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December 1 - December 14, 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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Giovanni da Rimini. Passato e presente di un’opera (172575)
This panel on loan from the National Gallery London is contrasted with the Galleria Barberini’s piece, the Story of Christ. The two works were once thought to be one unified work of art. It is a principal example of the work of artists who, in the late Middle Ages developed the Riminese style, a renewal of Adriatic painting after Giotto’s appearance in the city in 1300.
Galleria Nazonale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini  Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through  February 18.

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Altro Rinascimento. Il giovane Filippo Lippi e la Madonna of Tarquinia (172574)
A tribute recognizing the centennial year of the discovery and identification of Filippo Lippi’s piece by noted art historian, Pietro Toesca in 1917. The exhibition includes documentation of the discovery from the State archives and a section dedicated to the artistic situation in Florence during the last quarter of the 14th century.
; through 18 February


Traiano. Costruire l’Impero, creare l’Europa
Celebrating 1900 years since the death of Roman Emperor Trajan, the exhibition highlights key moments of his life while also focusing on his achievements as the 360° builder. Trajan left behind some of the most illustrious monuments, ones that have been essential to the characterization of Rome and its infrastructure and architectural works. He is also known for social reform, welfare programs, and economic incentives
The exhibition dislplays artefacts from archaeological sites, and the Capitoline Museum, a selection of Trajan coins, statues, and addresses the role of the Imperial woman.
Mercati Di Traiano,  Via IV Novembre 94  (Via Nazionale) 
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through September 16


Antonietta Raphael Mafal – Carte (172742)
A selection of fifty works on paper most of them shown publicly for the first time, cover the period from 1920 through 1975, the year of Antonietta Mafai’s death. The exhibition is divided into two sections; painting and sculpture, both reveal mostly nude females, portraits, maternity and fertility, recurring and preferred themes of the artist.
These themes are inspired by and in references to family life, to everyday reality, but also to Ms. Mafai’s Jewish roots.
Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Villa Borghese  Viale Fiorello La Guardia 6 
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; through  January 21



Artisti all'Opera
Celebrating the collabration of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with some of the iconic artists of th e20th entury: Pablo Picasso, Renato Guttuso, Giorgio De Chirico, Afro, Alberto Burri, Giacomo Manzù, Mario Ceroli, Arnaldo Pomodoro and William Kentridge, whose set for Alban Berg's opera Lulu is shown here.
Museo Di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza San Pantaleo 10 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through March 11




I Grandi Maestri. 100 Anni di fotografia Leica
More than 350 tphotographs taken by some of the most illustrious photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson , Gianni Berengo Gardin, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt and many others for whom the Leica was the preferred camera. The show, supported by documents, original magazines, rare books, vintage photographs, and camera models, celebrates 100 years since Leica’s inception. The image shown here is by Elliott Erwitt.
Complesso Del Vittoriano, Via Di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; Friday, Saturday, 9:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm; through February 18, 2018.




Hokusai - Sulle orme del Maestro
Through some 200 works, the exhibition recounts and compares the production of the master Hokusai with that of some of the artists who have followed his footsteps, giving rise to new lines, shapes and color balance. Hokusai (c. 1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by Sessh? T?y? and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (shown here). Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fine Wind, Clear Morning, that secured Hokusai’s fame both in Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, "Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series". While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition. n 1811, at the age of 51, Hokusai changed his name to Taito and entered the period in which he created various etehon, or art manuals. These etehon, beginning in 1812 with Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing, served as a convenient way to make money and attract more students. Manga (meaning random drawings) included studies in perspective.
Museo Ara Pacis, Lungotever Augusto (near Piaza del Popolo)
9:30 am - 7:30 pm through January 14. Closesd  November 20, December 25 and January 1.

L’icona russa: preghiera e misericordia

This exhibition of Russian icons is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the renewed official relationship between the Russian Federation and the Reign of the Order of Malta. As well, this year officially marks the 320th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Empire, guided by Peter the Great and the Order, which at that time governed the island of Malta.
Museo Di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza San Pantaleo 10 (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through December 3


Elizabeth Peyton / Camille Claudel – Eternelle Idole
The third edition of the UNE exhibition cycle combines the works of two female artists: portrait paintings by American artist Elizabeth Peyton (1965) and sculpture by French artist Camille Claudel (1864 – 1943). Born a century apart, their works interact to reveal their distinct approaches to portraiture, myth, and gesture. The exhibition coincides with the centennial of the death of Auguste Rodin, hence the show’s title refers to one of his most powerful sculptures.
Villa Medici – Accademia Di Francia Viale Della Trinità Dei Monti 1
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through January 7


