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Week of Friday, February 5 through Thursday, February 11, 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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Sorella Terra.
La nostra casa commune. National Geographic

A selection of seventy photographs taken from the portfolios of sixty photographers portrays the state of the environment worldwide. National Geographic dedicates this exhibition to the revolutionary encyclica of Pope Francis I on climate change.
Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi via Di San Pantaleo (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am - 7 pm; through February 28

In The Heart. Tra Arte & Design

Artists Sabine Pagliarulo, Evandro Gabrieli, Silvia Beccaria and Silvia Granata explore the use of earth and fabric as the most historic and important media of art and design.
Casina Delle Civette – Villa Torlonia Via Nomentana 70
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through April 3


Affinità elettive. Da de Chirico a Burri.
Opere della Galleria d’Arte Moderna e della Fondazione Magnani Rocca

Forty works from the prestigious collection of Luigi Magnani Rocca, founder of the Museum of Parma, in juxtaposition with a selection of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection. Works in the collection show a profound affinity with those of the Capitoline collection, which began its acquisition cycle during the first half of the 20th century, Masterpieces such as “The Enigma of Departure” by Giorgio de Chirico, one of the gems of the Magnani collection, is placed in opposition with pieces in the Capitoline’s permanent collection that evoke the same metaphysical references. Still lifes by Giorgio Morandi and Filippo De Pisis from the Parma Collection, and works by Marino Marini Giacomo Manzu, Ettore Leoncillo, Mafai, Scialoja, Gino Severini Alberto Savinio and others.
Gallleria D’Arte Moderna Di Roma Capitale, Via Francesco Crispi 24 (near Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Domenica 10 am – 6:30 pm; through March 13

La memoria del sacro. Salvatore Fiume in Vaticano

In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Salvatore Fiume (1915 – 1997), a contemporary figure whose original use of sacred iconography was the cornerstone of his religious works, a selection of contemporary paintings themed around religious subjects, including sketches for mosaics, and ten paintings on the cycle of adventures, glorie and misfortunes of ancient Umbria
Musei Vaticano , Viale Vaticano
Tuesday- Saturday, 8:30 am – 2 pm; through March 12. Free entrance to exhibition with paid Vatican Museum ticket

Cobra - Una Grande Avanguardia Europea 1948-1951
Founded in Paris in 1948, Cobra was the first great post-war avant-garde movement launched on an international scale. This exhibition offers an overview of works realized by artists Asger, Jorn, Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille, and writers Christian Dotremont and Joseph Noiret. The exhibition comprises a selection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, publications, documents and photographs, testimony to the activities of the movement’s leading figures; Petersen, Doltremont, Lucebert, Gotz, Alechinsky and the above-mentioned artists.
Fondazione Roma Museo (Palazzo Cipolla) Via del Corso 320
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm; through April 3


Some170 works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator, from the collection of the dal Museo di Belle Arti di Budapest. The post-Impressionist who lived and worked in Paris, portrayed the Bohemian life and underbelly of the city through the people of its cafés, restaurants, theaters and circuses. Toulouse-Lautrec, who is perhaps most famous for his posters of the Moulin Rouge, died at the age of 36.
Museo Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusto (near Piazza del Popolo)
Daily 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; through May 8

Paolo Echaurren – Contropittura
More than 200 paintings, drawings and collages produced by the artist from the 1970s to the present. A section dedicated to documentation traces Echaurren's stylistic development beginning with his debut works; the application of squares, watercolors and enamels in small dimension reflecting generational myths in politics and music, as well as works reflecting his personal inclination towards the natural sciences.
The focal point of the exhibition is dedicated to his drawings and collages. Seen publicly for the first time, these works relate to the experience of the so-called urban Indians who, in 1977, appropriated the aesthetic language of the avantgarde.
The last section is dedicated to a series of large canvases executed in the 1980s and '90s. These works confront contemporary art events and environmental issues. The exhibition also includes Echaurren’s latest wall paintings.
GNAM – Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna, Viale Delle Belle Arti 131 (Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through April 3


