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Week of April 12 - April 18, 2013

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Louise Nevelson ConstructionLouise Nevelson
The first exhibition in Rome entirely dedicated to the American sculptor, draughtswoman and printmaker (nee' Louise Berliawsky, Ukraine 1899 - USA 1988). Throughout her career, Nevelson occupied an important place in 20th century sculpture. A nucleus of more than 70 works illustrates the artist's activities, from the drawings and terracottas produced during the 1930s, to the assemblages in painted wood of the '50s and the masterpieces of the '60s and '70s to the important mature works created in the '80s, all of which are on loan from important national and international collections. 
Nevelson grew up in Rockland Maine, where her father operated a lumberyard. Newlywed in 1920, she moved to New York with her husband Charles Nevelson and began to self-educate herself as an actress, pianist, dancer, singer and painter while preparing for a career as a sculptor. Among her surviving early works are pen-and-ink drawings representing the human figure in a fluid outline. From 1928 to 1930 she studied at the Art Students League in New York under Kenneth Hayes Miller and Kimon Nicolaides. In 1931, Nevelson travelled to Munich to study briefly at the Hofmann Schule für Moderne Kunst run by the renowned abstractionist, Hans Hofmann. When she returned to the U.S. in 1932, she continued her studies at the Art Students League under Hofmann, who had emigrated to New York. Through Hofmann, she became aware of Cubism and techniques of collage, which affected her development as an artist. Cubism and Surrealism, along with African, American Indian and Pre-Columbian art, were paramount influences on the works she exhibited in group shows in the 1930s.
Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Sciarra, Via Marco Minghetti 22 (at Via del Corso)
Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 8 pm; April 16 through July 21  

Constantino 313 DCConstantino 313 D. C.
This exhibition celebrates the anniversary of the Edict of Milan, enacted in 313 A.D., which set a new political-religious charter for the Western Roman Empire led by the Emperor Constantine and his counterpart in the East, Licinius. With it, Christianity was declared lawful after centuries of persecution, inaugurating a period of religious tolerance and of great political and cultural innovation.
Divided into six sections, the exhibition is developed around the historical, artistic and religious contours of the Constantinian era. More than 200 precious objects of art and archeology trace the conversion of Constantine, and the symbols of his triumph. Highlighted are the protagonists of the time, the army, armaments, and the court. A section dedicated to Helena, mother of Constantine and Holy Empress, emphasizes the uniqueness of this female figure within the imperial court and the history of the church. Many works are on loan from both Italian and foreign museums and public institutions: the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the British Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. and the National Gallery in Washington. The exhibition travels to Rome from Milan.
Anfiteatro Flavio - Colosseo, Piazza Del Colosseo
Monday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 7:15 pm; through September 5

White & White nel dialogo tra Corea e Italia
(Dialogue between Korea and Italy)
A convergence of two diverse cultures represented in the color white, starting with works executed in the late 1950s, the exhibition traces an imaginary, monochromatic line that connects the West and the East at a time when both Italy and Korea were on the threshold of social change. The exposition began as a reflection on the varying artistic and historical values of the Western avant-garde in relation to figuration and to the concept of void in Korean traditions. Aside from the traditional Korean aesthetics on white, Korean scholars recognized the artistic movements of the West and of Japan from the early 1950s and 1960s as an important influence on the Korean monochromatic tendencies of the 1970s, in which artists found a way to incorporate the elements from the West. The works retraces this history and examine the connection among Italy’s Arte Povera, America’s Minimalism, and Japan’s Monoha.
Museo Carlo Bilotti - Aranciera Di Villa Borghese,
Viale Fiorello La Guardia 4
Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm and Saturday, Sunday, 10 am - 7 pm; through June 2


Marco Delogu RomaMarco Delogu - Ritratti 
Portraiture is an ongoing theme in the work of Delogu who has  photographed emperors, writers, poets and philosophers from ancient statues and busts. With a deft usage of light, he fuels new life into characters who bear history's burden in their faces. The exhibition is held in the ancient Temple of Romulus, which  was constructed by Maxentius in the Roman Forum in honor of his son who died at a young age. The temple's circular structure, an example of late Empire architecture, and bronze panels are still intact. The 2nd-century polychrome marble altarpiece is set inside a niche surrounded by 13th-century frescoed walls.
Marco Delogu was born in 1960 in Rome, where he still lives and works. His research focuses on portraits of people with common experiences and languages. In recent years, his projects have been more focused on nature. He is the artistic director of FotoGrafia International Festival of Rome, which he founded in 2002. Delogu has shown throughout Italy and abroad; the French Academy-Villa Medici in Rome, Municipal Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizione, Rome; Warburg Institute in London, Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds, IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, and many others.
Foro Romano   Via Della Salara Vecchia (Foro Imperiali)
Monday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 6 pm through May 5

