm; through October 11

Gioacchino Ersoch (1815 -1902) Un architetto per Roma Capitale
An exhibition dedicated to Swiss architect, urban planner, and inventor Giocchino Ersoch celebrates the bi-centennial of his birth. Along with architectural models and design projects, the exhibition includes paintings and vintage photographs that document the period in which he worked in Rome, 1848 to 1889.
Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Via Di San Pantaleo (Piazza Navona)
Tuesdday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through September 20

L’eleganza del cibo. Tales about food and fashion
A major exhibition coordinated with Expo 2015 celebrates nutrition, which is the dominant theme of the world expo, and the relationships among nutrition, craftsmanship and the creativity behind the “Made in Italy” lablel. More than 160 creations from the 1950’s to present, some seen publicly for the first time, include accessories, clothing, photography, videos, holograms, video mapping and visual-art. Food-inspired fashion by Armani, Prada, Etro, Gattinoni, Ferragamo, Moschino, Ken Scott. Eight photographs by Korean photographer Yeonju Sung, depict how food can interact with fashion and assume its form.
Mercati Di Traino, Via IV Novembre 94
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through November 1

Corporate Art. L’azienda come oggetto d’arte
In collaboration with LUISS Creative Business Center, the National Gallery of Modern Art has invited artists and companies to confront the theme of Corporate Art with a focus on emphasizing the relationship between the business world and artistic creativity. The aim of the exhibition is to recover the tradition of cooperation and interaction between the two worlds.
GNAM viale Delle Belle Arti 131 (Parioli)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday and holidays, 2-7:30 pm; through October 11


Florence Henri
Photographs by American-born photographer Florence Henri (New York, 1893-1982) who produced a series of images focused mostly on Roman antiquities while sojourning in Italy between 1931 and 1932. Henri began her artistic career as a painter but turned to photography during her studies at the Bauhaus in Germany. Her portrait studio, along with that of Man Ray, was widely known in Paris. She is said to be one of the foremost surrealist photographers of the 20th century. Her wide-ranging portfolio of images explores the mechanics of perception. Henri’s works include portraits, still lifes, (mostly industrial objects), abstract composition, advertising, self-portraits and nudes. She lived most of her life in Paris and on the Isle of Wight and spent several years in Rome.
Terme di Diocleziano, Via Enrico de Nicola 79 (near Piazza della Repubblica)
Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:45 pm; through August 31


Steve McCurry: Oltre lo Squardo
"Beyond Sight", an exhibition of works by one of our most important contemporary photographers, presents a selection of his new works, and his most iconic images, with biographical information on his extraordinary life told therough a series of videos. McCurry came to interntional attention when he was smuggled into Afghanistan at a time when the Russian invasion had closed the country to Western journalists. It was there that he shot the now indelible portrait of a young Afghani woman with startling green eyes. He has produced several covers for the international press, more than a dozen books and a long list of monographic exhibitions. He has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award and four World Press Photo prizes. He was given a Knighthood of Arts and Letters by the President of the French Republic, and in 2014 he was presented with the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Royal Photographic Society of London.
Cinecittà di Mostra via Tuscolana, 1055
9:30 am - 7 pm; through September 20 €12


Josh Smith
The first solo show in Italy by American artist Josh Smith whose work is based on the unique technique he applies in the execution of works on paper, collage, engraving and book art. The exhibition of 100 paintings created expressly for the occasion ,documents the various phases of Smith’s artistic practice, which explores the relationship between authorship and serial imaging. Works include “Name Paintings,” Abstract paintings executed between 2009 and 2015 and Stage paintings. Josh Smith (Knoxville, Tennessee, 1976-) has shown in the U.S. and Europe.
MACRO Testaccio Piazza Orazio Giustiniani (Testaccio)
Tuesday – Sunday, 4 – 10 pm; June 4 through September 20


Jean-Luc Moulène. Il était une fois
Dedicated to one of the major figures on the International contemporary art scene. Thirty works by Jean-Luc Moulène, including objects, photogrrahs, and films express reflections on the condition of the artist in society, a radical criticism of the manipulations and seduction of representation, in a formal study, often tinged with humor and derision. Curated by Eric de Chassey, the exhibition focuses on recent works created by the artist for this occasion.
Moulène, who was born in Reims (1955), lives and works in Paris. He has shown worldwide since participating in Documenta in 1997 and achieving recognition for his first important project, Objets de grève (1999).
Académie de France, Villa Medici , Viale Trinità dei Monti 1
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through September 13

