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Friday, April 12 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

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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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Canaletto 1697-1768
A retrospective commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, offers a sweeping overview of one of the most iconic eighteenth-century Venetian painters. It is said that Canaletto revolutionized the genre of view painting, which had been considered secondary, elevating the genre, which was emblematic of the scientific and artistic ideals of the Age of Enlightenment.
This exhibition encompasses the various iterations of the artist’s career. Divided into eight sections, it begins with Canaletto’s early craftsmanship as a scenographer, followed by his dalliance with archeological capriciousness inspired by ancient Roman ruins, then segues to his years as a celebrated painter, his rapport with collaborators, his atelier and his views of Rome and England.
Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza San Pantaleo 10 (Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; through August 19

Turner – Opere dalla Tate
An exhibition featuring unique and exclusive paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner, one of the most formidable artists of the eighteenth century and a giant in the history of modern art. Many of the works on display from the Tate Britain come from the artist’s personal studio and were created, according to art critic John Ruskin for the sheer pleasure of painting. They depict an aesthetic that preserves memories of travel, emotions and fragments of landscapes viewed during his sojourns abroad. His work is also known for its embodiment of the mysterious force of nature. More than ninety works of art include sketches, studies, watercolors, drawings and a selection of oils seen for the first time in Italy. Turner influenced generations of artists, such as Monet, Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, Franz Marc Mark Rothko and James Turrell.
Chiostro Del Bramante, Arco Della Pace 5 (near Piazza Navona)
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm; through August 26

Hiroshige. Visioni dal Giappone
A selection of circa 200 artworks on loan from prestigious collections in Italy, Japan and the United States. Utagawa Hiroshige was one of the most celebrated artists of the Floating World (ukiyo-e), a Master capable of making both landscape and nature central themes of his work, transforming them into protagonists in their own right. He is celebrated for the aesthetic that distinguishes his work, often described as photographic, responding to his ability to instill dynamism in the deft manner with which he alternates solids and voids. On discovering of his work, Impressionist painters were influenced by the great Japanese master’s style. Van Gogh copied the famous Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi bridge and Atake, both created by Hiroshige.
Scuderie Del Quirinale Via XXIV Maggio 16 (Quirinale)
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm;
through July 29

Magnum Manifesto.
Guardare il mondo e raccontarlo in fotografia

An exhibition celebrating 70 years of photo reportage and historical documentation from Magnum, one of the largest and most prestigious photojournalism agencies in the world.
A selection of works from the agency’s archives provides an in-depth look at its history and offers insight as to how and why Magnum became different and legendary. From the report on immigrant workers in the USA shot by Eve Arnold in the fifties, to the intimate and sensitive portraits of "family" by Elliott Erwitt, the famous images of gypsies by 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 Arlington cemetery, portraying in its crossing, an America wrapped in pain. Also shown are the most recent series of new Magnum photographers, from "Spain Occulta" by Cristina Garcia Rodero, to anthropological observations, in the form of photographs by Martin Parr; from the crude topicality of South America documented by Jérôme Sessini, to the Mediterranean Sea, dark and uncertain in the migrants' nights, photographed by Paolo Pellegrin
Museo Dell’Ara Pacis Lungatevere in Augusta
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through June 3

Tatiana Trouvé / Katharina Grosse –
Le numerose irregolarità
The exhibition of works by Tatiana Trouvè (pictured here) and Katharina Grosse proposes a common reflection on the history of the Villa Medici through a multi-purpose approach that solicits sculpture, painting and installation. The works by the two artists are radically different yet complementary, and reveal the shared desire to reject the existing traditional frontiers between the various modes of expression.  Trouvé and Grosse are both fascinated by the unstable relationship between internal and external space, between the past and the present of Villa Medici.
Villa Medici – Accademia di Francia Viale Trinità dei Monti 1 (top of the Spanish Steps)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through April 29

Japanese Design Today

Dating from the 1950’s forward, a selection of 100 pieces the aesthetic, economic and social trends of Japan, from the iconic Kikkoman soy sauce bottle to the Nikon F, to automobiles and airplanes. The exhibition is divided into ten sections and covers every aspect of design that characterized Japanese life for more than half a century.
Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Via Antonio Gramsci 74 (Parioli)
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12:30 pm; 1-6:30 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am – 1 pm; through May 18


Via Nazionale 194 (Between Piazza Repubblica and Piazza Venezia)
Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 10:30 pm;

Cesare Tacchi – Una retrospectiva
Lesss than three-years since his death, a retrospective exhibition pays tribute to Cesare Tacchi (1940-2014). The focus of the exhibition becomes an exercise in attention, study and analysis of an artist's story that for more than half a century was shaped by surrounding intellectual tensions.
Portrayed by critics in 1959 as "a solitary, taciturn and disciplined young man," Tacchi, nonetheless, was a leading exponent among several important groups of artists and artistic movements. Over one hundred works displayed in chronological order reconstruct the entirety of his artistic career.
through May 6