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

Botero – Via Crucis. La Passione di Cristo
The Way of the Cross.  The Passion of Christ, a cycle of works created by Fernando Botero between 2010 and 2011 comprised of 27 oil paintings and 34 works on paper, manifesting a theme that has been a feature of Botero's work since his childhood and early youth in Colombia, a world abounding in religious images in both the public and private spheres.
Botero's work offers multiple levels of interpretation.  It is always an expansive take – never a purely imitative revisit – on some of the leading players in Western art history such as Paolo Uccello, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso, to name but a few.  With a signature style of sumptuous, abundant forms that came to maturity in the 1970s, he builds sensual worlds around characters brimming with immense pleasure and happiness. What we see here is a crossroads where memories of his native city, Antioquia, in the heart of Medellin and of his homeland, are strongly marked by forms of worship deeply ingrained in the culture and conography.  The soft features, the ideas and the forms that seem so stable, are contradicted by the upheaval in which grief and tragedy take shape, adopting the figurative language that is a hallmark of the Colombian artist's work, yet without abandoning his uniquely distorting gaze.
Palazzo dellle Esposizioni Via Nazionale at Via Milano
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm; Opens February 13 through May 1

Impressionist and Modern. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
Sixty-two paintings from America’s first museum of modern art. A treasured Washington, D.C. institution opened to the public in 1921by Duncan Phillips. through February 14


Impressionisti. Téte-à-tete

Dedicated to Impressionist masters, the exhibition traces Parisian society during the second half of the 1800s as reflected in the artistic, cultural and social evolution that took place at that time. The paintings, on loan from Musée d'Orsay, include works by Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Bazille, Morisot and others.
Complesso del Vittoriano, Ala Brasini Salone, Via San Pietro in Carcere  (Piazza Venezia)
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 6:30 pm; through February 7

James Tissot
Illustrator and painter Tissot (Nantes, France – 1836-1902) was one of the most renowned interpretor of of 19th-century Parisian society figures. His art was celebrated for its fashionable style and wide-ranging tastes. He was close friend and mentor to Edward Degas during the 1860s when both studied at Les Ecoles di Beaux Arts in Paris. Tissot’s later paintings show the influence of the exotic style of Japanese prints, fashion and aesthetics he incorporated into his the European contemporary scenes of leisure that characterized his work for almost the entirety of his artistic career. In 1871, he moved to London to pursue his interest in British society. He worked for Vanity Fair and quickly became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women in everyday life, many with the Thames as backdrop. Lesser known are the biblical scenes he begun to paint after a revival of his Catholic faith in 1885. Eighty works on display are on loan from international museums such as the Tate London, the Petite Palais Paris and Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Chiostro Bramante, Arco Della Pace 5 (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, through February 21

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

L’incanto della Fotografia. Le collezioni Silvo Negro e Valerio Cianfarani
In collaboration with Fotografia Festival Roma, an exhibition featuring some six-thousand photographs from the collection of journalist Silvio Negro (1887-1959) and archaeologist, Valerio Cianfarani (1912-1977), now part of the central photographic archives of Museo di Roma in Trastevere. Dating from 1840 to 1911, these works mark the beginning of a historic and critical analysis of 19th century Roman photography.
Museo di Roma (Palazzo Braschi) Piazza San Pantaleo (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through February 29


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

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. 
Opens February 5 - October 2 

Jimmy Durham. Sound and Silliness

Known for his lyrical, at times Duchampian, ironic and ethical art, the versatile Durham's talents extend to diverse idioms from drawing to writing, from unexpected assemblages to complex sculptures, from performance to video and architecture. Here he presents two audio works and two videos, both recorded and filmed in Italy. 
Opens February 5 - April 24

Alcantara -  Local Icons. East/West
Now in its fifth edition, the Alcantara-MAXXI project will "go round the world in a room" - ten cities, nine designers and a single material. Through a direct and indirect dialogue with the designers, Alcantara and MAXXI have staged a cultural debate, an exchange of views between two different ways of life in contemporary metropolises, channelling these reflections into prototypes that aim to capture the essence of the places. 
February 5 through February 28 

Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury

Continuing the exploration of the culture of the Mediterranean Basin, an exhibition illustrating the art, society and conflicts of modern day Turkey. Beginning with the recent demonstrations, the show is divieded into five thematic sections: uban transformations; political conflicts and resistance; innovative models of production; geopolitical urgencies; hope. More than 40 Turkish artists and architects have been invited to participate.
through April 30

Pedro Reyes

In a group exhibition, four artists tackle and define contemporary visual culture, lending space to design and its ongoing dialogue with the arts, architecture and film.In the deconstruction of boundaries between art and design, Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa, and Italian artist Martino Gamper ,who both live and work in London, collaborate. Franco-Portughese artist Didier Fiuza Fustino and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes transform the everyday into an imaginative contrast; bottom into top, old into new … thus creating newer and more open realities.
through March 28


MAXXI Collection

An entire gallery space is devoted to the museum's permanent collection, with continuously evolving exhibitions- This first in the series features works by 20th century masters, young artists and designers in more than 30 works including paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and 21 architectural drawings, models, photographs and miscellaneous documents recounting the story of each project. Entrance to this sala is free to the public from Tuesday through Friday.