Buono da guadare:
cibo, arte e ritualità nelle fotographie di Mario Carbone

Mario Carbone’s photographs focus on food and nutrition. His works capture the deep sense of ritual and religion inherent in all aspects of food. Starting with production and continuing through to consumption, his images investigate the entire process, without neglecting the communicative value of each community represented. In typical ethnographic fashion, Carbone’s photographs reconstruct a part of Italy’s recent history of food in the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily, and Sardegna - southern territories with an economy still predominantly pastoral or linked to the activities of fishing. A series of photographs taken in India accompany the exhibition which also pays homeage to Expo Milano 2015.
Museo di Roma a Trastevere Piazza Sant’Egidio 1B
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm through September 9

Terrantica. Volti, miti e immagini della terra nel mondo antico
A selection of 75 artworks including ancient artifacts, statues, vases, and reliefs illustrate the practice of Earth worship from prehistoric times through the Imperial Roman era. A series of photographs dedicated to landscapes from antiquity to the wonders of the Earth link this exhibition to themes being addressed at Expo 2015 revolving around the forces of the Earth, man and divinity.
Anfiteatro Flavio – Colosseo Piazza del Colosseo
Monday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7 pm; though October 11


Lacus Iuturnae. La Fontana Sacra del Foro Romano
For many years the group of seven sculptures known as the Lacus Iuturnae has been closed to the public. Now, recently restored, they can be visited for the next few months. The sculptures depict the Dioscuri, the two divine brothers with their horses and plows, with four sides portraying images related to their legend, along with a hieratic statue of Apollo. Originally, the fountain's waters which were considered partifularly healthful, poured through a marble fountainhead.
Temple of Romulus, Via della Strada Vecchia, Foro Romano
through September 20

L’Eta dell’Angoscia da Commodo a Diocleziano (192-305 d.c.)

The fourth edition in a series of exhibitions marking the profound changes that took place during the Roman Empire from 192-305 AD. Traditionally considered the age of imperial crisis, during this time the seeds were planted that would transform the character of the empire and the society of late antiquity.
Capitoline Museum, Piazza Del Campidoglio
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 8 pm; through October 4


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

Maurizio Sacripanti. Expo Osaka ’70
Looking back to past international expositions with a selection of drawings, photographs, documents, project models and video interviews devoted to Maurizio Sacripanti’s design for the Italian pavillion at the International Exposition Osaka, Japan in 1970. The exhibition explores the architect's design processes.
through October 25




Olivo Barbieri – Immagini 1978 – 2014
A major retrospective of more than 100 images by photographer Olivo Barbieri traces themes and underscores his constant attention to perception, his capacity to interpret the reality he developed throughout this period of his artistic career.
through November 15


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 070400

Francesco Francaviglia – Mediterranean Darkness
Ritratti dalle stragi (Portraits of massacres)

Francaviglia’s compelling body of photographs invites viewers to reflect on the series of tragic events that have unfolded since the 1990s in and around countries facing the Mediterranean sea. This show, much an earlier portrait project by the photographer that narrated public reaction to the mafia tragedies of Capaci and Via D’Amelio, chronicles the horror of immigrant populations who arrive at the Italian coast having crossed dessert and sea in search of asylum.
through September 20

Nakis Panayotidis – Guardando l’invisibile
A selection of works executed over the past decade, which were shown at the Kunstmuseum Bern for the artist’s retrospective. Panayotidis is reportedly one of the most significant among European artists whose work is linked to the Arte Povera movement, although his artistic activity is not solely restricted to this genre. Panayotidis employs techniques that use photographs, paintings and drawings, — often simultaneously — onto which he builds a complex grafting material. The artist was born in Athens, Greece (1947). At an early age he moved with his family to Turin. He now lives and works in Bern Switzerland.
(Project Room #2 ) through September 13

100 Scialoja. Action and Thought
A retrospective dedicated to the centennial of Toti Scialoja, one of the greatest Italian artists of the late 20th century, featuring expressionist works from the early 1940s, the Roman tonalist painting style of the 1920s and ’30s and the last of his oeuvre, the large canvases executed in the latter years of the century. Included also are works from the well-known series "footprints,"  executed in the second half of the 1950s, works that leaned toward "Action painting.”. Scialoja defined himself during this period as ‘stylistically and emotionally attracted to American abstractionism’. Seen for the first time in an exhibition, the "Machine comb", one of the five original pieces of stage machinery Scialoja created for Rosso di San Secondo’s, The Rape of Proserpina, staged in 1986 for the theater season of "Orestiadi Gibellina ".The exhibition also explores writing and graphic design as artistic themes for children in a syntactic game created bt the artist.