Lucilla Catania - Stareeandare
Fourteen stone, marble and terracotta sculptures trace the course of the artist's work from the 1980s to present. Ten sculptures executed during the 1990s inaugurate the museum's new hall, while the four remaining works, realized expressly for this show, are placed in dialogue with pieces from the museum's permanent collection to establish a rapport between ancient and contemporary sculptural language.
Museo Nazionale D'Arte Oreientale Giiuseppe Tucci (Palazzo Brancaccio)
Via Merulana 248 {San Giovanni}
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
and Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 9 am - 7:30 pm through May 16

Marco Tirelli - Immaginario
Tirelli (Rome, 1956) presents a new aspect of his research. Linking the verbal and visual, he connects the nature and evolution of the conceptual and creative process.  The title, “Imaginary,”  alludes to an imaged repository, an archive where models and fragments can enter and from which the artist draws  to create the visual  composition of these works. Tirelli's visual repository contains hundreds of different subjects from everyday objects to architecture, from animals to maps, geometry. The exhibit is curated by Ludovico Pratesi.
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica - Palazzo Fontana di Trevi,  Via Poli 54
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 7 pm; through May 5 tel 06 699 80242

Picasso"Cubisti Cubismo" a Roma Da Picasso
a Leger, da Braque a Severini

More than 200 works including oils, drawings, sculpture, films, design objects, costumes and documents bySpaniards Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, French artists Georges Braque, Fernand Leger, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger; American Marsden Hartley, Mexican Diego Rivera, Russian Natalia Goncharova and Italians Gino Severini and Ardengo Soffici; English artists Wyndham Lewis, Vanessa Bell and others. In addition to masterworks of important artists, the show illustrates the broad reach of Cubism's influence in architecture, literature, theater, music, cinema, design,home furnishings and fashion.With works on loan from private collections, galleries and museums including the Victoria and Albert and Courtauld Gallery London, the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Moscow, the Hermitage Saint Petersburg, the National Gallery of Art Washington, and the Guggenheim New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fundacio'n Coleccio'n Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid.
Complesso del Vittoriano, Piazza Venezia
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm;
Sunday, 9:30 am -8:30 pm. through June 23

Tiziano Exhibit RomeTiziano
Visitors to this exhibition will be able to retrace the salient moments of this great Italian painter's career, from his early days in the workshops of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione in Venice to his large canvases for the Doges and for the D'Este and Della Rovere families, and ultimately, with his imperial commissions from Charles V and his son Philip II.  Titian's entire artistic career is represented at the highest level, decade by decade, underscoring his masterly sense of color and the development of his brushwork. 
Tiziano Vecellio (ca. 1488–1576), universally known as Titian, has been considered the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th century, eventually gaining international fame. Titian is known above all for his iconic use of color and development of a painting style that had a resounding influence on art into the 17th century. He contributed to all aspects of Renaissance art — painting, altarpieces, portraits, mythologies, allegory, and lush pastoral landscapes. His work was evocative and often broke with tradition.
Born to a family of jurists in Pieve di Cadore, Titian was sent, with his older brother, to live with his uncle in Venice at the age of nine.  He soon learned the technique of painting, managing to make a name for himself in the workshop of the great Giorgione in the first decade of the 16th century. By 1510-11 he was already considered to be one of the city's most promising masters, thanks to a commission for the frescoes in the School of St. Anthony in Padua.  Giorgione's death and the departure of Sebastiano Luciani (known as Sebastiano del Piombo) for Rome allowed him to embark on a prestigious career as a painter, with a variety of lofty commissions.  His patrons succumbed to the charm of his secular works, his energy as a portrait painter and his bold championing of the primacy of color and movement. After he completed the altarpiece of the Assumption in the Frari church in Venice, he was acclaimed an absolute master. 
Scuderie Del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16
Sunday - Thursday, 10 am - 8 pm and Friday, Saturday, 10 am - 10:30 pm: through June 16 tel 06 399 67500

Soulanges XXXIst Century

The first solo exhibition in Italy dedicated to Soulanges, highlights how this master, who has been recognized as the leading representative of French abstractionism since the 1940s, continues, at the age of 92, to produce truly contemporary work..
Academie de France, Villa Medici, Viale Trinità di Medici 3
(top of the Spanish Steps)
Tuesday - Sunday 10:45 am - 1 pm and 2 -7 pm; through June 16