Dai io a noi: la città senza confini
The works of 22 nationally and internationally recognized artists presenting their visions of today’s cities. The works seek to portray the essence of today’s cities. The following artists contributed works: Lara Almarcegui, Botto & Bruno, Maurizio Cattelan, Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Jimmie Durham, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Claire Fontaine, Alber- to Garutti, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Piangia- more, Eugenio Tibaldi, Grazia Toderi, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa, Tobias Zielony, and Rosa Barba, whose work is shown here.
Palazzo Del Quirinale, Piazza Del Quirinale
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Among the seventy plus works selected for this exhibition of works by 16th-century artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldi (Milan 1526 – 1593), twenty works are drawings and paintings, on loan from museums and private collections being shown publicly in Italy for the first time. Arcimboldo’s career as an artist began at an early age with the execution of designs for stained glass windows at the Cathedral in Milan. He later became known for compositions of imaginative portrait heads created from fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. In 1562, he became the court portraitist to Ferdinand I at the Habsburg court in Vienna and later to Maximillian II and his son Rudolf II of Prague. Some of his more extravagant and avant-garde piece were rediscovered in the early twentieth century by Dadist and Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalì.
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13
Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 am – 7 pm; through February 11



Mangasia. Wonderlands of Asian Comics
The largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms, many of them rarely if ever shown outside their country of origin. The selection characterises the creative processes that underlie the production process from scripts, sketches and layouts to finished pages. The exhibition offers a survey across the entire realm of the new comics continent of Mangasia, showing artworks from Japan, North and South Korea, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, as well as emerging comics cultures in Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia and Vietnam. Thematic sections will contrast the diversity of fantastical folklore, real history and daring experimentation in comics from across the entire region. The exhibition will explore precursors of comics found in Asia’s visual narrative traditions and their continuing impact beyond the printed page on live-action and animated film and television, music, games, fashion and contemporary art. The show is curated by Paul Gravett and a team of over twenty advisors.
Palazzo delle Esposizione, Via Nazionale 194 (Piazza Veneia and Piazza della Repubblica)
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm; through January 20


Claude Monet was a key exponent who large extent became the most iconic figure in the Impressionist movement. His paintings are firmly characterized by their depiction of landscape and leisure activities in Paris and its environs as well as the Normandy coast where he was grew up. He was introduced to plein-air painting by Eugéne Bourdin, transforming it into a lifelong ritual. Monet's artworks captured the prevailing themes of plein-air, natural scenes and the many varied atmospheric elements of nature. He succeeded in transforming colors into pure energy, dissolving the rational unit of nature into an indistinct, ephemeral, flawless flow with no confining borders. Monet may well have given freedom to the concept of painting. The exhibition features sixty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet of Paris. They are the same works the artist kept at his home in Giverny which were donated to the museum by his son Michel.
Complesso Del Vittoriano Via Di San Pietro in Carcere
Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 10 pm
through February 11


Totò Genio
Fifty years after his death, an exhibition dedicated to the actor/comedian Totò seek to introducie him to a younger generation simply by bringing attention to his onscreen character and contribution to the interpretation of Italian culture elaborated through the lens of Italian cinema and a selection of photographs and movie clips.
Museo di Roma in Trastevere Piazza Sant’Egidio 1b (Trastevere)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; through February 18


L’essenziale verità delle cose Francesco Trombadori

A retrospective tribute to Francesco Trombadori (Siracusa – 1886 – Rome 1961) whose works captures a rare rapport between artist and Rome, the artists’ elected patria since the turn of the twentieth century. Trombadori was a prominent figure among artists from the School of Roman Art.
Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Via Francesco Crispi 24
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am - 6:30 pm; through February 11


Enjoy:L'arte incontra il divertimento

A themed exhibition including amusing works, many site-specific and interactive, by artists Alexander Calder, Mat Collishaw, Jean Tinguely, Leandro Erlich, Tony Oursler, Ernesto Neto, Piero Fogliati, Michael Lin, Gino De Dominicis, Erwin Wurm, Hans Op de Beeck, Studio 65, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, and TeamLab, curated by Danilo Eccher.
Chiostro del Bramante, via Arco della Pace 5 (near Piazza Navona)
Monday-Friday, 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday-Suday, 10 am - 9 pm; through February 23


Picasso. Tra Cubism e Classicismo: 1915-1925
From a distance of a hundred years, the exhibition will retrace Picasso's 1917 trip to Rome and Naples following Sergei Diaghilev's company Ballets Russes with poet Jean Cocteau and Igor Stravinsky. During this trip Picasso met and fell in love with Olga Khokhlova, the first dancer in the company and his first wife.
Le Scuderie del Quirinale Via XXIV Magggio 16
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8pm and Friday,
Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm; through January 21



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 dell’Arte Moderna Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm



