Jean-Michel Basquiat – New York City
Honoring, one of the foremost figures in contemporary art, the show is comprised of 90 works on canvas in large dimension, examining Basquiat’s rapport with his native New York. As an artist, he immersed himself in high art and graffiti, jazz and rap, punk and pop culture, anatomy textbooks and comics, then channeled this complexity into sophisticated, layered works that presaged today’s internet culture.
Though Basquiat soon left the conceptual graffiti of his early days behind to exhibit in art galleries, his paintings used the language and symbols of the creating images that honor black males as kings and saints. Sadly, his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 27.
Chiostro Del Bramante, Arco Della Pace 5
(near Piazza Navona)
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm and Saturday,
Sunday 10 am – 9 pm; through July 2
I Fori dopo i Fori. La vita quotidiana nell’area dei Fori Imperiali dopo l’Antichità
An examination of artifacts found during archaeological excavations over the past 25 years offers insights into daily life in the area from the medieval to the modern era. A series of illustrated works show the rise of a city and highlight the events that shaped it.
Mercati Di Traiano, Via IV Novembre 94
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 – 7:30 pm; March 30 through September 10
Venezia Scarletta. Lotto, Savoldo, Cariani
The formula for the Venetian color known as scarlet red, once a carefully guarded secret handed-down through the generations by painters, dyers, alchemists and inventors, held a meaning far beyond the richness of the shade In the six artworks selected, Lotto, Savoldo and Cariani contextualized the transmutable quality of red from material to matter, skillfully allowing the painting itself to assume varied consistencies and iridescent tones.
Beyond these three artists, the Venetian painters wove scarlet red into the dense visual and symbolic plot that encompassed civic values, religious passions, worldly affections, and professional pride. The paintings are on loan from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Lourve in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, and the Accademia di Carrara,
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13 Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7 pm; through June 11
Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata
The aura of mystery surrounding the life of Vivian Maier contributes to the current fascination with the artist and her work. A nanny by profession and a photographer by vocation, her Rolleiflex was her constant companion. In 2007, when the real estate agent John Maloof bought at auction, a part of Maier’s archives that had previously been confiscated for an unpaid debt, he immediately realized that he had found a precious treasure and from that moment onwards, his search for material by this mysterious photographer was relentless. Ultimately, he acquired more than 150,000 negatives and 3,000 prints. The exhibition comprises 120 black and white photos taken during the 1950s and ‘60s. A selection of color photos dating from the ‘70s and several Super 8mm films that accompany the exhibit, illustrate how Maier approached her subjects. Exercising a style that was imposing yet discreet and decisive, Vivian Maier photographed images of the cities she lived in – New York and Chicago – revealing an innate curiosity and an eye for detail.
The exhibition is curated by Anne Morin and Alessandra Mauro
Museo Di Roma In Trastevere, Piazza DiSant’Egidio 1b
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm; through June 18
Also at this museum:
China: rivoluzione – evoluzione. Manifesti della Propaganda (1949 -1983)
An ample selection of propaganda posters and paintings, on loan from the Hafnia Foundation, retrace popular themes that flourished in Chinese art under Mao Tse Tung, whose principal idea was that art should reflect the lifestyle of the working class and function at the service of political and social development.
through April 23
DNA The Great Book of Life from Mendel to Genomics
Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, a science that has changed our way of understanding nature, is one of the leading figures in an exhibition that explores what is essentially a microscopic and invisible world. More recent discoveries by scientists such as Watson and Crick, both of whom have enabled us to understand the structure and function of DNA, are also highlighted
Palazzo delle Espozioni Via Nazionale at Via Milano
Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm
and Friday and Saturday 10 am – 10:30 pm; through June 18
Also at this museum:
Georg Basellitz. Gli Eroi
This exhibition explores a particular phase in the career of Georg Baselitz, one of Europe’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Baselitz’s figures are combatants, the partisans and victims of war, in which the hero figure, in its exclusively male variant, loses the positive image, displaying his fragility, precariousness, contradiction and failure. The artist configures a surprising delicacy in his portrayal of giant figures in tattered attire, who stand out starkly, though wounded and vulnerable, against a backdrop of rubble.
