Don't miss these exhibitions in Rome - spring 2018 selected events

March 06, 2018

Complesso del Vittoriano - Ala Brasini 

MONET. Masterpieces from Musée Marmottan, Paris

Currently on display, extended to June 3rd 2018

Due to its popularity, the gorgeous impressionist Monet exhibition curated by Marianne Mathieu at the Complesso Vittoriano has been extended. On display 60 works by the father of Impressionism that were originally kept in the artist’s beloved house in Giverny, his last home, before being donated to the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, by his son Michel. 

As well as illustrating the evolution of Monet’s career, the exhibition also reflects its multiple facets and the richness of his artistic production. From the celebrated caricatures of the late 1850s to the rural and urban landscapes of London, Paris, Vétheuil, and Pourville – and of his many homes; from portraits of his children to the canvases dedicated to the flowers in his garden; and including his ultra-modern painting of weeping willows, the path under rose trellises, the Japanese bridge and his monumental water lilies shimmering in a radiant haze with violet dust.

Among the masterpieces on display are Portrait de Michel Monet bébé (1878), Ninfee (1916-1919), Le Rose (1925-1926), and Londres. Le Parlement. Reflets sur la Tamise (1905).

 

Palazzo Altemps

FORNASETTI. Practical Quotes 

(Citazioni Pratiche)

Currently on display through May 6th 2018

Fornasetti Rome exhibition, Practical Quotes
Fornasetti Rome exhibition, Practical Quotes

For the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the opening to the public, the Palazzo Altemps Museum hosts this extraordinary exhibition of over 800 items from the Fornasetti design archives.

The collection of sculptures and the spaces of Palazzo Altemps, the very rich and articulate historical itinerary, enters in relationship with the interior decorations and objects, over 800 pieces created by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), one of the most famous Italian designers and artists of the 20th century and his son Barnaba (1950), both eclectic investigators of the everyday life. Their genius makes use of the architectural, archaeological and artistic historical past to create a world that has never existed.

From one space to another, the classical themes of the ruins and antiquities, refer to an unexpected and irreverent exchange, cultured and wise, between the permanent collection of ancient art of the Museum and the creations born from the unrestrained imagination and surrealist invention of Fornasetti.

The exhibition, through the fantastic, playful, dreamlike features of Fornasetti's creations, brings to the fore the dual soul of Palazzo Altemps. Born as an aristocratic residence where families Riario, Medici, Orsini, Altemps and Hardouin succeeded, in 1997 it became the National Roman Museum dedicated to the history of antiquarian collecting. Respecting the historical vocation of the residence, on display are the collections of ancient statuary of the great Roman noble families: statues and reliefs of the collections Altemps, Boncompagni Ludovisi, Mattei, Del Drago, the sculptures Jandolo, Veneziani, Brancaccio, the Egyptian collection, the famous frescoes Pallavicini Rospigliosi, works coming from exceptional finds and recovered from the antique market, 'innumerable archaeological collection of Evan Gorga, eccentric collector of the early twentieth century.

The exhibition offers an itinerary that opens up from the courtyard and winds through the museum rooms, where the ancient sculptural masterpieces and Renaissance decorations meet the timeless works of Fornasetti. Drawings, furniture, accessories retrace the production of Atelier Fornasetti, from the 1930s to today, revealing itself as something more than simple decorated objects: "an invitation to imagination, to think", as Piero himself, used to say. An avenue for imagination, which leads back to the original soul of Palazzo Altemps.

 

Ara Pacis Museum

MAGNUM POSTER: Look at the world and tell it in photography

(Magnum Manifesto: Guardare il mondo e raccontarlo in fotografia)

Currently on display through June 3rd 2018

MAGNUM POSTER: Look at the world and tell it in photography, Rome exhibition
MAGNUM POSTER: Look at the world and tell it in photography, Rome exhibition

With this exhibition the most important photojournalism agency in the world, Magnum Photos, is celebrating the 70th anniversary. The exhibition collects part of the work done over the years and gives a new and in-depth look at the history and archive of the Agency.

