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Edition 2016

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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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Salvino Camposa – Redemption

A selection of 31 black and white images by photographer Salvino Camposa, who seeks to capture an emotional and expressive awareness of people from various cultural and religious backgrounds, and diverse geographical locations.
Museo Nazionale Delle Arti E Delle Tradizioni, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 8 (Eur)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 30

The Lasting. L’Intevallo e la Durata

Works by Italian and international artists of diverse generations along with selections from the permanent collection. Shown here: a masterful work by Giovanni Fattore.
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Viale Delle Belle Arti 131 (Parioli, north end of Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through January 29, 2017


Capolavori dell’Antica porcellana cinese
A selection of 74 precious ceramics crafted in the ancient Chinese tradition offers an overview of the work produced in China from the Song and Yuan dynasties, 960-1368 (a period of heightened prosperity), to the Ming ceramics of Jingdezhen kilns, 1368-1644 (where ceramics were produced for the Imperial Court), to the most recent production during the Qing dynasty, 1644-1911, when imperial production peaked at its highest level of full maturity.
Palazzo Venezia Via Del Plebiscito 118 (Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through February 16, 2017


Tesori per l’aldilà La Tomba degli Ori di Vulci.
Dal sequestro al restauro

A superb collection of jewellery and other finery from a sixth century Etruscan tomb excavated in Vulci, which have have been restored to their original splendour. 
Museo Nazionale Etruscan Di Villa Giulia
Villa Poniatowski Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9
(at Via delle Belle Arti, Parioli)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7 pm; through December 31

Capolavori da scoprire
This unusual museum in a former public works facility juxtaposes shiny modern equipment with ancient artefacts. The addition of three new acquisitions enrich the museum permanent collection. These include three mosaics depicting the rape of Proserpina and the funerary trousseau of Crepereia Tryphaena, a young girl deceased days prior to her wedding. Discovered in the excavations during the late 1800s, the finds included gold jewelry, precious stones and a doll made of ivory with inlay, believed to be have been crafted in Egypt in the 2nd century AD.
Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106
Tuesday– Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through January 8, 2017

Domon Ken – Il Maestro del realismo Giapponese

A retrospective dedicated to the veteran photographer, and pioneer of Japanese realism, a pivotal figure in the history of modern Japanese photography. The exhibition is comprised of more than 150 images shot from the 1920s to the 1980s, documenting the path of social realism prior to and during WWII. Some images in the portfolio trace the tragedy of Hiroshima.
Museo Dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta
(near Piazza del Popolo)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 18

Benvenuto Ferrazzi (1892-1969)

The first retrospective in Rome of paintings works by Benvenuto Ferrazzi , an artist little known outside the perimeters of the Roman School of which he was a key exponent during the first half of the 20th century.
Casino Dei Principi - Villa Torlonia Via Nomentana 70
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; September 25


Dialogo sulla Misericordia. Dal Seicento all’Ottocento

Ten paintings on loan from the Hermitage Museum in Moscow, underscore the concept of Mercy, which is the theme of this year's jubilee., Italian and Russian masterpieces from the seventeeenth century Euopean perspective through Italian painting in the nineteenth century when emphasis was placed on religious,mystical, historical and social themes.
Complesso Monumentale di San Salvatore in Lauro, Piazza Di San Salvatore in Lauro 15
(off via dei Coronari near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 am – 1 pm and 4-7 pm; through September 25

Camille Henrot – Monday
Henrot’s work blurs the traditionally hierarchical categories of art history. She is best-known for her videos and animated films combining drawing, music and occasionally scratched or reworked cinematic images. Her recent work, in sculpture, drawing, photography and, film, considers the fascination with the "other" and "elsewhere" in terms of both geography and sexuality, reflected in popular modern myths that have inspired her, such as King Kong and Frankenstein. The artist's impure, hybrid objects cast doubt on Western history and highlight its borrowings and grey areas. Born in 1978, Camille Henrot lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the
Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Chisenhale Gallery in London, the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, and the New Museum in New York. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington, DC, where she produced the video Grosse Fatigue awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale.
Fondazione Memmo – Palazzo Ruspoli, Via Della Fontanella Di Borghese 56 ( near Lungotevere Augusta)
Wednesday – Monday, 12-7 pm; through November 6