Legami e corrispondenze Immagini e parole attraverso il ‘900 romano
Artworks from the museum's permanent collection offer a reading of the correspondence that existed between the figurative arts, literature and poetry in Rome at the onset of the 20th twentieth century through the end of the 1960s, a period when artists and writers worked together in a continuous exchange of ideas. The exhibition, divided into six thematic sections, presents 100 works in painting and sculpture juxtaposed with literary works by Italian authors Gabriele D'Annunzio, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Bontempelli, Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Alberto Moravia. An ample selection of their works supports themes developed in the visual arts over the course of the last century. The image shown here is the work of Mario Mafai. The exhibition is accompanied by a multimedia presentation.
Galleria D'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Via Francesco Crispi 24 (near Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday - Sunday, 2 - 6 pm; through September 29


Valerio R OrlandoValerio Rocco Orlando - The Reverse Grand Tour
Orlando's exhibition showcases an experimental project realized over the course of a year following a series of ad hoc residencies in foreign academies in Rome. The concept behind Orlando's experiment is to observe, from the inside, an educational and cultural system that is unmatched in the world and, at the same time, analyze the development and nature of the Grand Tour in a contemporary context, though the relationship between foreign artists and the city. The exhibition comprises a video installation in which foreign artists explain their personal points of view on any given topic, speaking in their mother tongues with Italian subtitles. A series of photographs portray the interior spaces of artists' studios. An intersting aspect of this exhibition is th curator's idea to showcase works by an artist from the new generation alongside historic works from the museum's permanent collection linked to the Grand Tour and the self-portraits of 19th century and 20th century artists, raising the issue of relevancy of academia as a concept while examining the relationship between Rome and the international artists who have come here. .
Valerio Rocco Orlando {Milan, 1978}, schooled in Italy and the UK, has shown primarily in Europe and New York, as well as at international bienale
GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna , Viale delle Belle Arti 131 (Parioli, northern end of Villa Borghese gardens)
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm: through April 28

Also at this museum:

Sean Scully RomeSean Scully: Change and Horizontals
Scully, who is best known for his large abstract canvases filled with brushy rectangles, is a leading representative of the new generation of abstract painters that emerged towards the end of the 20th century. Over the past three decades he has risen to the highest rank of painters working in the abstract tradition.  Scully began painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s amid the dominance of Op Art in Britain. He then moved to America, where he reportedly found his painterly voice in the stripe, always remaining true to his assertion that "the stripe is a signifier of modernism." In a recent interview, Sully said that his art "combines intimacy with monumentality". The show in Rome, curated by Peter Benson Miller, offers a series of works that document an important transition in Scully's development, in acrylic and graphite tape built between 1974 and 1975, along with three watercolors and sixty pages of notebook. Scully was born in Dublin and now lives in Germany. His work has been exhibited in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Albright-Knox Gallery, Galleria de Arte Moderna, Bologna and Gallerie Jeu de Paume, Pais and others. This exhibition travels to Rome from the Drawing Center in New York where it was produced by curators Joanna Kleinberg and Brett Littman. Through June 9

Il fascino discreto dell'oggetto - 1910 - 1950

Four decades of artworks devoted to the genre of still-life. The exhibition offers an historic overview of the developing styles of 20th century Italian artists, featuring 150 paintings, drawings, and prints from the museum's permanent collection.
through June 2Japanese Decorative Art Rome

L'Arte Decorativo di Giappone
An overview of decorative arts production in Japan between 1884 and 1945 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Japan Cultural Foundation in Rome. This is the first exhibition in Italy dedicated to Japanese art during a period of intense transformation ranging from the restoration of the Meiji Emperor in 1868 to the end of WWII. The show comprises over 100 paintings and 59 decorative artworks on loan from museums worldwide and private Japanese collections.


Helmut Newton Rome ShowHelmut Newton. White Women \ Sleepless Nights \ Big Nudes
Two hundred photographs from the first three volumes of work published by Helmut Newton. In the volume White Women (1976), the photographer pristined nudity into a fashion aesthetic with provocative images that have been said to have revolutinized the concept of fashion photography, chronicling the transformation of the role of women in Western society. The volume Sleepless Nights (1979) focuses on a woman's body and clothing, in which the images gradually shift from fashion photographs into fully-fledged portraits, and from portraits into something approaching news reporting. This volume chronicles, in a single publication, the work that Newton produced for different magazines, with Vogue heading the list. With the publication of Big Nudes (1981), Newton brought an iconographical element to his images and became known as one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. His models are portrayed in diverse environments — in street scenes and often in sensual poses suggesting that he may have been using fashion photography as a pretext for producing something totally different and far more personal.
Many of these pictures are particularly significant to Newton's ongoing theme: the merger of ambiguity, eroticism and narrative. For example: his portrait of Andy Warhol shot in a Tuscan church in which the artist is frozen in the same position as a statue of the Madonna; the actress Nastassja Kinski seen clutching a doll with the features of Marlene Dietrich; or the sequence of women imprisoned in prostheses which, in correcting a physical impairment, are actually not so different from the make-up designed to correct an aesthetic flaw.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale, 194 (near Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 10 am - 8 pm,; Friday-Saturday, 10 am - 10 pm; through July 21