Baselitz (1938 -) was born in SachsenAnhalt and educated in the German Democratic Republic before moving to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1958. Between 1965 and 1966 , he painted a cycle of pictures entitled"The Heroes," many of which were selected for this exhibition.
through June 18
A retrospecive exhibition featuring more than 200 paintings by Giovanni Boldini, the masterful Italian genre and portrait painter and protagonist of the Belle Epoque, who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career. An article published in Time magazine (1933) referred to Boldini as the Master of Swish, alluding to his flowing style of painting. Stylistically, Boldini's work is associated with the painters of the Macchiaioli movement. His eclectic style made most evident in the period and society portraits where he navigated the luminousity of Realism while also taking inspiration from the eighteenth century English portratitists.
Complesso del Vittoriano Via di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, Friday, 9:30 am – 10 pm
and Sunday, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm; through June 16
Annette Messager - Messaggera
The first solo exhibition in Italy by Annette Messager, one of the most famous, innovative and nonconformist French artists on the contemporary art scene. The exhibition, curated by Chiara Parisi is the first among a new series of contemporary art exhibitions featuring women artists will present major shows with works for the most part not seen in Italy before. Each show will highlight the expressive force of the artist's vision.
This show combines the most remarkable works of a prestigious career with new ones specially created for the Academy. Annette Messager offers an imaginative, dreamlike itinerary that sets up interaction between the interior and exterior spaces of the splendid Renaissance architecture. In an exploration of the revolts led by women, their fears and fantasies, the artist raises the issue of prejudice with a single intention: transforming taboos into totems.
Born in 1943 and laureate of the Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Biennale, in 2016 Annette Messager received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for sculpture. Not only sculpture, however, but also drawing, painting, photography, writing and embroidery, are the instruments she uses in her installations.
French Academy - Villa Medici, Viale Trinità dei Monti 1
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm; through April 23
Leonardo e il Volo
This 3D presentation, analyzes Leonardo Da Vinci's experiments and studies of birds in flight, based on documentation in the Codice da Vinci. The Codex, written about 1505, is comprised of 18 pages measuring 21 x 15 centimeters. It x begins with the flight behaviour of birds and proposes mechanisms for flight by machines. For the first time, Leonardo notes that the center of gravity of a flying bird does not coincide with its center of pressure.
Musei Capitolino, Palazzo dei Conservator,i Piazza Dei Campidoglio
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through April 17
Also at this museum:
El Greco - L’Annunciazione
del Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza di Madrid
A rare opportunity to view one of many magnificent paintings executed by El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos, Crete, 1541) in Toledo, Spain, where he lived at the end of the 16th century (1596-1600). Only a conservative number of his paintings are present in the permanent collections of Italian museums, which is interesting in light of the fact that after leaving Greece, the artist sojourned first in Venice, 1567 and later in Rome from 1570-1576, but El Greco was given few commissions during his years in Italy., perhaps due to his ill-advised criticism of Michelangelo’s merits as a painter. While living in Venice El Greco became a follower of Titian and student of Tintoretto, Veronese and Jacopo Bassano. There, he mastered the craft of Renaissance painting, perspective figural construction and the ability to stage elaborate narratives, a Renaissance trademark.
through April 17
Francesco del Drago: Parlare con il colore
The first retrospective dedicated to the Roman artist since his death in 2011 presents a selection of abstract works that trace his thoughts and practices.
Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Di Villa Borghese,
Viale Fiorello La Guardia 4 (Borghese Gardens)
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 7 pm; through March 26
Also at this museum:
Focusing on an artistic style practiced among Italian and Japanese radical avant-garde artists during the 1960s and '70s. Contemporary Italian and Japanese colleagues view the project's ideas through a new lens and offer a fresh interpretation.
through March 26
Artemisia Gentileschi e il suo tempo
Tracing the artistic path of one of the foremost influential female painters in history, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 -1653). She is legendary for having sued Agostino Tassi for rape, and losing the case in court. The daughter of painter Orazio Gentileschi, a grand artist of the Caravaggio school, the Carvaggio style is pervasive in her art. The paintings executed in her bottega during the Neapolitan period, when she while was under the protection of the nobleman Don Antonio Ruffo (1610-1678), illustrate the professional rapport she had with her Neapolitan colleagues; Jusepe de Ribera and Francesco Guarino Massimo Stanzione, Onofrio Palumbo and Bernardo Cavallino, which is apparent in works such as her Annunciation painted in1630,
Palazzo Braschi , Piazza San Panteleo 10 (Piazza Navona
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through May 7
Also at this museum:
I pittori del ‘900 e le carte da gioco. La collezione di Paola Masino
Seen publicly for the first time decks of playing cards from the original collection of Paola Masino (1908-1989), commissioned designs by many leading artists of the last century including Carla Accardi, Alberto Burri, Consagra, Primo Conti, Carrà, Campigli, Capogrossi, Cagli, Fautrier Jean Cocteau, Carlo Levi, Renato Guttuso, Prampolini and Fausto Pirandello. The exhbition will be accompanied by portraits of Ms Masino realized by De Pisis, De Chirico, Mario Sironi as well as a display of docments and photographs.
