Summer 2018 Exhibitions in Rome

July 10, 2018

Chiostro del Bramante  

Turner. Works From Tate

Currently on display, until August 26th 2018

For the first time in Rome, a unique collection of works is presented that illustrates an intimate and aloof side of J.M.W Turner (23 April 1775 - 19 December 1851) which has been donated entirely to Great Britain and conserved at Tate Britain in London. The exhibition features what marks the start of a major collaboration between Tate, London and Chiostro del Bramante.

Many of the works on display come from the artist’s personal studio and were produced over the years for his “own pleasure”. Over ninety artworks which include sketches, studies, watercolours, drawings and a selection of oil paintings that have never before been exhibited together in Italy are the features of this major exhibition “TURNER. Works from Tate” devoted to the famous and renowned watercolour artist who influenced more than one generation of artists with his work.



An aesthetic and visual pleasure that conserves memories of journeys, emotions and fragments of landscapes seen during his stays abroad. Nature and romanticism merge in the perfect depiction of the sublime and in the contemplation of an unstoppable, almost mysterious force, that was evoked time and again to respond to the artist’s need to seek a constantly evolving language able to anticipate artistic times and fashions.

Divided into six sections, the exhibition invites visitors to discover the development of the artistic language of the greatest romantic painter in chronological order.


Museo di Roma  

Canaletto. Views and Moods

Currently on display, until August 18th 2018

Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto - Venice - The Grand Canal, Looking North-East from Palazzo Balbi to the Rialto Bridge
Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto - Venice - The Grand Canal, Looking North-East from Palazzo Balbi to the Rialto Bridge

Rome celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Italian master Canaletto’s death through a retrospective of the artist’s works in the largest exhibition of his works ever exhibited in Italy: 67 paintings, drawings and documents selected for their beauty and for their importance, illustrate his thinking and method, the technique and relationship with reality.

On display are several of masterpieces such as the Grand Canal from the north, towards the Rialto bridge and the Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Carita, exhibited for the first time together with the manuscript with details of their commision.  The collection presented in this exhibition, which comes from some of the most important museums in the world, allows access to exceptional works which illustrate the genesis of the artist’s creation and his abilities to capture reality and transform it with imagination.


Palazzo Barberini

Eco and Narcissus. Portrait and self-portrait in the collections of MAXXI and National Galleries Barberini Corsini

9th May  – 28th October 2018

by Flaminia Gennari Santori and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

To celebrate the opening of the new rooms of the South wing of Palazzo Barberini in addition to the Salone Pietro da Cortona, the Oval Room and the Landscapes Room, has been set up the new show “Eco and Narciso”, the exhibition produced by the National Galleries in collaboration with MAXXI: a path that connects ancient art and contemporary art on the theme of portrait and self-portrait, with works from the collections of the two national museums.

The portrait represents one of the most significant strands of the National Galleries collection and is presented in the exhibition through a different, non-chronological perspective, beyond the historical-artistic categories with which the paintings of the past are usually looked at and studied.

The works of Luigi Ontani and Pietro da Cortona, Raphael and Richard Serra, Bronzino and Giulio Paolini, Piero di Cosimo and Kiki Smith narrate the themes of temporality, the representation of power, eroticism, intimacy and the exotic.


Scuderie del Quirinale

HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan

On display from March 1st to July 29th 2018

HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan
HIROSHIGE. Visions from Japan

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, his famous "Ohashi Bridge under the downpour" was copied by Van Gogh.


Palazzo delle Esposizioni


Currently on display through September 2nd 2018

Letizia Battaglia, La bambina e il buio, Baucina, 1980
Letizia Battaglia, La bambina e il buio, Baucina, 1980 © Letizia Battaglia

The exhibition offers a selection of over two hundred photographs and photographic books from the Donata Pizzi Collection, established with the aim of promoting the knowledge of the most original interpreters in the Italian photographic panorama from the mid-1960s to today. The collection - one of a kind in Italy - is composed of photographic works by about seventy authors belonging to different generations and expressive fields: from the pioneering works of Paola Agosti, Letizia Battaglia, Lisetta Carmi, Elisabetta Catalano, Carla Cerati, Paola Mattioli, Marialba Russo, until the latest experiments conducted between the Nineties and 2018 by Marina Ballo Charmet, Silvia Camporesi, Monica Carocci, Gea Casolaro, Paola Di Bello, Luisa Lambri, Raffaella Mariniello, Marzia Miglior, Moira Ricci, Alessandra Spranzi and many others .

The Donata Pizzi collection was presented for the first time at the Milan Triennale in 2016 as part of a project created in collaboration with Mufoco - Museum of Contemporary Photography of Milan-Cinisello Balsamo and is now being presented at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni enriched with new acquisitions.


Ara Pacis Museum


Currently on display through September 9th 2018

Built as a defence wall from the outside and then incorporated into the city tissue, the Aurelian Walls with their prominence accompany the streets, glimpses and horizons of the city of Rome. With over 12 km of length on which they still develop, they are the largest monument of Imperial Rome and the longest, oldest and best preserved urban city wall in history.

On show is a selection of 77 large-format colour photographs: in each photo, Jemolo tells the uniqueness of a piece of history and everyday life. Some stretches of walls still stand out solemn and solitary, others have been incorporated by city life made of palaces, cemeteries, construction sites, workshops and large roads, other sections continually try to repossess the nature, with shrubs, plants and climbing plants. In some photos, taken outside the ramparts, you can see the different techniques used over the centuries: from brick bricks to tuff, to marble reuse materials, while others tell the "inside" the walls, with glimpses of walkways, doors, towers.

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