Christoph Brech - Roma citta' scattata. Fotografie e video
Video and photographic artist Christoph Brech's first solo exhibition in Rome features a selection of photographs of the Eternal City in large format created expressly for this exhibition in 2012. Brech has chosen to produce images that have been repeatedly photographed, yet in doing so, opens up the view of a new world full of ancient motifs.
Christoph Brech began his exploration of Roman vistas while a fellow at the German Academy Rome in 2006. The exhibition will be accompanied by Brech's video works of Rome gifted by Michael and Ricarda Matheus and now a part of the museum's permanent collection
Casa di Goethe ,  Via del Corso 18 (near Piazza del Popolo)
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm; March 19 through September 8

Martino Gamper / Jason Dodge: Design e Narrativa nel Found Object
Italian artist Martino Gamper and American Jason Dodge, whose practices are very different, have in common a fascination with the potential of the found object. Dodge's installations find new narratives in the insignificance and marginality of objects taken from everyday life (gloves, blankets, pipes, lightbulbs, electrical wires). The total work is composed, both by the visible part of the object and by the invisible story surrounding and penetrating it. Martino Gamper has a particular interest in the psycho-social aspects of furniture design, including corners (the multiple emotions provoked by the single right-angled boundary) and underused spaces. His art often reworks unwanted objects through craftsmanship, and the story behind his art involves materials, techniques, people and places. Sponsored by the Franco Noero Gallery in Turin.
American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5 (Janiculum above Trastevere)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-7 pm; through April 29

Francesco Zizola
A selection of recent color photographs shot during the last 10 years in 20 countries around the world. Zizola's images address the question of the photojournalist’s responsibility to the people they photograph. Born in Rome in  1962 he has photographed some of the world’s major conflicts and hidden crises. His book “Born Somewhere” is the result of a 13-year project, covering the plight of children in 28 different countries. He has published five books, including Iraq, published by Amnesty International in 2007, Iraq II, Etats d'enfance and Born Somewhere. In 2006, the Italian film director Liliana Ginanneschi made a documentary about Zizola called Occhio Sensibile (Sensitive Eye). In 2007, he opened 10b Photography, a Rome-based multipurpose center for professional photography, featuring a gallery and a digital laboratory. He is a member and co-founder of NOOR picture agency and foundation.
Museo di Roma Trastevere, Piazza Sant'Egdio 1b
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 8 pm; through April 28

Hannu Palosuo - Memoria Obliterata (Memory obliterated)
The first solo exhibition in Rome by this Finnish artist explores the beauty of symbolism in painting and sculpture. Palosuo's most recent works portray people, chandeliers and flowers immersed in dense composition of symbols thorugh which diverse meanings and references glide along with a kind of fuzzy logic as in a dream.
Hannu Palosuo (Helsinki, 1966) has lived in Sweden and Berlin and studied in Rome at La Sapienza. He participated in the Biennale Venzia in 2009.
Museo Henrik C. Andersen, Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 20 (Flaminio)
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; through May 26  tel 06 321 9089

Tiffany and Galle' and Masters of Art Nouveau
More than 90 objects ranging from fine examples of glass ornaments to ceramics, to textiles and jewellery represent applied and decorative arts during the golden epoch of Art Nouveau. Special attention is given to the glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 -1933) and Emile Galle' (1846-1904) and to master Hungarian glassmakers. Art Nouveau was an international philosophy and style of art ,architecture and applied art made popular from 1890-1910. It is considered an important transition between neoclassicism and modernism. Works are on loan from the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
Museo Capitoline, Palazzo Cafarelli
(entrance, Palazzo dei Conservatori) Piazza Campidoglio.
Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 8 pm; through April 28