through April 30
Collosseo – Un’icona
Divided into six sections, the exhibition presents the historical-cultural influences of the amphiteatre from painting to restoration, architecture and urban planning, to entertainment and literature, to sociology and politics.
Anfiteatro Flavio – Collosseo Piazza Del Colosseo
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 – 5 pm; through January 7, 2018
All’ombra delle piramidi. La mastaba del dignitario Nefer (165168)
Reconstruction in hierglyphics of an Egyptian funerary chapel.
Museo Barracco, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 166
Tursday -Sunday , 10 am -4 pm; through May 28
Conversation Piece 1 Part 3
The third in a series of exhibitions dedicated to Italian and international artists who who are currently working in Rome, including works by Piero Golia, Magali Reus(Dutch fellow at the American Academy in Rome), Claudia Wieser (fellow at the German Academy in Rome) and Jonathan Baldock, whose work is shown here.
Fondazione Memo, Palazzo Ruspoli, Via Della Fontanella Di Borghese 56 (near Piazza di Spagna)
Wednesday – Monday, 11 am -6 pm; through April 2
EXHIBITIONS AT GNAM
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
Viale Delle Belle Arti 131 (Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Museum Beauty Contest. La mostra dei ritratti (SF2007)
This most unusual exhibtion is presented as a beauty pageant – Miss and Mister Galleria Nazionale. Following the model of a game show competition, the public is invited to participate by voting for the portrait they consider the most beautiful from a selection of early nineteenth to the late twentieth century works by masters such as Giorgio de Chirico, Vincent van Gogh, Umberto Boccioni, Giovanni Boldini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Vittorio Corcos and Amedeo Modigliani, Vincenzo Gemito (whose work is shown here) along with artists who are less known or even anonymous. The exhibition is organized by Spanish artist Paco Cao, who currently lives and works in New York.
through May 1
A retrospective exhibition covering more than 50 years of Guido Strazza’s activity, including 56 paintings, thee sculptures, 42 drawings, and 31 engravings. Strazza developed a personal style that makes it difficult to align his work with the artistic movements that developed after WWII. The works, on loan from the privte collection of the artist, will be donated to the museum at the close of the exhibition, which also includes works on loan from other museums and collectors.
through March 28
Giacomo Balla – Un’onda di luce
Thirty-five paintings include works from the early phase and throughout the career of Giocomo Balla, a central figure in the Futurist movement. From the musuem’s permanent collection of Balla’s work, donated by Elica and Luce Balla.
through March 26
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.
through April 30
EXHIBITIONS AT MAXXI
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
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani – Freedom of Movement (freedom of movement)
This exhibition of video art, photography, installation and performance began over a year ago when Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani collaborated with MAXXI to create the Freedom of Movement project, a film that calls for integration between peoples. MAXXI – Museo Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo Via Guido Reni 1b Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm and Sun – 11 am – 10 pm; opens through April 17
Please Come Back.
The World as a Prison?
Twenty-six artists and over fifty works present prison as a metaphor for our technological, hyper-connected, shared and increasingly controlled societies. The exhibition addresses exponential development of digital technologies, the advent of social networks and how the use of data has progressively and inexorably changed our societies, bringing with it, the collapse of social and urban philosophies of sharing. A new way of interacting ushers in the establishment of new regimes that threaten to stripe us of privacy in the name of security.
through May 21
Letizia Battaglia, Just For Passion
A retrospective show featuring over two-hundred photographs, contact sheets and vintage prints from the personal archive of celebrated photographer, Letizia Battaglia. The exhibition also includes publications, film and interviews. Battaglia’s repertoire of work extends beyond her documentation of Mafia clans to include life and society in Italy over a period of several decades. Her works are among the most significant photographs of the period, bringing civic and ethical values to the art of photography
through April 17
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.