Alphonse Mucha

The first major retrospective of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) with more than 200 works including paintings, posters, drawings, decorative works, jewelry and furnishings, tracing the creative path of this most celebrated exponent of Art Nouveau. At the turn of the end of the nineteenth and onset of the twentieth centuries, Mucha was broadly known for his style of combining images of seductive women into compositions and using innovative typographical layouts to create original posters. He ushered in a new and affordable artform that flourished in Paris’ Belle Epoque. His style was soon to expand to a series of graphic works and decorative home furnishing that appealed to art lovers in Paris and other countries. In 1904, during a visit to the US, the media hailed Mucha as the greatest decorative artist in the world.
While his fame increased internationally, Mucha developed a strong desire to contribute to the independence of the Czech people. Mucha believed in the universality of art, and its inspiring power to communicate, calling for the creation of a spiritual union of the Slavic peoples and, ultimately, of the entire human race. The Mucha doctrine was love of territory and utopian ideals as manifested in his masterpiece, The Slav Epic (1911-28).
Complesso Del Vittoriano Via Di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm,
Friday - Saturday, 9:30 – 10 pm and Sunday, 9:30 – 8:30 pm; through September 11

Also at this museum:

Barbara. The Icon

The celebrated life of the Barbie doll that has expressed the aesthetic and cultural transformation of society since it entrance on the market more than half a century ago. Unlike other myths of modernity that were crushed by the passage of time, the Barbie doll has been privileged to resist the passing of years, its image, represented in over fifty nationalities, reinforces cultural identity and serves as a global i mirror.
through October 30



Roma Anni Trenta: -
La Galleria d’Arte Moderna e le Quadriennali l’Arte Nazione 1931 – 1939

A panorama of works representing the trends, and characteristics that defined Italian art during the 1930’s. Focus is placed on masterpieces as well as lesser known works of art of significant importance, seen publicly for the first time. The painting shown here is by Mario Sironi.
Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Via Francesco Crispi 24
(Piazza Barberini-Piazza di Spagna)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6:30 pm; through October

Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas e il popolo di Roma

Some 142 original drawings by French artist Antoine Jean-Baptiste depict 19th century Rome, the people, rituals and the daily life of the streets and piazzas..
Museo di Roma Piazza Pantaleo 10 (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm;  through September 11


Exhibitions – Palazzo delle Esposizione
Via Nazionale 194
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm


Gianni Berengo Gardin. Vera Fotografia.

The exhibition reviews the long career of Gianni Berengo Gardin (Santa Margherita Ligure 1930), the photographer who has managed to capture the Italian spirit and era better than any other over the past fifty years.  His life and work depict a straightforward portrayal of Ithe Italian social landscape.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni Via Nazionale 194
through August 28


Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4 (Testaccio)
Tuesday-Saturday, 3-8 pm and Friday-Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm

Ugo Rondinone – Giorni d’oro + notti d’argento
Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone has devised an itinerary developed around two environmental installations conceived as cycles that transform the exhibition spaces into fantasy settings, encouraging the visitor to engage with the works.
At MACRO Testaccio, a number of works are gathered in a dazzling setting dominated by lights, colors and large animated installations. Forty-five clowns, postured as may poses represent activities of everyday life, while expressing the anguish of human solitude. The installation is enriched by hundreds of rainbows, designed by students from schools throughout Rome, who hae been involved directly with the artist in collaboration with the museum’s Education Department.
This exhibition travelled from the Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam and will continue to the the Bass Museum in Miami, and to Art Basel in December. Ugo Rondinone (Brunnen Switzerland, 1964 -) lives and works in New York. His work revolves around visions linked to fantasy and desire, but not devoid of shiny, playful and surreal aspects. In 2007 he represented Switzerland at la Biennale di Venezia and in 2013 he exhibited his public work Human Nature at the Rockefeller Center in New York. His last exhibition in Rome in 2001, was Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. His works are in the collections of MoMA New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, the Dallas Museum of Art and others.
MACRO Testaccio Piazza Orazio Giustiniani
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 11 and at
Mercati Traiano – Via IV Novembre 94 Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through September 11