Letterio Scalia and Rome, between Painting and Dream Factory

Monographic exhibition documents for the first time the complete works of Letterio Scalia (Acireale 1908 - Rome 1996), painter, illustrator and creator of graphics and movie posters. Since 1965, Scalia has been director and teacher at the School of Ornamental Arts of the City of Rome.
Museo di Roma Trastevere, Piazza di San Egidio
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; through May 5

Vittorio de Sica
Tutti De Sica

A multi-media exhibition chronicling the life and career of Vittorio De Sica ( 1901 - 1974), actor, film director and leading figure in the Italian neo-realist movement. De Sica received honorary Academy Awards for his films Sciuscia (Shoeshine) and Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves or The Bicycle Thief), which paved the way for the establishment of the Best Foreign Language film award category, and he went on to win Oscars for Ieri, Oggi, Domani and Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini. The exhibition includes posters, film clips, photographs, religious objects, and costumes.
Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (near Piazza della Repubblica)
Tuesday- Sunday, 9am - 7 pm; through April 28


Art Extra Large

Extra Large

Dedicated to large-scale works and installations held in private and public Italian collections, this exhibition displays a wide range of themes dominant in contemporary art over the late decades of the 20th century. Works by Girogio Andreotta Calo, Micol Assael, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Isablelle Cornaro, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Anna Franceschini, kendell Geers, Heike Kabisch, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Marko Lulic', Vittorio Messina, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Alfredo Pirri, Peter Roccasalva and Pietro Ruffo .
MACRO Testaccio, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4 (Testaccio )
tel 06 671070400.
Tuesday - Sunday, 4-10 pm; through May 5

Il Cammino di Pietro
Jan Brughel, George de La Tour, Giorgio Vasari, Lorenzo Veniziano and Guido Reni are just a few of the artists whose masterpieces depict the journeys of St. Peter. This exhibition calls attention to the concept of faith and what church scholars view as a waning discernment surrounding faith in today's society.
Castel Sant'Angelo. Lungotevere Castello 50
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 7:30 pm; through May 1

Brueghel. Meraviglie dell’arte fiamminga
(The Wonders of Flemish Art)
A major exhibition of masterpieces tracing the artistic journey of four generations of painters including 70 paintings, and 30 drawings and prints by principle exponents of the Brueghel family of Flemish artists who produced works throughout the 15th and 17th centuries, beginning with Pieter Brueghel, (1525/30-1569), familiarly known as Pieter the Elder and the most revered member of the clan. Brueghel’s focus on the lives of ordinary Flemish people earned him the nickname “peasant Bruegel.” A long time resident of Antwerp, the center of publishing in the Netherlands and a vibrant commercial capital, Bruegel brought a humanizing spirit to traditional subjects and boldly created new ones. The novel and ingenious way in which Bruegel translated moralizing subjects into vernacular language is most apparent in his original drawings and paintings. In religious and mythological depictions, Bruegel expanded the viewer’s perspective with a startlingly broad vision of the natural and cultivated world. He was an astoundingly inventive painter and draughtsman, and, due to the continuity of the family trade and the industry that developed in prints after his works, his impact was widespread and long lasting.
Chistro Del Bramante (near Piazza Navonna)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; through June 3

Canova – Il segno della Gloria 
This exhibition explores early signs of genius in drawings that might have presaged the masterful artworks that followed later in the career of the extraordinary 18th century sculptor, Antonio Canova. Called "the supreme minister of beauty" and "a unique and truly divine man" by contemporaries, Antonio Canova was considered the greatest sculptor of his time. Despite his lasting reputation as a champion of Neoclassicism, Canova's earliest works displayed a late Baroque or Rococo sensibility that was appealing to his first patrons, nobility from his native Venice. During his first and second visits to Rome in 1779 and 1781, Canova reached a pivotal point in his artistic development. He studied antiquities, visited the grand studios of restorers Bartolomeo Cavaceppi and Francesco Antonio Franzoni, and came under the influence of the English Neo-classicist, Gavin Hamilton. Canova was a prolific draughtsman and sculptor, and he seduced the whole of Europe with his mythological compositions in which the purity of contours was used to portray a discrete eroticism. In the area of portraiture, he was the absolute champion of idealization, displaying a sensibility to  both naturalism and the early Renaissance, opening the way to two dominant trends at the beginning of the 19th century: skilled realism and historical subject matter. His work marked a return to classical refinement after the theatrical excesses of Baroque sculpture. This exhibition focuses on his skill as a draughtsman — very much linked to his achievement as a great sculptor, a selection of 79 drawings from the archives of 1800 works, the largest known collection of  drawings by any artist, which were donated to the Museum of Bassano in the mid 19th century by his half-brother and heir, Giambattista Sartori Canova. The drawings are accompanied by fifteen etchings, six original plaster models, four works in tempera, an oil painting, pottery and two marble sculptures which lend critical analysis to the transition from the conceptual phase to the realization of the work, offering a historical context of Europe between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and clarifying the role of Canova as the first artist of modernity.
Museo Di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza di San Pantaleo 10 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm;  through April 13