I Belgi. Barbari e poeta
Works by major Belgian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In a sweeping overview, the show outlines the many facets of Belgian art and culture during this period. The title is inspired by a passage from De Bello Gallico, Julius Caesar’s “Horum omnium strong sunt Belgae” (Of all the peoples, the Belgians are the bravest), emphasizing the ancient link between Belgium and Rome and the fearless, unconventional character that is an integal part of Belgian culture.
Works by 20th century artists James Ensor (shown here), René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Marcel Broodthaers, Constant Permeke, as well as works by contemporary artists Panamarenko, Delmote, Jan Fabre, Pascal Bemier and others, illustrating the continuity of Belgium’s poetic and barbaric traditions.
through September 13

Opere della collezione MACRO #1: L’altra metà dell’arte
The first in aseries of cyclical exhibitions from MACRO’s permanent collection curated primarily around works of significant visual and environmental impact. This edition highlights the works of 17 women prominent on the Italian and International art scene and focuses on works dating from the 1960s and beyond to establish parallels between the different gererations, finding a few strands of continuity. Works by Titina Maselli, Carla Accardi, Giosetta Fioroni, Maria Lai, Isabella Dicrot, Sissi, Alessandra Tesi, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Elisa Montessori, Amparo Sard, Paola Gandolfi, Lia Drie, Rosanna Lancia, Nedda Guidi, Benedetto Bonichi, Beatrice Pediconi, and Elisabetta Catalano.
through November 8

Gli amici di Toti Scialoja e Gabriella Drudi
More then 70 works from the private collection of Toti Scialoja and Gabriella Drudi include paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics. The collection features works by Afro, Burri, Colla, Corpora, de Pisis, Fonatana, Dorazio, Mafi, Morandi and others, all friends and colleagues of Scialoja, collected from the second half of the 193s to the end of his career in the '90s, and during his tenure as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
through September 6.

Jonathan Monk –
All the possible combinations of twelve lights lighting (one at a time)

British artist Jonathan Monk left his Vespa PK parked in the museum with the lights on. The headlight, tail light, turn signal and brake lights on the instrument panel go on and off in a sequence he organized according to a precise rhythm of up to 479,001,600 possible combinations
through September 13



Hilla Ben Ari / Alice Cataneo – Tensioni E-Statiche

Ben Ari returns t Rome to present her latest artistic endeavor, a video created in honor of Nachum Benari (Ukraine,1893), writer, intellectual and the artists’ great uncle, who was one of the founders of both Ein Harod Museum and the nearby kibbutz. His acclaimed academic essay Tubal-Cain, a biblical-themed text, which examines issues such as arrogance, guilt and punishment within a collective setting, was the inspiration for Ben Ari current video. Her work attempts to retell the biblical tale through problems related to gender issues. Na’amah represents a sacrificial victims of more powerful forces, the feminine figure constrained to silence and marginalized by the men of her own family.
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch Via Pallacorda 15 (Ghetto)
Monday – Friday, 2-8 pm and Saturday, 4-8 pm; through September 12

este - in collaboration with The National Exemplar Gallery
A group exhibition featuring works by Ben Bloomstein, Matt Kenny, Tristano di Rabilant and Rand Hardy themed around the many meanings, uses and functions surrounding the word “head” – but more accurately, its transcendence from description to abstraction, and its application in aspects of nature, physical science and object identification.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Via Del Gesù 62 (near Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Friday, 12-7 pm; thorugh September 30

Tracey Emin – Waiting to Love
This will be Tracey Emin’s fourth exhibition with the Lorcan O’Neill Gallery. Her art is one of disclosure, using events from her own life as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture.
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Vicolo dei Catinari 3 Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm; through September 5



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

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