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

Michel Comte – Light
One of the most prominent photographers of his generation, Michel Comte's new body of work reveals the impact of global warming on glacial landscapes. Ten years ago, Comte gave up his career as a fashion photographer in order to fully devote himself to creating his most ambitious project to date. An expert climber and pilot, he beganphotographing glacial environments 30 years ago, returning to the same places for more than ten years to document even the tiniest changes in light and the landscape.
This exhibition consists of the study of natural landscapes through large sculptures, photos, video installations and projections. His depictions of glacial landscapes defy the tradition of landscape photography by alternating close-ups and partial details with panoramic views and abstract, evocative structures, thereby unveiling the unpredictable and frosty nature of these gigantic natural sculptures.
through December 10


Home Beirut Soundings: The Neighbors

In the current edition of a series of exhibitions focused on interactions across the Mediterranean, 36 artists from diverse disciplines (architecture, film, music, dance, research, and activism) contribute 100 works to a show which seeks to identify the important trends in the creative exploration of contemporary reality, incarnate in the city of Beirut.
through May 20




Corpo , Movimento, Struttura. Il gioiella contemporanea e la sua costruzione

The success of a piece of jewelry often depends on bhow effectively it is able to succeed at conveying and transmitting the traditional aesthetics of the craft.
This exhibition explores jewelry both on a large and small scale while examining certain features of contemporary jewellery highlighted in the work of international masters; Babetto, Bielander, Britton, Cecchi, Chang, Sajet. The jewellry is presented together with preparatory drawings so as to illustrate the development of the design process and the execution of the one-off and limited edition pieces, a process very different to that of industrial jewellery.
through January 14



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

Léonie Hampton - Mend – XV Edizione Commissione Roma / Guy Tillim - O Futuro Certo
A retrospective of the photographic works of Johannesburg-born artist Guy Tillim coupled with the recent body of work by British photographer Leonie Hampton from the Mend series, shown at the 15th edition of photography Roma. Hampton is known and appreciated especially for the intimate approach and interaction he forms with his subjects, insinuating himself almost exclusively in the everyday setting of a family nuclei. For this project, he was guided around Rome by Stalkers, an artistic group recognized for their encyclopedic knowledge of lesser-known places in the city — unfinished urban buildings and projects, large abandoned spaces returning wildlife and animals, and temporary villages and singular habitations that rise on the banks of the Tiber, inhabited by migrants trapped in legal limbo. Concentrating on her quest for the legacy of these places, Léonie's images pulsate with a mysterious energy and seem to describe a world on the verge of collapse, yet still burdened with life. What emerges is a contemporary archeology that opens questions about what is happening in this world and whether it can contain the clues of what will happen in the near future.
South African photographer, Guy Tillim mainly known for his work on the turbulent regions of sub-Saharan Africa, has devoted much attention to Johannesburg and its tensions. His latest project, Museum of the Revolution, is winner of the prestigious HCB Award of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Tillim collaborated with the Rome International Photography Festival on numerous ocassions begining in 2006.
through December 26



Piazza Orazio Giustiniani (Testaccio)
Tuesday – Sunday, 2-8 pm




Magia del Costume (donna-in giallo..)
Featuringworks by set designer and painter, Gaetano Castelli, recognized as one of Europe’s premier set designers for his television and cabaret sets yet, lesser known for his intricately detailed costume paintings and sketches of Moulin Rouge cabaret figures. Castelli’s mastery and deft application of the 16th century technique known as velatura is on display in the selection of twenty-four oil works in oil on canvas. The artist describes his process as “making use of the costume as a pretext to introduce a magical world of colour, light and fantasy.”
Galleria Paolo Antonacci, Via Alibert 16/a (P.za di Spagna – Via Margutta) 
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 1 pm and 2-7 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm; through December 10




Matvey Levenstein – New Paintings
Levenstein's third exhibition at this gallery focuses on landscape and still lifes painted in and around his studio on the northern shores of Long Island. His calm and meditative paintings of intimate and familiar subjects combine exceptional technical skills with a profound knowledge of traditional oil painting techniques. These images, some of which take years to complete, look towards precedents like Chardin and Morandi in their use of everyday objects or landscapes as a metaphor for eternal human concerns.
Levenstein was born in Moscow, and after a brief period in Rome and Vienna, settled in the USA, where he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Yale University School of Art.
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill,   Vicolo Dei Catinari 3 (Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am -7 pm; through  January 13


Gianni Piacentino – Works 1966-2017 (Studio_7-1…)
A solo exhibition features over thirty works. This exhibition like other reent retrospectives of his work at the Center d'Art Contemporain in Geneva (2013) and the Prada Foundation in Milan (2015-2016) t draws upon his use of elements of continuity, the specificities of individual moments and periods. These works highlight a kind of temporal short-circuit between classism and contemporaneity. The artist describes his vision as one of self-mannerism.
Mucciaccia Arte Moderna e Contemporanea,
Largo Della Fontanella Di Borghese 89 
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 7:30 pm