HUMAN+. Il futuro della nostra specie
This exhibition explores the potential future trajectories of humankind by considering both historical and emerging technologies. The plus symbol in Human+ implies a positive direction for the future of our species while questioning our direction. Our definition of success needs to be recalibrated. This exhibition travels from the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland.
through July 1


Via Di San Pietra in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, Friday, Saturday 9:30 am – 10:00 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 8:30 through July 1

Claude Monet was a key exponent who large extent became the most iconic figure in the Impressionist movement. His paintings are firmly characterized by their depiction of landscape and leisure activities in Paris and its environs as well as the Normandy coast where he was grew up. He was introduced to plein-air painting by Eugéne Bourdin, transforming it into a lifelong ritual. Monet's artworks captured the prevailing themes of plein-air, natural scenes and the many varied atmospheric elements of nature. He succeeded in transforming colors into pure energy, dissolving the rational unit of nature into an indistinct, ephemeral, flawless flow with no confining borders. Monet may well have given freedom to the concept of painting. The exhibition features sixty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet of Paris. They are the same works the artist kept at his home in Giverny which were donated to the museum by his son Michel.
through June 3

Terry O’Neill – Icons

An homage to photographer Terry O’Neil, who has captured seminal moments in the lives of world famous personalities for the past 50 years. O’Neill’s body of work offers testimony to how the cult of celebrity, a leitmotiv of the 1960s and '70s, has influenced artists,. A section is dedicated to David Bowie, one of the most versatile international celebrities. (Shown here, portrait of Amy Winehouse)
through May 20



Liu Bolin
A performance by Chinese artist Liu Bolin, better known as the Invisible Man. Boliin achieved international fame, using camouflage a as a distinctive characteristic of his performance art. Remaining motionless as a living sculpture, Bolin’s intricate body-paint allows him to integrate his body with the background.
Sala Brasini, thru July 1


Piazza Sant’Egidio 1/b (Trastevere)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm

Gianluig Mattia – Ateliers…in Punta d’Argento (Mattia_ 1050 jpg..)
A series of graphic works by Gianluigi Mattia propose historical photographic images of ateliers of famous international artists of the last 150 years, such as Bonnard, Bacon, Segal, Morandi, Rodin, Giacometti, Toulouse Lautrec and others. Mattia combines the use of photography and graphic art to enhance the artistic techniques of the past and present.
through April 15


Egizi Etruschi. Da Eugene Berman allo Scarabeo dorato
Underlining the commercial and cultural exchange that transpired between the 8th, and 3rd century B.C., this exhibition draws parallels between Egyptian and the Etruscan civilizations, evidenced by the uncovering of ruins during recent excavations at Vulci, one of the most important southern Etruscan settlements. The documentation reveals a profound cultural dialogue between the two civilizations that shared the ideal of regality, symbols of power and religious practices. The show celebrates twenty years since the opening of a dynamic exhibition space that merges art with industry.
Museo Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106
Tuesday – Sunda,y 9 am – 7 pm; through June 30

Elogio della carta. Filieri, Montani, Sonego.
Nuove acquisizioni per il Museo H. C. Andersen

A group show featuring works on canvas, paper and mural paintings by three artists whose works are the museum's most recent acquisitions.
Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Via Pasquale Stranislao Mancini 20
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through May 6


Il Tesoro di Antichità. Winckelmann e il Museo Capitolino nella Roma del Settecento
Commemorating the birth and death of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), the founder of modern archeology. This year marks 300 years since his birth and 2018 will mark 250 years since his death, both dates fit into the context of the European events coordinated by the Winckelmann Gesellschaft of Stendal, The Germanic Archaeological Institute of Rome and the Vatican Museums. The show features a selection of 124 works and multimedia devices designed expressly for this occasion.
Museo Capitolini,  Piazza Del Campidoglio 1
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through April 22


Traiano. Costruire l’Impero, creare l’Europa
Celebrating 1900 years since the death of Roman Emperor Trajan, the exhibition highlights key moments of his life while also focusing on his achievements as the 360° builder. Trajan left behind some of the most illustrious monuments, ones that have been essential to the characterization of Rome and its infrastructure and architectural works. He is also known for social reform, welfare programs, and economic incentives
The exhibition dislplays artefacts from archaeological sites, and the Capitoline Museum, a selection of Trajan coins, statues, and addresses the role of the Imperial woman.
Mercati Di Traiano,  Via IV Novembre 94  (Via Nazionale) 
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through September 16