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

Shahzia Sikander: Ectasy as Sublime, Heart as Vector

Showing for the first time in Italy, Pakistani artist, Shahzia Sikander’s rich and complex oeuvre reflects his observation of the present through the lens of the imagination, symbols, literature and the history of diverse cultural traditions. A selection of 30 works in various media and idioms from drawing to miniatures referring to the Indo-Persian tradition and from video to digital animation. through October 23

Benvenuto! Sislej Xhafa
A visual journey showcasing the complexity of the modern world, encourages the observer to reflect both in personal and collective terms on social, economic and political phenomena in a global context. The exhibition comprises 30 works, spanning from the 1990s through to the present and a site-specific installation created expressly for this show.  through October 2

Extraordinary Visions. L’Italia ci Guarda
A selection of works from the portfolios of 40 masters of photography recounts the beauty, and contradictions of Italy, The150 images include blighted landscapes, ideally scaled cities, neglected suburbs, monumental architecture and marginal urban spaces. Celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the Italian Republic.  through October 2

Pier Luigi Nervi  - Architecture for Sport 

A selection of drawings, photographs, documents and models from more than 60 projects for sports facilities, many of them taken from the Nervi Archive in the museum's architectural collections. 
through October 2 



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

Roma Pop City 60-67
A retrospective covering one of the most exciting chapters in contemporary art in the city of Rome, a period of intellectual and experimental stimuli engendered by the intense artistic and cultural activity of the artists collectively known as the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo: Franco Angeli, Nanni Balestrini, Titina Maselli, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Rotella and many others. The show comprises 100 works in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film and documentary. MACRO - July 13 through November 27

Videocracy # 1: Bruce Nauman / Cheryl Donegan

An exhibition surveying three monumental video works by two iconic artists of the 20th century; Bruce Nauman and Cheryl Donegan. The survey focuses on Nauman’s "Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimater of a Square" (1967-68, 10’ 35” and Donegan’s "Head" (1993, 5’ 56”) and "Sets" (1997, 3’ 16”), making generational, genre, media – film styles and methodological comparisons between the works of the two artists.
through October 2

Segni, alfabeti, scritture.
Percorsi nell’arte contemporanea attrverso la collezione Macro

The exhibition explores the relationship that occured throughout most of 20th century between the visual arts and writing as depicted in art movements from the historical avant-gard to collages, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, the visual poetry of the 1970s, and conceptual art of the 1990s. A selection of non-figurative works from the museum’s permanent collection illustrates the way in which writing can be understood not only in gestural and calligraphic contexts, but also conceptually.
Works of the following artists are represented in the show: Gastone Novelli, Achille Perilli, Antonio Sanfilippo, Bice Lazzari, Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra, Gianfranco Baruchello, Nicola De Maria, Domenico Bianchi, Vasco Bendini, Naoya Takahara,Maurizio Arcangeli, Claudio Adami, Luca Maria Patella, H. H. Lim, Claire Fontaine and Carla Accardi whose work is shown here.
through November 2

Appunti di una generazione #3:
Matteo Basilé – Pietra Santa / Gioacchino Pontrelll

The third edition of the museum’s studio project showcases works by two Italian artists who emerged in the the 1990s.. Matteo Basilé presents his new series of photographic works depicting marble quarries of Carrara and Gioacchino Pontrelli selection of works in which paintings of figurative and abstract forms are manipulated in a collage of signs and images.
through October 2

Dall’oggi al domain. 24 ore nell’arte contemporanea

A selection of more than 70 works comprised of painting, photography, video, journals, music, and digital creations by Italian and international artists who reflect on the language of cultural expression as an instruments of time that effect and characterize our daily lives. The work shown here is by Guido Paolini.
through October 2


