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October 14 - October 27, 2016

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Roma Pass
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Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma XV edizione: ROMA, Il Mondo
The 15th edition of Rome’s International Festival of Photography pays tribute to the 200th year anniversary of Goethe’s publication of “An Italian Journey” which underlined Rome’s role as the cultural crossroads of Europe.
MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma
Via Nizza (Piazza Fiume)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm;
October 21 through January 8

Quadriennale d’Arte tempi, altri miti
The 16th edition of this important national rendez-vous devoted to Italian art, the result of an agreement between the Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma and the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.  Eight years since the last edition in 2008, the show has been designed in an innovative manner, yet with the determination to maintain its institutional identity untarnished —an exhibition tasked with exploring the most significant trends in the panorama of the contemporary visual arts in Italy. The Quadriennale will be the product of multiple visions entrusted to ten different curators selected through a "call for project.” The projects as a whole envisage the presence of approximately 100 artists participating with a wide range of works, accompanied by a full calendar of events.
the painting shown here is by Marinella Senatore
Palazzo delle Esposizioni , Via Nazionale 194 (Piazza Venezia – Piazza della Repubblica)
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm; through January 8

Time is Out of Joint

With emphasis on reinterpreting its collection, the National Gallery reopens in a newly renovated space, which represents a radical shift toward abandonment of viewing art from the perspective of historical linearity.
GNAM – Galleria Nazionale dell’Arte Moderna,
Viale delle Belle Arti 131 (north end of Borgehese Gardens)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; October 15 through April 30


Arturo Dazzi - Roma – Carrara – Forti dei Marmi (163074)
Fifty years after his death, an exhibition dedicated to Tuscan sculptor and painter, Arturo Dazzi (1881-1966) features more than 60 works including sculpture, paintings, drawings, and works in gesso.
Musei di Villa Torlonia – Casina dei Principi Torlonia (Via Nomentana)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; October 16 through January 29

Picasso Images

Some 200 photographs, a significant choice of graphic works, sculptures and paintings from the Musée National Picasso-Paris offer a broad overview of an artist who built his worldwide fame and image through the cultivation of his art as an integral, inseparable and intimate part of every aspect of his life. The exhibition, divided into three sections, investigates Picasso’s relation to tphotography, beginning with early attempts to use this medium as an instrument to examine his surroundings, and serve as testimony to his creative progress. The last section addresses Picasso’s artistic maturity, from the post-war period, when he so effectively managed press relations.
Auditorium Dell’Ara Pacis Lungotevere Augusta
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through February 19




Tempo da Lupi
In a selection of photographs, biologist, photographer, and winner of the prestigious World Press Wild Life Award, Bruno D’Amicis pays homage to the wolf, an animal that has been the inspiration of countless tales and legends. capturing the wolf in its natural habitats in national parks in Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio.
This exhibition will also exhibit paintings by well-known nature artists, whose works serve to educate the public on the importance of fauna conservation.
Museo Civico Zoologico Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 18
(Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through November 13


Edward Hopper

A retrospective of more than sixty paintings celebrates the genius and incomparable style of American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). His cinematic use of light conveyed and illuminated recurrent themes in his paintings: a pervading mood of loneliness and the isolation of a nation thrust into modernity. His work explored tensions between the sexes, and depicted the contrasts between tradition and progress. Many of the works selected trace the development of an artist who is considered a classic of twentieth century painting.
Complesso del Vittoriano Via Di San Pietro In Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday Thursday, 9:30 am 7:30 pm, Friday Saturday, 9:30 am 11 pm and Sunday 9:30 am 8:30 pm; through February 12.
More exhibitions at this museum are listed below.




Tesori gotici dalla Slovacchia. L’arte del Tardo Medioevo in Slovacch
A selection of 36 masterpieces from the 15th and 16th centuries, on loan from prestigious museums and churches in Slovenia. These works, which have been under the tutelage of ecclesiastical administrators, reflect the cultural current spread throughout Europe at the onset of the Renaissance.
Palazzo Del Quirinale Piazza Del Quirnale
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30; through November 13



Love. L’arte conemporanea incontra l’amore

A group exhibition by international artists who have executed works that evolve around a common theme: Love.
Works by Gilbert & George, Vanessa Beecroft, Hans Berg, Francesco Clemente, Tracey Moffatt, Marc Quinn and others.
Chiostro Del Bramante Arco Della Pace 5 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, through January 19

Jean Arp
Fifty years after his death, an exhibition celebrating German-French poet, painter, sculptor, abstract and collage artist Jean Arp (1886-1966), one of the most significant artists from the early decades of the twentieth century until his death in the late 1960s.
Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme Di Diocleziano, Viale Enrico De Nicola 79 (Piazza della Repubblica)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am -7:30 pm through January 15

Valeriano Ciai – 1928
– 2013 Segni e Memorie
A retrospective of over thirty works of Valeriano Ciai trace his artistic development over several decades. Ciai lived and worked in Rome.
Museo di Roma in Trastevere Piazza di Sant’Edidio 1b (Trastevere)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7:30 pm; November 6