Moto Ondoso StaBile (172436)
A group show featuring the works of Neil Gall, Rezi van Lankveld, Alessandro Sarra, Jessica Warboys and Jinn Nazzarena Poli Maramotti, whose work is shown here. Collectively, their works represent a reflection on specific aspects of painting media.
Z20 Galleria – Via Della Vetrina  21 (Via Dei Coronari) 
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm;  through February 17


Milton Gendel – ritratto d’autore
Twenty photographs in black and white chosen from an archival selection of 7200,  the exhibition is dedicated to writers, Italian saggisti, English and Americans known and frequented by photographer Milton Gendel, who for seventy years has made photography his major activity and his devotion to the Leica as the preferred camera choice.
After the Second World War, Gendel (New York, 1918) settled in Rome where he has lived since 1949. From the start, he was part of the artistic and intellectual milieu of post-war Rome.  Gendel was ART News correspondent and is attributed with having introduced Italian artists to the U.S. art scene. In 1977 he curated the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Biblioteca Nazionale Central,  Viale Castro Pretorio 105 
Monday – Saturday; November 30  through  January 26



Jannis Kounellis – Impronte

The last graphic works of artist Jannis Kounellis, (1936 –2017), the Greek-born Italian-based artist, who was one of the key figures associated with the Arte Povera movement. In some of his first works, Kounellis stenciled numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street. In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at the prestigious Galleria La Tartaruga. His works are found in private and museum collections worldwide.
Istituto Centrale Per La Grafica, Via Poli 54 (Fontana di Trevi)
Tuesday – Sunday, 2-9 pm; through January 7




Alessandro Sicioldr – Night Chant
Alessandro Sicioldr's paintings embark on a journey into the irrationality of the unconscious to discover abysmal and fantastical worlds. Sicioldr creates dreamlike atmospheres in which personal visions merge with historical symbols and imaginings of strange and mythological creatures, hybrids and replications of gods. These are the protagonists of the artist’s oils, drawings and watercolors. Many of his subjects arise from the reinterpretation of ancient stories,.
Alessandro Sicioldr was born in Tarquinia in 1990. In his father's studio, he learned the art of drawing and painting with a training aimed at the technical procedures for the preparation of pigments and lessons based on the famous treatise of Cennino Cennini, The Book of Art , written in the early 15th century.
RVB Arts, Via delle Zoccolette (near Via dei Giubinari)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 12:30 and 4-7:30 pm; through December 2






Nathaniel Mellors - Escape from Neolithic
English artist Nathaniel Mellors returns after a five year absence from Rome exhibition with s recent video and a selection of artworks.
Monitor, Via Sforza Cesarini 43a-44 (historic center)
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm; through December 20

Part 1
A group show featuring the works of emerging artists Lulù Nuti, Simone Pappalardo, Baldassare Ruspoli and Delfina Scarpa
Each artists gives his and her individual expression to diverse mediums and sound, through the euse of a wide range of materials — paper, glass, iron, and wood. The works are displayed on the gallery’s walls and floors, accompanied by sound that reverberates throughout the gallery.
Alessandra Bonomo, Via del Gesù 62
Monday – Friday, 12-7 pm; through January 30


Sala 1

A selection of works by ten photographers traces the history of the gallery's collaboration with Rome’s International Photographic Festival since the first edition in 2001. The exhibition reviews themes such as immigration, urban contexts, nature, history, performance and family. The works offer a reflection on the medium of photography and its communicative power as seen in the collage works of Francesco Amorosino, and those of Ali Assaf, Stefano Fontebasso De Martino, Tatsumi Orimoto, Guido Orsini, Rax Rinnekangas, Thomas Rousset (whose work is shown here), Susana Serpas, Chantal Stoman, Heinz Stephan Tesarek. Collectively, the works find a new approach to storytelling.
Sala 1 – Centro International d’Arte Contemporanea, Piazza San Giovanni 10 (San Giovanni)
Tuesday – Saturday, 4:30-7:30 pm; through January 10

Nicole Voltan – Piano Cielo / Piano Terra
Nicole Voltan imagines distant spaces calculated across a timetable of a billions of years that take into consideration the mineralization of matter and the fossil power of the universe. The artists’ thoughts have no bond, no commitment to the present, instead, express a perspective toward primordial origin and a cosmological future.
Mucciaccia Contemporary, Piazza Borghese 1a (Piazza in ’Lucina)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7: pm; through December 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

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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