L’Eta dell’equilibrio. Traiano, Adriano, Antonino Pio, Marco Aurelio

Hundreds of archaeological finds from Italy’s national museums and from the permanent collections of other international archaeological museums, the exhibit is the third important event of Days of Rome, a five-year project dedicated to the Eternal City’s history from the Republic through Late Antiquity. The show is organized as an exploration of the artistic production of the “golden age” of Roman art, which coincided with the reigns of Trajan (98-117 AD) and Hadrian (117-138 AD), as told through the lives of emperors who were chosen by virtue of their personal qualities rather than by right of birth.
Capitoline Museum (Palazzo dei Conservatori) Piazza Campidoglio 1
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 8 pm; through May 5


MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo , Via Guido Reni 4A (Flaminio) 

Fiona Tan - Inventory
The world premiere of the latest installation by the British video and media artist Fiona Tan. “Inventory” was born out of interest in the private home and museum of architect Sir John Soane, an enthusiastic collector who, more than 200 years ago, created a private monument within the confines of his own residence, embodying his passion for Rome and featuring classical sculptures, fragments and details. Accompanying the projection of “Inventory” are three earlier video works by the artist – Correction, Disorient and Cloud Island – along with a series of engravings selected from Piranesi’s series Le Carceri dInvenzione (Imaginary Prisons), the source of inspiration for Correction and a work that establishes a fascinating dialogue with the architecture of Zaha Hadid. Tan views Rome as a "city rich in history, inhabited by archaeological remains and architectural ruins. The ideal place for investigating the relationship between objects and memory”.
Through September 8

TAV. Bologna-Milano. Photography Research Territory
Work on the high-speed rail service link between Bologna and Milan is documented and described by 10 internationally known photographers from diverse generations. The exhibition investigates the construction of the high speed rail link conducted between 2003 and 2009 and documented by Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea. The images also explore the innumerable micro-territorial consequences and the social impact of the rail line. In particular, between 2003 and 2006, the sites between Parma and Bologna were surveyed, along with some of the principal structures along the route, including the “cable-stayed” bridge over the River Po, the Fontanellato tunnel, The “Modena” viaduct and the tunnels of the urban route in Bologna. Works by John Gossage, Dominque Auerbacher, William Guerrrieri Walter Niedermayr, Guido Guidi, Bas Pricen, Vittore Fossati Cesare Ballardini, Marcello Galvini and Tim Davis are shown. Through April 21

Alighiero Boetti a Roma
Boetti (1940–1994) was one of the most influential Italian artists of the twentieth century, a key exponent of the Arte Povera Movement. In the late 1960s, this group of young Italian artists introduced radical new ways to use simple materials. Boetti used industrial materials associated with Turin’s booming economy and later made works using postage stamps, Bic pens, and magazine covers. He was considered a conceptual artist, a definition he clearly rejected. Between 1971 and 1979 he set up a hotel in Kabul as an art project and created large colorrful embroideries. The most famous of these were the Mappa, world maps in which each country features the design of its national flag. This exhibition reflects on the artist's' intolerance to definitions and the city that, for him, became both a springboard to the unknown and the inspiration for a new creative direction. Thirty works, many seen publicly for the first time, others, rarely exhibited, offer a unique portrayal of an artist in search of an identity who discovers the fascination of distant worlds. The exhibition also examines the bond the artist had with Rome and the influence of its artistic community.
through October 6

Projections: Installations from the Collections

Works by artists who favor mixing media that include electricity, mechanics, technology, moving images and sound to create works of art. The museum’s three terraced gallery spaces host installations from the collection by Mario Airò, Haluk Akakçe, Francis Alÿs, Massimo Bartolini, Lara Favaretto, Tony Oursler, Thomas Saraceno. Work by Akakçe work is shown here.
Through May 5

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 0704000

Vasco Bendini 1966 – 1967
Bendini is considered one of the foremost pioneers of Italian Informale, an artistic style that developed throughout Europe, between 1950 and 1960, varying from country to country. Overall, the name refers to a rejection of or disagreement with form. In celebration of his 91st birthday, Bendini returns to Rome with an exhibition of works realized from 1965 to 1967, a crucial period for Italian art and the artistic direction the artist himself chose. The exhibition is part of the museum's Omaggio, an exposition cycle dedicated to protagonists whose work formed the roots of contemporary art in Italy.
through May 5