Mimì Quilici Buzzacchi – Tra segno e colore

Fifty artworks include paintings, graphics, engravings and documents, displayed in three exhibition spaces, retrace the long artistic activity of Mimi Quilici Buzzacchi (Mendole 1903-1990), which began during the late 1920s in Ferrara and continued in Rome until her death in 1990. A section will be dedicated to works of artists who were closely associated with Buzzacchi during her long career —Tato, Carlo Socrate, Filippo De Pisis, and Virgilio Guidi.
In the 1930s, Buzzachi participated in important national and international exhibitions. Together with the artists of the “officina ferrarese,” she worked on the decoration of the Villaggio Coraddini chapel (1938-40) in Libya while that country was under the governance of Italy during WWII.
Galleria D’Arte Moderna Di Roma Capitale, Via Francesco Crispi 24 (near Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 6:30 pm through November 27

also at this museum:

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.
through October 30



Antinoo. Un ritratto in due parti
This exhibition retraces the history behind the celebrated Antinoo portrait sculpture. Two pieces: face and torso, reconstruct
the original and trace the research that has identified the two fragments as part of a single sculpture. Both are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museo Nazionale respectively.
Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Piazza Di Sant’Apollinare 8 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:30 pm; through January 15




Gustavo Aceves – Lapidarium
A traveling public sculpture exhibition by self-taught Mexican-born artist, Gustav Aceves. Also known as Skeletal Horses, the exhibition comprises 22 bronze and marble horse statues that are broken or cracked and unfinished in appearance. The installation addresses immigration and was first installed at the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin in 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Sculpted human skulls depict immigrants who died during their journeys. The work will be installed with minor expository adjustments in other cities around the world throughout 2017.
Mercati Di Traiano, Via IV Novembre 94 (near Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through January 8

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


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


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

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


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


Edgar Honetschlager – Los Feliz
Artworks inspired by the film Los Feliz which will be shown in collaboration with the Center for Experimental Cinematography.
through October 16





Rachel Howard – Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian) (Rachel_Howard)
Ten paintings and a sculpture trace English artist Rachel Howard’s research into religion, death and violence.
through October 16



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

The Independent: BASE / Progetti per l’Arte
Founded in Florence in 1998, BASE is a non-profit artist-run collective of eleven artists who exhibit their works outside the norms of established gallery and museum spaces. International artists are often invited to show, as well. The exhibition will comprise video and documentary material by BASE members Mario Airò, Marco Bagnoli, Massimo Bartolini, Vittorio Cavallini, Yuki Ichihashi, Paolo Masi, Massimo Nannucci, Maurizio Nannucci, Paolo Parisi, Remo Salvadori and Enrico Vezzi.

Basim Magdy.
The Stars Were Aligned For A Century of New Beginnings

Egyptian artist, Basim Magdy, winner of the Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” prize in 2016, shows for the first time in Italy A selection of 30 works produced between 2006 and 2016.

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



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

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



Fotografia 3: Willi Moeg – Otto Steinert
This is the third in a series of photographic exhibition showcasing works of German photography from the 1920’s forward. Works by Moeg and Steinert cover the period from the 1950’s to present.
Villa Massimo – Accademia Tedesca Largo Di Villa Massimo1-2
Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5:30 pm; through December 2





An exhibition of the work of two very diverse artists. Arianna Matta was born in Rome in 1979. She holds a degree from the city’s DAMS University for the performing and visual arts and also studied at the Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA). Matta’s work centres on her research into space and light. In her latest paintings, she focuses on sparse interiors devoid of human presence. Despite the absence of people and activity, these spaces are far from desolate, containing references that transmit a sense of familiarity and human narrative. Matta uses a limited palette, allowing her paint to drip and smudge in places. The overall effect is a compelling one which pulls the viewer into the canvas. Matta has held several solo exhibitions in Rome where her work is becoming increasingly well known. She has also been the recipient of finalist awards in Los Angeles and Venice.
BATO was born in Rome in 1977. He holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and a diploma in art from Rome’s Liceo Artistico Sperimentale Alberto Savinio. Bato depicts the very essence of his subject matter in a fluid and spontaneous manner. Stimulated by his interest in jazz, improvisation and gestural painting are key features of his working method. His latest paintings draw inspiration from the Great Gate of Ishtar, which stood at the entrance to Babylon and was dedicated to the ancient goddess of fertility and war. Bato’s subjects include the lions, bulls and snake-dragons which decorated the Gate, distilled into essential forms using expressive colour and energetic lines.
RVB Arts Via delle Zoccolette 28 & Via Giulia 193
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm

I Collage di Carlo Maria Mariani alla Sala

In partnership with the events of the 16th Quadrennial Outside Quadrennial Art Other times, this exhibition pays tribute to Carlo Maria Mariani and his series of recent works in collage.
Sala 1, Piazza San Giovanni 10
Tuesday – Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 pm; October 16 through December 2