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.
EXHIBITIONS AT MACRO
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
Daniele Lombardi – Ascolto Visivo
Paintings by composer, pianist and visual artist Daniele Lombardi integrate the lyricism and expressionism of both music and the visual arts.
through March 26
Daniela Perego – Arrivederci
In her recent works, Daniela Perego continues to explore the delicate organisms which are the construct our collective memories. Floral patterns of the margherita have been a recurring theme in her artworks. The artist lives and works in Rome and Viterbo.
through March 26
Nanni Balestrini – La Tempesta Perfetta (the perfect storm.)
Foremost among his contemporaries, Nanni Balestrini’s exhibition-concept takes c inspiration from Giorgione’s iconic painting of "The Tempest" to confront the current cultural, social and economic situation.
through April 17
Disegni schizzi bozzetti progetti e carte oltre il Futurismo
A series of works celebrating seventy years since the death of one of the most important exponents of the Futurist Movement. The exhibition comprises sketches, drawings, notebooks containing visual notes, architectural and installation projects.
Lia Drei / Francesco Guerrieri
The exhibition pays tribute to Lia Drei (Rome,1922-2005) and Francesco Guerrieri (1931 Borgia-Soverato 2015), partners in life and art. Throughout the 1960s they were protagonists of Gestalt research, planned and structuralist, particularly in Rome. Many of the twenty-seven works selected for this exhibition seen for the first time, document the particular approach to their research. The works are part of the Drei-Guerrieri archives.
Project Room #1
One of the most acclaimed artists on the international scene, Anish Kapoor returns to exhibit in an Italian museum after more than 10 years absence. Kapoor (b. 1954) who was born in Bombay, has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved there to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. He represented Britain in the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, when he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize. In 1991 he received the Turner Prize and in 2002 received the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
through April 17
EXHIBITIONS AT MACRO TESTACCIO
Via Orazio Giustiana 4
Tuesday – Sunday, 2-8 pm
Luca Padroni – i valori personali
stories, settings and people. Employing a variety of painting techniques, he explores a reality characterized by a multifacted nature that is in opposition to his indiviual existence, juxtaposing places, persons and settings that are not always in touch with each other. In this balancing act, Padroni creates an alternate universe in which tantric lovers, flying cats, people pass by in search of answers. Padroni.
through March 26
Rafael Y. Herman – The Night Illuminates the Night
A selection of recent works created from 2010 to 2016. Herman has developed a dialect between darkness and light, which allows his large environmental installation to emerge from the darkness of the exhibition space in a revelation of light.
through March 26
Li Chevalier – Trajectory of Desire
Li Chevalier’s installation is the second in an edition of installations from the 2016 Venice Biennale scheduled to show at MACRO.
though March 26
Nina Bovasso - Intrecci di Colore
Bovasso represents the new generation in New York. Since her youth, she has absorbed the city’s stimuli,. Influenced by the abstract paintings of her father and the graphics designs of her mother, she has elaborated her own style, a formal visual provocation triggered by an unstable harmony, nonlinear and evasive, hiding a complex and refined artistic research behind simple forms.
The artist’s latest works are clippings that have taken shape from a palette of harmonic colors and compatible tonalities. Her works in white consist of interwoven forms, biomorphic and rectilinear, cut from cardboard and secured onto a gypsum canvas
Nina Bovasso lives and works in New York. She has shown in Spain, Germany, Brussels, Italy and galleries throughout the U.S. She is represented by the Josèe Benvenue Gallery, New York
Sala 1, Piazza di San Giovanni 10
Tuesday – Saturday, 4:30-7:30 pm; March 29 through May 27
Leonardo Blanco - Luca Zarattini
Two very different artists are brought together in an exhibition playing on the double meaning of the show’s title: works on paper, referring to the way that , paper can be used as a communal support and tool.
Using old maps and contemporary typography, Leonardo Blanco’s works (shown here) are characterized by their abstract aesthetic and functional aspect.
In Luca Zarattini’s work, sketch paper, wrapping paper, drawing paper, overlapping tape form the substrate of graphite work, pen, pastel and charcoal.