William Kentridge – Triumps and Laments
A project begun last March covering the retaining wall along the Tiber River between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini is underscored by a series of initiatives that portray the monumental unfolding of the history of Rome. The exhibition features charcoal figures designed by the Kentridge depicting the iconography of ancient Roman art as well as incorporating images and stories derived from the history of the Catholic Church, including a poignant St. Teresa of Avila, and continue to invoke contemporary history represented by a moving installation dedicated to the murder of poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. In addition to a a selection of works presented at the Venice Biennale of 2015, the exhibition comprises a series of ink drawings and pastels, created especially for this occasion. A large paper frieze measuring over six meters in length reproduces the totality of the sequence of monumental figures realized for the bank of the Tiber project. The exhibition also includes cutouts of figures and objects, seen publicly for the first time. Subsequently, they will be used as standards by the performers for the musical and theatrical event designed by Kentridge in collaboration with Philip Miller, who will be present during the two-day inauguration. Also being shown is video documentation of the preparatory process filmed by the artist over the years, and fundamental to understanding the evolution of the entire project
through October 2


MACRO - Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Testaccio
Piazza della Giustiniani Tuesday – Thursday, 2-8 pm

Cristiano Pintaldi – Daòòa Materia alla Luce

The artist is known and appreciated for his personal technique of pixel decomposition, a process from which he recreates digital images on canvas. through October 1, 2016



Frank Gehry – Fish Lamps

One of the most celebrated architects living today, Gehry’s career spans six decades and three continents. Known for his imaginative designs and creative use of materials, he has forever altered the urban landscape with spectacular buildings that are conceived as dynamic structures rather than static vessels. Gehry has always experimented with sculpture and furniture in addition to his architectural pursuits, coaxing inventive forms out of unexpected materials, from Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82) — chairs and tables carved from blocks of industrial corrugated cardboard — to the Knoll furniture series (1989–92), fashioned from bentwood. The Fish Lamps evolved from a 1983 commission by the Formica Corporation to create objects from the then-new plastic laminate ColorCore. After accidentally shattering a piece of it while working, Gehry was inspired by the shards, which reminded him of fish scales.
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crespi (near Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; July 18 through September 16

Dario Coletti – Monte Etna

A selection of fourteen images in black and white by photographer Dario Coletti capture the the sublime beauty and mystic of Mount Etna’s planetary otherness.
Doozo Galleria Via Palermo 51 (Monti) Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm; through September 22

Bendini ultimo (2000-2013)

Less than a year after his death, an exhibition dedicated to Italian informalist painter Vasco Bendini (Bologna,1922 – 2015) features a selection of 40 paintings. Bendini is considered one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.
Accademia Nazionale Di San Luca – Palazzo Carpegna, Piazza dell’Accademia di San Luca 77 (Fontana di Trevi)
Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm through October 1


Brian Eno: Light Music
The English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist best known for his pioneering work in ambient and electronic music as well as his influential contributions to rock, worldbeat, chance and generative music styles presents an audiovisual installation, centering around rectangular light boxes, which generate endless combinations of shadow, and colour. Eno is a self-described "non-musician," and has advocated a methodology of theory over practice throughout his career. He has helped to introduce a variety of unique recording techniques and conceptual approaches into contemporary music.
Valentina Bonomo ArteContemporanea
Via Del Portico D’Ottavia 13 (Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 3-7 pm; through Septmeber 30

Natalie Frank / Rachel Mason – Face to Face
The first solo exhibition in Italy by Natalie Frank, with the participation of the multifaceted artist Rachel Mason. Face to Face is a confrontation between the persona and the subconscious, between the evil of the world and the malaise derived from repressed desires. Frank's paintings and drawings are stages onto which her visionary personages act out hidden fantasies. She defines her mostly female grotesque characters as “portraits of what makes us human”. Her pictorial technique maximizes the tension between the superficial and the profound, between the figurative and the abstract.
The same cruel, clownish world animates Rachel Mason's video of psychedelic folk music in which the artist, performer, singer, sculptress and video maker narrates surreal stories of romance and curiosities. Elaborating on current and historical events, Mason transforms these into intimate and subjective stories through a visual language with a powerful Gothic vein.
Natalie Frank (Austin, Texas -1980 lives and works in New York. She has shown in prestigious galleries and museum’s throughout the U.S. Rachel Mason (Los Amgeles, CA – 1978) lives and works in Los Angeles. She has shown in China and throughout the U.S. in prestigious galleries and museums.
Galleria Marie Laure Fleisch, Via Pallacorda 15 (Ghetto)
Monday – Friday, 2-8 pm and Saturday, 4-8 pm; through September 10


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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