A View of One’s Own – Three Women Photographers in Rome
This selection of photographs of Rome and its environs by three women, drawn in part from the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome, confronts the Eternal City and its urban transformation over more than a century, from the Époque to the present day. The exhibition traces the emergence of photography as an independent medium wielded by women with distinctive viewpoints, as it evolved from a documentary aid to a vehicle for subjective expression. Seen in succession against a photographic landscape defined for the most part by men, the images another way of seeing the city's history. In these photographs, taken by female flâneurs, empirical observations of bricks and mortar progressively dissolve into pure, evanescent experience. The exhibition curated by Lindsay Harris, Peter Benson Miller, and Angela Piga is part of La Quadriennale in città (16° Quadriennale d'Arte) and FOTOGRAFIA, Festival Internazionale di Roma. The exhibition is made possible in part by Richard Baron and Adi Shamir Baron
American Academy Rome Via Angelo Masina 5 (Gianicolum -Arco di San Pancrazio)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-7 pm; through November 27



At the Foot of the Pyramid
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of one of Rome’s most fascinating places: Non-Catholic Cemetery or Protestant Cemetery in Rome presents an exhibition showing how it has been depicted by artists from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. More than forty paintings and drawings by European and American artists capture the beauty and the interplay between nature and the elegance of stone so finely transformed artful gravestones on land made available by Pope Clement XI in 1761, initially as the burial site for members of the Stuart court in exile from England. In the following century numerous painters, and writers; Goethe, Henry James and Gabriele D’Annunzio were attracted to the cemetery for what Shelley described as, “the most beautiful and solemn cemetery I have ever beheld.”
Most celebrated among the tombs are those designed by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Bertel Thorvaldsen for John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, August von Goethe(son of the great poet) and the“beat” poet Gregory Corso. Dario Bellezza, Carlo Emilio Gaddaand Antonio Gramsci are among the Italians buried here. The exhibition was curated by Nicholas Stanley-Price.
Casa Goethe Via del Corso Via del Corso 18 (Piazza del Popolo) Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; through November 13


Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche – Observing the Mind through Art
Though his work is influenced by French Impressionists, particularly Monet, the true origins of Tibetan artitist Drugu Rinpoche’s - one of the most important spiritual masters of tantric Buddhism - work originates from the classic iconography of a Tibetan figurative and evoled into a spontaneous style where gesture is born out of intuition. His abstract and caligraphic paintings reference diverse states of mediation, contemplation and the insights derived from them as suggested in the show’s title. All proceeds from the exhibition will benefit projects that unite art and spirituality.
Alessandra Bonomo Via del Gesù 62 (Pantheon)
Monday – 2-7 pm, Tuesday –Friday, 12-7 pm

Adriana Varjao – Transbarroco

Presented in Italy for the first time, one of Brazil's most renowned living artists, Adriana Varejão is perhaps best known for her incisive reflections on the rich yet conflicted history and culture of her country, embodied in the Azulejão or "big tile" paintings, ongoing since the first iteration in 1988. Transbarroco (2014) is Varejão's only multi-channel video installation to date. This work traces key influences on Varejão's oeuvre in sweeping takes of the dizzying interiors of local Baroque churches, and an accompanying sound collage.
Described by Varejão as "jewels of the mestizo Brazilian Baroque," the four churches that appear in the film are among the most significant examples of local religious architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries:. Transbarroco unfolds across four screens, in scenes entitled Gold, The Blue, Sky and Earth, and China. Panning horizontally and vertically, the camera captures the varied figures, surfaces, and contrasting elements that appear in the church interiors.
Larry Gagosian Via Francesco Crespi 16 (Spanish Steps – Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 am – 7 pm; through December 10

Kiki Smith / Betty Woodman
An exhibition of works by two celebrated American artists, features sculpture and works on paper by Betty Woodman and new sculpture, works in Jacquard tapestry and collage drawings by KikI Smith. The artists use stridently different media, but their works coalesce around the uniqueness of craft. Smith, born in West Germany produces work that addresses themes of sex, race and gender, birth and regeneration. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textile.
Betty Woodman is foremost among contemporary ceramic artists. She began her professional career in the 1950s as a production potter and now lives and lives and works in New York City and Antella, Italy.
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Vicolo Dei Catinari 3 (Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm; through November 12

Jannis Kounellis – Dodecafonia

Recent installation by the Greek.born conceptual artist. The artist's childhood was marked by World War II and ten years of civil war in his homeland. In 1956, he moved to Rome and by 1960 was an active member of the Arte Povera movement. Kounellis has long combined art and history with the immediacy and tangibility of the present. In 1972 he held his first solo show in New York. Recently, he has had exhibitions at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens; the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Herning, Denmark; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the MADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples; and the Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome and many others. Kounellis’s work is also represented in many national and international private collections.
Gavin Brown, Via Dei Vascellarsi 69 (Trastevere)
Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm; through October 29

Giovanni Kronenberg
A rock crystal and a black pearl, a glass jar, a mouflon skin, an ancient press, a large textured sea
sponge, crafted malachite, elk antlers, these are just a few of the elements the artist has gathered and crafted into the works for this exhibition. While the objects and materials that Kronenberg combines reference the past, they do not generate
narrations. They contain multiple dimensions of time but do not tell stories.
Z2O Gallery Via della Vetrina 21 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm; through November 8


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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