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

Faig Ahmed
The Azerbaijanian artist's series of site-specific works employing Sufism as the core theme. The show comprises large installations, video, and the celebrated "carpet works", in which the artist transforms objects from the century-old tradition in impressive works of contemporary art. 
Faig Ahmed was born in 1982 in Baku, Azerbaijan where he lives and works. He graduated in 2004 from the faculty of sculpture of Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. Since 2003 he has worked with various media, including painting, video and installations. Currently, he focuses on the study of the artistic quality of Azeri carpets, breaking their traditional structure and then reassembling the random components, shaping them into contemporary sculpture.
In 2007 he represented his country at the Venice Biennale. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize, with works displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work is in the permanent collection of the Seattle Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art and in many other art institutions worldwide. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions in London, Dubai, New York, Dheli, Sharjah, and Rome.
Opens February 10 through March 29

Bizhan Bassiri - La Riserva Aurea del Pensiero Magmatico
The exhibition represents the natural evolution of a process that began in 1984 with the Manifesto of Magmatic Thought, which the artist expresses by employing specific and diverse iconography. In one of his better-known works Bassiri re-elaborates classic elements of fate, along with six gold snakes, and a series of gold-plated sculptures.
The artist's research combines the use of various materials ranging from papier-mâché surfaces and steel and bronze, lava elements to photographic processing. Bizhan Bassiri, born in Tehran (1954), has lived in Rome and Chiusi (Siena) since 1975. Since 1981, his work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions.
Opens February 10 through March 29

Carlo e Fabio Ingrassia

Recent works by twins Carlo and Fabio Ingrassia present their reoccuring theme of the past ten years - the portrayal of a continuous dialogue between drawing and sculpture, subverting tradition while allowing the variations of color and texture of the pencil to take shape and dissolve into the sculptural forrm.

Egosuperregoalterego. Volto e Corpo Contemporaneo dell’Arte
An exhibition analysing the face and body of the artist, who is himself the subject of his investigation. In historical terms, this process is known as genre painting, referring to self-portraits and portraiture. In contemporary jargon, the form has been expanded to include the selfie. Included are works by Giorgio de Chirico, Renato Guttuso, Mimmo Jodice, Luigi Alders, Luca Maria Patella, Cristiano Pintaldi, Urs Luthi, Claudio Abate, Franco Angeli, Stefano Di Stasio, Bruce Nauman, Sten and Lex, Mario Schifano, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Francesco Guerrieri, Carlo Maria Mariani, and Candy Candy.
through May 8

Gillo Dorfles – Essere nel tempo
The first retrospective of Gillo Dorlles in Rome celebrates his art and philosophy. The exhibition, curated by Achille Boniva Oliva, covers Dorfles artistic production, critical thinking and aesthetic theory. Gillo Dorfles is considered one of a foremost figures in 20th century Italian culture.
through March 30


Fotografia. Di Festival Internazionale di Roma. XIV Edizione – Il Presente
The “Present” is the overriding theme of this year’s edition of Rome's photography festival.
In a world of constant and sudden acceleration, photographic practice – whose mechanisms of production and distribution are now almost immediate –is an art form capable of capturing and defining the present, observing and delimiting its boundaries. With few exceptions, MACRO will be the main venue for exhibitions associated with this 14th annual edition of the festival. through January


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




Roberto Fanari – Ferro
A solo exhibition featuring sculpture, large scale drawings and site-specific installations by White Noise’s Insideart 2014 award winner. Sardinian artist Roberto Fanari presents a series of sculptures in iron, which he considers a perfect metaphor for contemporary civilization. His sculptures, reminiscent of seated works by Harry Bertoia and Duane Hanson, are the result of his search for a plastic art form in the age of digital imagery, tracing forms in space akin to a polygon mesh in computer graphics. For the artist, the skeletal structures that serve as the soul of the sculpture are completed works of art within themselves. Using iron rods, as structural reinforcement, Fanari traces the essential form of the figure to create a sculpture composed of alternating areas of solid and void spaces,. Here, his work channels that of another artist, the grotesque masks of Adolfo Wildt.
White Noise Gallery Via Del Marsi 20/22 (Pigneta)
Tuesday – Friday, 12-8 pm; through February 27

Pizzi Cannella – Interno via degli Ausoni (155838)
The sixth edition in a ten-cycle homage to artist, Pizzi Cannelli, exponent of the the San Lorenzo Group also known as the Nuovo Scuola Romana. The group,was formed in the 1970s by six artists who set about transforming an abandoned industrial space into an artistic environment, moving their studios from Rome’s historic centre to the working-class neighbourhood of San Lorenzo. Their work has influenced a new generation of Italian artists. Cannella is known for his earlier conceptual works and his experimentation with Citazionismo anacronista, an artistic movement know for quoting and art history terms, while his later and current work focuses on the abstraction of the human figure in objects.