Foto di Gruppo La galleria Pieroni, Zerynthia, RAM: 1970-2013
Since 1970, the activity of Mario Pieroni and Dora Stiefeimeier at the RAM (radioartmobile) gallery has been a point of reference for italian and international artists. A selection of works by 50 artists and archival documents, available publicly for the first time provides an overview of their activity.
through May 5

Ritratto di una città. Arte a Roma 1960 – 2001
 (Portrait of a City)
Part of a program funded by Enel devoted to contemporary art collections, the show offers a historical provenance of the dominating artistic trends from the early 1960s to the present. The works on display are mostly on loan from corporate collections whose headquarters are located here in Rome.
through May 26


Alessio Deli - Re-cycle
Deli emerges on the Italian scene with a series of impressive life-size figurative sculptures made by assembling and modelling recycled materials. The exhibition showcases a selection of works from 2009 to present: sculptures, paintings, preparatory studies, and drawings dedicated to the seagull, a subject of particular interest to the artist. In today's ecological disorder, the birds are forced to feed on garbage, and so Deli represents them through the reuse and composition of items found in landfills. The seagull, a victim of today's environmental problems, becomes the symbol of a new ecological art. Although his style has deep roots in the classical tradition, his desire to revive abandoned materials gives Deli's work a relevant post-modern feeling.
His works are displayed such in prestigious spaces as the Basilica of St. Maria in Aracoeli in Rome and the MACS of Catania, as well as private collections.
RVB Arts, Via Delle Zoccolette 28 (Via Giulia )
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm; April 18 through May 14 tel 335 163 3518

Francesco Zizola photoFrancesco Zizola - Black & White, 1998
Six black and white images support Francesco Zizola's ongoing exhibition at Museo di Roma of recent color photographs. Zizola is a seven-time winner of the World Press Award. Born in Rome in  1962, he has photographed some of the world’s major conflicts and hidden crises. His book, “Born Somewhere” is the result of a 13-year project, covering the plight of children in 28 different countries. He has published five books, including "Iraq" published by Amnesty International in 2007, "Iraq II," "Etats d'enfance" and "Born Somewhere" In 2006, the Italian film director Liliana Ginanneschi made a documentary about Zizola called Occhio Sensibile (Sensitive Eye). In 2007, he opened 10b Photography, a Rome-based multipurpose center for professional photography, featuring a gallery and a digital laboratory. He is a member and co-founder of NOOR picture agency and foundation.
ILEX Via In Piscinula 21 (Trastevere)
Tuesday - Friday, 3-7 pm and Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm; through May 25 Tel 333 3047434

Roses & Gardens. Ancient Symbols
A selection of paintings by four Scandinavian artists celebrating roses and gardens. Swedish artist Kristina Assarsson, Lis Engel from Denmark, Carolina Pipping and Ingrid Solesvik from Norway contributed works.
Galleria Tondinelli Via Delle Quattro Fontane 128a (near Piazza della Repubblica)
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 12:30 pm and 4-7 pm; through May 3

Rob Sherwood - How Much Does The Earth Weigh?
In his second solo exhibition in Rome, the British artist continues his investigation into creative composition in the predefined structure of the grid. The title derives from a search engine query "How much does the earth weigh?" and the first phrase which was then offered. This, and the grid's association with digital imagery, suggest Sherwood's interest in artistic labor and its relationship to technology; particularly regarding creative choice when using structures or systems which can limit autonomy. In these new paintings, Sherwood varies the scale considerably, further emphasising movement. Small works in mixed-media, oil, spray paint, lacquers and varnishes on wooden panels appear to be studies relating to his larger paintings on canvas. Sherwood, who was born in Bristol, UK in 1984, lives and works in London. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and Italy.
Federica Schiavo Gallery Piazza Montevecchio 16 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7 pm; through May 11

Group Exhibition - Mostra Collettiva
Recent works by artists Marco Tamburro, Mario Sughi, Lorella Paleni, Antonio Tamburro, Vanni Saltarelli, Raffaello Ossola, Giorgio Celiberti, Friedrich Eigner, Irene Petrafesa, Manovella and Viola De La Croix
6 Senso Art Gallery, Via Dei Maroniti 13/15 (off Via del Tritone near the Trevi Fountain)
Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm; through May 5