RVB ARTS, Via Delle Zoccolette 28 (near Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Farnese)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 1:30 pm and 4-7:30 pm;
through April 18
Graham Hudson – I’m empty like a vegetable
Recent works by English artist Graham Hudson continue the thread of earlier themes found in his work. Hudson’s works embody the concept of object, sound, performance and moving image.
Monitor, Via Sforza Cesarini 43a -44 (Palazzo Orologio)
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm
Nina Fischer – Maroan el Sani – Dynamis
In conjunction with the opening of their exhibition at the MAXXI titled Freedom of Movement, multi-media artists, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani exhibit their 2014 video Dynamis. The two artists have collaborated since 1995, working in photography, film and video installation. Their research focuses on the relationship between contemporary society and former landmarks which have lost their original function.
Fischer and el Sani have shown in museums and galleries worldwide.
Gallleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Via Pallacorda 15 (Ghetto)
Monday – Friday, 2-8 pm; through May 6
Giorgio Griffa – Paintings 1970 – 2017
Griffa abandoned figurative painting in favor of a form of abstract painting that still characterizes his work. Painting with acrylic on raw un-stretched canvas, burlap and linen, Griffa's works are nailed directly to the wall along their top edge. When not exhibited, the works are folded and stacked, resulting in creases that create an underlying grid for his compositions. In keeping with his idea that painting is constant and never finished, many of his works display a deliberate end-point that has been described as stopping a thought mid-sentence. Despite early associations with movements such as Arte Povera and Minimalism, Griffa's work was not exhibited in the United States for 40 years following his first solo exhibition in New York at Ileana Sonnabend's gallery. Giorgio Griffa (1936 - ) lives and works in his natal city of Turin.
Lorcan O’Neill, Vicolo Dei Catinari 3 (Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm; through May 13
A group show featuring the work of Simon Callery, Maia Morganti, Paolo Parisi, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Marco Tirelli investigates the concept of boundary through the work of a generation of artists, born beteeen 1950 and 1965, who pushed their research off the thresholds of pictorial minimalism by reflecting back on the relationshp between the work and space and the effect the environment has on both, while exploring the pictorial surface’s material and plastic features.
1/9unosunove Palazzo Santacroce
Via degli Specci 20 (Largo Argentina)
Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday 3-7 pm;
through April 1
Caterina Silva – Munster
An exhibition that lends new interpretation to and event that took place in Munster in 1534 when the Anabattists took control over private properties, and forced shared wealth and polygamy on the city's citizens. The artist considers her art practice a struggle with language and its system of classification but uses painting to expplore the obscure parts of the mind.
Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Via Del Portico D’Ottavia 13 (Ghetto)
Tuesday – Saturday, 3-7 pm
Walled Gardens in Insane Eden
Art most often gives a visual voice to a catalyst for social change. Borrowing a phrase from The Drowned World, J.G. Ballard’s first science fiction novel and one of his London-based dystopic tales, this group show has been formed around works that portray the world we live in today. Looking at the various events over the last year, some of the tworks assembled for this exhibition may be viewed as expressions of skepticism; from Marie Jacotey’s text-based drawings screaming No!, to Gabriella Boyd’s painting of a man holding a glass half empty, or the concept of the silver lining in Rhys Coren’s cartoon-like cloud-shaped painted marquetry work. Zadie Xa’s hanging textile work represents a symbol of magic and cleansing in her personal supernatural narratives inspired by Korean shaman lore. Continuing this theme of art as therapy, Florence Peake will actively channel both physically and orally the personal losses and political concerns of various audience members at her performance of Voicings on March 10th , acting as a conduit between imagined and material place as she embodies the collective spirit of the audience. A site-specific installation is dedicated to a sculptural labyrinth similar to the London milieu of Ballard’s The Drowned World.
Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery Via della Vetrina 21 (Piazza Zanardelli – Via Coronari)
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm; through March 25
Giuseppe Penone – Equivalenze
An exhibition of new sculptures by renowned Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone. A protagonist of the Arte Povera movement, Penone’s distintive oeuvre has evolved through a deeply poetic, active engagement with nature and time, and a belief in the revelatory, transformative power of art. Peneone adheres to the notion that sculpture originates in primal impulses – like filling one’s mouth with water, or making direct gestures with the hands. Giuseppe Penone has shown in museums worldwide. His work is collected publicly and privately.
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16 (Piazza di Spagna – Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through April 15