Fondazione Pastificio Cerere Via Degli Ausoni 7 (San Lorenzo)
Monday – Friday, 3-7 pm and Saturday, 4-8 pm; through March 5


Works by thirty contemporary artists, tracie the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes, and bricolage.. Derived from the Italian word schizzare (splash), a "sketch" represents the initial impulse from mind to hand, the developmental process whereby form begins to emerge. In the laboratory of the studio, bricolage is often used as an instinctual method in the construction of prototypes. The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, and Robert Therrien and others. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments that led to epiphanies.
Gagosian Gallery Via Francesco Crispi 16 (Piazza di Spagna – Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through March 5


Different Views
A group exhibition featuring works Bato, Annalisa Fulvi (shown here), Fabio Imperiale, Charlie Masson, and Arianna Matta. Their works are snapshots of changing environments, reconstructed or imagined, ranging from e futuristic and irrational transformations of urban construction sites to psycho-geographies in which the human form and city interact to landscape morphed into a mirage.
RVB ArtsVia delle Zoccolette 28 (Via Arenula – Via Giulia)
Tuedsay – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm



Afro Basaldella – L’inquetudine della forma
Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is considered one of the most important artists of the postwar period and one of the leading exponents of the Informal Italian and Roman schools, along with contemporaries Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana. In 1933 Afro started working in a figurative style, rich in symbolic accents and pale and ethereal tones, akin to that of the Scuola Romana (Roman School), with which he was temporarily affiliated. He left the Gruppo Otto in 1954 to develop a more dramatic and spontaneous style. His works of the late 1950s testify to his growing interest in Abstract Expresssionism amplified by his friendship Willem de Kooning, who stayed in his studio in Rome in 1959, and Afro's frequent visits to the United States.
Galleria D’Arte Benucci Via Dei Babuino 150c (near Piazza di Spagna)
through February 15

Nikolaus Gansterer / Monika Grzymala – Proxemia.
The Co-creation of Space

Proxemia is the study of nature, degree and effect of separation and convergence of space that individuals naturally maintain in diverse social and personal situations, and the way in which this behavior varies according to environment and cultural components.This site specific installation, experimental in nature, is based on Henri Lefebvre’s thesis on space as a social construction. In applying this concept, the artists decode and map the gallery space as a social structure.
Nikolaus Gansterer Austia, 1974) lives and works in Vienna and Berlin as an artist and performer and is interested in the connection between design, thought and action.
Monika Grzymala (Poland, 1970) lives and works in Berlin. Her three-dimensional drawings unfold ten meters in the form of large bundles of adhesive tape.
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Via Pallacorda 15 (historic center off Via della Scrofa)
Monday – Friday, 14-8 pm; through Febreuary 6

José Angelino - Swing
New works in glass, gas, metal and water depict the reproduction of the northern lights. The artist uses noble gases and electricity to generate currents of color within glass structures. His works are based on a study of argon gas reactions.
Jose’ Angelino (Ragusa, 1977) studied physics before turning his attention to art. In 2011, he won the Premio Scialoja for visual arts and participated in other national competions. In 2014, he exhibited in a group exhibtion at the Cere Museum
Alessandra Bonomo Via Del Gesù (near Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Friday, 12-7 pm 

Evgeny Antufiev – Fusion and Absorption
Tuvan artist Antufiev, showing for the first time in Rome, presents works that interrogate on multiple levels the rapport between today’s art and that of antiquity, the relationship between art and nature and the boundaries between the two. His work explores collective memory, the engine that powers our cultural identities and the incomparable and enigmatic power of art’s immortality.Antufiev lives and works in Moscow. He has shown in Italy, France and at the at the New Museum in New York.
Z20 Galleria, Via della Vetrina 21(near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Saturday. 12-7 pm; through February 6

Michelangelo Antonioni Pittore
A selection of works in acrylic on canvas and works on paper from the private archives of the late filmmaker, Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007), who is credited with having redefined the concept of narrative cinema and challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, and drama.In the later years if his life, he turned to painting. Many of the works shown for the first time were begun in 2001. Antonioni died in 2007.
Fine Art Gallery , Piazza Di Pietra 28 (near Piazza Colonna)
Monday – Saturday, 11 am -1 pm and 4-8 pm; through February 29


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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