Song of myself
Taking its title from Walt Whitman’s poem, the exhibition aims to emphasize the concept of repetition in the creative act.  This concept, defined by Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol as monomania is, artistically speaking, nothing more than an inordinate zeal and obsessive interest in a subject, a color, an idea. Paul Cézanne, for example, devoted a lifetime to the intimate depiction of the landscape overlooked by the Montagne Saint-Victoire, steadily and stubbornly seeking perfection, permanence, and personal satisfaction. Artists David Adamo, Sophie Bueno-Boutellier, Gianni Caravaggio, Jason Martin, Gianni Piacentino, Dan Shaw-Town look introspectively into regularity as it relates to the creative process.
Unosunove, Via Degli Specchi 20 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 3-7 pm; through May 11

Christine Thwaites - Looking back
Recent paintings by the English artist, who often draws inspiration from old photographs found in family albums. Her work reveals her interest in people and identity and the way in which society defines who we are. She sees it as work that awards equal recognition to the forgotten and irrelevant as well as to important members of society. Thwaites spent several years in Rome before moving to Australia where she now lives and works. The show is curated by Michele Von Buren.
RVB Arts,  Via Delle Zoccolette 28 (near Piazza Farnese)
Tuesday - Saturday, 6-10 pm; through April 13 

Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo - Habitat
Scifo presents a new series of works in graphite on paper aimed at providing global insight into the existence of the individual and the species in our common environment.
Z20 Galleria, Via Della Vetrina (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 7:30 pm; through May 11


Howard HodgkinHoward Hodgkin - New paintings
In exploring the very nature of painting both as cultured language and sheer expression, Hodgkin disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame. Assertive compressed gestures, sweeping complex textures, a lush palette, and the dynamic interchange of light and dark are all traits of his distinctive signature. With their maximalist gestures and saturated colors, his more intimately scaled paintings appear jewel-like, while larger works are opulent and theatrical. With incorporated frames and painted wooden supports, they operate as both objects and images. Hodgkin states, “I don't think you can lightly paint a picture. It's an activity I take very seriously.”
Howard Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1982 and the following year he won the Turner Prize. He has exhibited internationally for over four decades and his work is included in major public and private collections all over the world. Major museum surveys include Paintings 1975-1995, organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, pened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and toured to Fort Worth, Düsseldorf, and London; a major retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006) traveled to Tate Britain (in a considerably expanded version) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and a survey of paintings of the last decade at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (2007), traveled to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. This his first exhibition in Rome since 1992.
Gagosian Gallery Via Francesco Crespi 16 (between Piazza Barberini and Piazza di Spagna}
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 7pm; through May 4  tel 06 4208 6498

Antoni Tapies RomeAntoni Tapies
When the Spanish Surrealist-abstract painter and sculptor died a year ago at age 88, he was eulogized around the world. A magnanimous figure of the past who managed to produce into the new century was gone. Readers learned more of his innovative painting style than they had during his lifetime and his role in contemporary Spanish art. We also learned how his work weaved Eastern thought into a Western artistic tradition. The New York Times focused on how the inhumane elements in society disturbed the artist, 'Using a wide variety of materials, on canvases and boards that often suggested walls, doors, windows or gates, he grounded his work in the brute reality of the Spanish street and in the turbulent political dramas of his youth in Catalonia, including the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan nationalist movement. “The dramatic sufferings of adults and all the cruel fantasies of those of my own age, who seemed abandoned to their own impulses in the midst of so many catastrophes, appeared to inscribe themselves on the walls around me,” he told Michel Tapei', the French dealer and art critic.
The paintings of Antonin Tapies are not often the subject of exhibitions in Italy. A selection of his works executed between 1960 and 2006 is featured in this exhibition. In the 1960s his influence in the United States and Europe diminished with the rise iof Pop Art, but from the 1990s until his death, he returned to incorporating elements from earlier periods of his work. Tapies begun as a Surrealist. As early as 1948, there was evidence of graffiti style to his work. He chafed when characterized as an Abstract artist. This exhibition features, paper and cardboard in ink and pencil and drawings in acrylic and collage in tempera.
GalleriaJa Via della Lupa 24 (Piazza Augusto Imperatore)
Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and 3-8:30 pm through May 25

Simon d 'Exéa - Concrete

Recent photographic works demonstrate the interplay between void and non-void space to focus on architectural details, geometric planes, intriguing patterns, arresting light and subdued shadow inspired by modern architecture and the works of contemporary masters such as Zahha Hadid, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pier Luigi Nervi, Renzo Plan), as well as lesser-known architects and buildings in Rome, Paris and New York.
Doozo Art, Via Palermo, 51/53 (Monti)
Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 10 pm; Saturday, 11 am- 4 pm; through May 12

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