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

The Independent. MoRE Museum of Refused and Unrealised Art Projects
Created by the MoRE group, a digital museum that collects, preserves and exhibits online unrealized projects by 20th and 21st century artists. This exhibition showcases the museum’s archives through a collection of images.
Through July 8

When Sound Becomes Form

The history of Italian sonic art is examined through a selection of photographs, films, videos, historic posters, original LP’s and audio contributions. The sonic experimentation led by Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna in the 1960s was inspired by Fluxus, John Cage and Gruppo Gitai from the sonic poems of Maurizio Nannucci and the audio visual environments of Ugo La Pietra and Gruppo T.
Through October 28


Disegno Ergo Projetto. Ideas and Shapes Around Architecture
A selection of works from the museum’s architectural collection proposes a look at architectural drawings as a mental and spatial process before actually becoming architectonic.
Through May 6


Miltos Manetas. Internet Painting

Through his work, Manetas analyses the relationship between computers, video games, and people by exploring the representation and aesthetics of the information society.
Through May 20


The 55 Days of Aldo Moro

The fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Aldo Moro is commemorated with artistic works of three artists: Francesco Arena, Rossella Biscotti and Flavio Favelli whose work is shown here. The show is accompanied by a series of events that examine the kidnapping and imprisonment of the Italian statesman.
Through May 9

Home Beirut Soundings: The Neighbors

In the current edition of a series of exhibitions focused on interactions across the Mediterranean, 36 artists from diverse disciplines (architecture, film, music, dance, research, and activism) contribute 100 works to a show which seeks to identify the important trends in the creative exploration of contemporary reality, incarnate in the city of Beirut.
through May 20











Jennifer Allora / Guillermo Calzadilla – Blackout
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present a body of recent works focusing on the issue of energy. Working in the Gallery 5 space, the duo expand the exhibition layout and the works themselves in close proximity with the public, creating a somewhat performative setting.
through May 30



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 07040

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

An audiovisual journey designed by Storm Thorgerson and developed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell of Hipgnosis, who worked closely with Nick Mason (the consultant on behalf of Pink Floyd), this exhibition covers 50 years of one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and offers an unprecedented vision of the world of Pink Floyd. The show comprises more than 350 objects, never seen before, representing the different moments of the group's history, starting from the gigantic reconstruction of the Bedford van that they used for tours in the mid-sixties. Frst shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it was the most visited exhibition of its kind.
through July 1

Rui Chafes – Rumor 
A site-specific installation created by the Portuguese artist Rui Chafes (Lisbon, 1966). The large iron sculpture was donated by the artist to MACRO as a permanent installation. Rumor’s sculpture consists of two vertical elements measuring circa five meters tall was placed in the cavity of the elevator shaft, taking full advantage of the vertical geometry, the body of concrete surfaces and the natural light beamed onto the space. Chafes is foremost among Portugese artists working today. He has exhibited in major European, Asian and South American museums and art institutions.


Luana Perilli - Leopold - o

Perilli's most recent project comprises video installation and projection evolved from the application of an artistic language individual to the artist. The installations are part of a research project created during the artist's residency in Berlin in 2015.
Auditorium Parco della Musica Viale Pietro de Coubertin 34
Monday – Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm; through April 27

Graeme Todd – Street Hemit
The latest works by Scottish-born artist Graeme Todd, a selection of small paintings on wood, created during the period of his residency in Montluco near Spoleto. Todd is an art curator and artist. His work focuses on painting’s relationship with drawing and employs a multilayered approach to landscape using an additive process to build on images of landscapes that are layered, contested and culturally dense.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo Via Del Gesù 62 (near the Pantheon)
Monday – Friday 12-7 pm; through April 30

Daniel Jouseff – Flags

A selection of 25 works portray themes of identity, origin and cultural belonging. The works on the lower gallery level raccount the border crossings, while the installation of a site-specific project is on the upper gallery level.
Mucciaccia Contemporary Piazza Borghese 1a (Piazza n’Lucina)
Tuesday – Saturday , 10:30 am – 7 pm; through May 5



Shio Kusaka
Japanese artist Shio Kusaka showing for the first time in Rome. While Kusaka’s exhibitions typically feature a combination of abstraction and representation, this is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on her abstract work. The ceramics, variations on the form of the vase, are drawn and etched with continuous geodesic lines—a process that is simultaneously systematic and intuitive. Minimalist repetitions stretch across the round volumes, echoing the grids of Agnes Martin, or the instruction-based wall drawings of Sol LeWitt, which also embrace the irregularities of the hand-drawn line, creating sinuous, oscillating terrains.
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16 (Via Sistina – Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through May 26



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

Sala 1
Founded in 1970 by sculptor Tito Amodei, Sala 1 hosts exhibitions featuring contemporary works of art by Italian and international artists working across a broad spectrum of artistic styles and art trends.

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