The famous images and the great reports of its authors allow us to understand how and why Magnum has become different, unique and legendary.

From the report on immigrant workers in the USA, made by Eve Arnold in the fifties, to the portraits of "family", soft and intimate, by Elliott Erwitt; from the famous images of the gypsies of Josef Koudelka, to the touching series made in 1968 by Paul Fusco on the "Funeral Train", the train that carried the body of Robert Kennedy on his last journey to the cemetery of Arlington, crossing an upset and sore America. And again, the most recent series of the new authors of Magnum: from "Spain Occulta" by Cristina Garcia Rodero, to anthropological observations, in the form of photographs, made in the world by Martin Parr; from the crude topicality of South America documented by Jérôme Sessini, up to the Mediterranean Sea, dark and uncertain in the migrants' nights, photographed by Paolo Pellegrin.

The curator, Clément Chéroux, has selected a series of rare and unpublished documents, images of great historical value and new creations, to illustrate how Magnum Photos owes its excellence to the ability of photographers to merge art and journalism, personal creation and testimony of reality, verifying how the "Magnum factor" continues to exist and continually renew its style.

HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan
HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan

Scuderie del Quirinale

HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan 

On display from March 1st to July 29th 2018

 

Nature, landscapes, faces. An evocative tale about Japan by one of the XVIII Century masters.

A selection of about 230 works from the most important series of Hiroshige such as "One hundred views of the Capital of Edo" and "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido", but also images of animals, flowers and insects among the most admired, as well as original drawings and still intact print matrices constitute the corpus of the exhibition path proposed for this great monographic survey.

Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese engraver and painter, one of the most famous artists of the Floating World (ukiyo-e), marks, with his work, the great aesthetic turning point in Japanese art history from the XVII to the end of the XIX century. The peculiarity of his gaze, definable almost photographic, manages to bring the landscape and nature to the center of his work giving the observer that sense of harmony and serenity that has been reached by western impressionist and post-impressionist artists: not surprisingly, the his famous "Ohashi Bridge under the downpour" was copied by Van Gogh.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

HUMAN+. THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES

Currently on display through July 1st 2018

HUMAN+. THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES poster
HUMAN+. THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES poster

HUMAN+ was conceived and first exhibited at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.
This new iteration of HUMAN+ curated by Cathrine Kramer is a coproduction of the exhibition by Science Gallery and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species is an exhibition that explores potential future trajectories of humankind by considering the implications of both historical and emerging technologies. The ‘plus’ symbol in Human+ implies a positive direction for the future of our species. But what is that direction? For the majority of the 20th century, progress has been measured by increased speed and efficiency—faster, better, stronger—but the side effects have been fatter, sadder and exhausted. Our definition of success needs to be recalibrated.

The 21st century will be characterized by the confluence of fields such as biotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. Manipulating biological processes, controlling digital and mechanical machines and creating non-biological intelligence above and beyond what humans can comprehend— these advances raise ethical questions about the appropriation of life and the alteration of the self. The converging forces of these and other currents will lead us to a new and unknown place.

 

Palazzo delle Esposizioni 

CESARE TACCHI. A Retrospective

Currently on display through May 6th 2018

CESARE TACCHI. A Retrospective Rome exhibition poster
CESARE TACCHI. A Retrospective Rome exhibition poster

A monographic exhibition, an exercise in attention, study and enhancement using an artist's story to review the intellectual tension spanning over half a century. Curated by Daniela Lancioni and Ilaria Bernardi.

The exhibition narrative focuses on the works of Cesare Tacchi (1940–2014) one of the major representatives of the Italian Pop Art to whom the city of Rome is paying tribute almost four years after his death.

Portrayed by critics in 1959 as "a solitary, silent and disciplined young man", Tacchi's mood did not change over the years even though he was one of the leading lights in several important groups of artists. In fact, it may well have been this that allowed him flush out the inconsistencies in some of the more crucial areas of contemporary visual culture, and to set off down new and hitherto untrodden paths. Over one hundred works displayed in chronological order will reconstruct his entire artistic career.

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