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Holiday Edition 2014 - 2015

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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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Mario Dondero

A retrospective dedicated to Mario Dondero (Milan, 1928-) traces the history of over four decades of a photojournalist’s documentation of places and personalities of the last century though a selection of 250 photographs. During the 1950s Dondero was part of the group that frequented the well-known Bar in Milan. before moving to Paris where he remained until 1999.
Terme di Diocleziano (Sala Grande), Viale Enrico De Nicola 79 (Piazza della Repubblica)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:45 pm; through March 22



Rivoluzione Augusto.
L’Imperatore che riscrisse il tempo e la città

(Augustine revolution: The emporer who rewrote an era and a city)
A multimedia installation focused on writings, biographical material, and various art forms – frescoes and sculpture depicting the emperor and his family summarizes a year-long series of exhibitions celebrating the bi-millennium of the Augustean era while highlighting social reforms and laws enacted byAugustus during his reign as Rome’s first emperor.
Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Massimo, Largo di villa Peretti 1 (Piazza della Repubblica – Stazione Termini)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:45 pm; through June 2


Liberatore – Sculpture in dialogo ambientale con I Mercati di Traino

(Liberatore - sculpture in dialogue with the ambience of Trajan's Market)
A selection of recent sculpture in large dimension by contemporary artist Bruno Libertore features abstract compositions in dialogue with material, architecture, the surrounding environment. His work evokes associations with nature, not imagined as the background of an event but as the same substance as the sculpture in its abstract organic form.
Mercati Di Traiano, Via IV Novembre 94 (Trajan’s Market)
Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 9 pm; through April 12



Beverly Pepper all’Ara Pacis
American Beverly Pepper presents her first major sculpture exhibition in Rome. Pepper has devoted the major part of her artistic career to creating sculpture for public spaces. Her works have become a hallmark in cities in the U.S., Europe and Lithuania. This exhibition will focus on the site-specific installation of four monumental pieces made from Corten steel and measuring four to five feet in height. They represent prospective, volume, depth and light, blending past architectural styles with present contemporary sculpture. Other works in iron and stone will be showcased inside the museum.
Beverly Pepper (New York, 1922) is known for her monumental urban sculpture and works collected in major museums globally. She has remained independent of any particular art movement.
Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; thorugh March 15

Il Principe dei Sogni.
Giuseppe negli negli arazzi di Pontormo e Bronzino

Twenty enormous tapestries woven under the fine technical guidance of Flemish specialists who came to Florence in the 16th century. Working from the drawings of Jacapo Pontormo and Agnolo Bronzino, they created a commission for Cosimo I de Medici that tells the story of Giuseppe the Jew, who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Cosimo saw in Giuseppe many sides of his own character and political history. The magnificent tapestries covered the entire Salon Ducento in Palazzo Vecchio until the advent of the unification of Italy some 150 years ago when they were divided between Rome and Florence.
Palazzo del Quirinale, Piazza del Quirinale
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm and 3:30-6:30 pm,
Sunday 8:30 am – 12 pm through January 25


Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection. L'Arte dell'Umanità
A collector's initiative to promote the artists of Africa, more than 2000 works from the collection of Luciano Benetton, including portraits depicting historical roots and the impact of globalization on local culture. The works ,measuring 10 x 12 centimeters are selected from the portfolios of artists from 16 countries: Egypt Eritrea, Ethiopa, Gambia, Kenya, Marocco, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzinia, Tunis, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.
Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Vill Borghese, Viale Fiorello La Guardia 
(Borghese Gardens)
Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 7 pm;
through January 11

American Chronicles: the Art of Norman Rockwell
A retrospective brings the artist's iconic works to Italy for the first time. Over 100 paintings, documents and photographs are on view as well as the complete collection of 323 original magazine covers illustrated by the artist from 1916 to 1963 for the Saturday Evening Post. Norman Perceval Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator whose works enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States and abroad for their reflection on American culture. Though Rockwell was prolific, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime, he was not regarded as a serious artist. Critics proclaimed his sentimentalized portrayals of American life too idealistic. That perception changed when he began painting subjects with a strong social-political commentary, capturing with his brush a more poignant reality of racism and class divide. Many of his works are in public collections and museums throughout the United States.
Museo Fondazione Roma - Palazzo Sciarra Colonna,
Via Marco Minghetti 22 (Via del Corso)
Monday - Friday 9 am - 6 pm and Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm;
through February 8 Reservations: tel 06 227 61260

La Collezione Gemito
Graphic works and romantic-naturalistic style of the clay sculptures by Neapolitan artist, Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929). Many of the pieces selected for this exhibition are seen publicly for the first time
Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale,Via Francesco Crispi 24
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6:30 pm; through March
Also at this museum:

Artisti dell’Ottocento: temi e riscoperte

A selection of paintings from the museum’s permanent collection portray the various artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ranging from Symbolism to Art Nouveau-Liberty, Divisionism and Magic Realism. Works by Aristide Sartorio and Nino Costa, Onorato Carlandia, Adolfo De Carolis, Duilio Cambellotti, Felice Carena, Mario Sironi, Antonio Donghi and artworks of the Roman School.
Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale Via Francesco Crispi 24 Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6:30 pm; through June 14

Secessione e Avanguardia. 1905-1915 L'Arte in Italia prima della Grande Guerra

Focuses on artistic styles and movements in Italy prior to WWI, a period usually defined by political and social disputes and one in which artists and critics questioned concepts of modernity and avant-garde.
The exhibition’s main feature is the recently restored frieze of fifteen panels by Edoardo Gioia, “L’Italia vittoriosa con la Forza e con l’Intelligenza” (1911). The painting shown here is by Umberto Boccioni, a leading exponent of the Futurist Movement.
GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna,  Viale delle Belle Arti 131 (Parioli)
Tuesday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; through February 15

Also at this museum:

Michele Zaza – Il confine del mio corpo è il confine del mio mondo
Recent works in painting and photography by multi-media artist Michele Zaza.
through February 15


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The 49th edition of Wildlife Photographer of the Year presents 100 spectacular photographs shot in 96 in countries that capture nature and wildlife.
Museo Civico Di Zoologia Via Ulisse Aldrovarndi 18 (Villa Borghese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through January



La roma di Ettore Roesler Franz.
Tra fascino per il pittoresco e memoria fotografie

Celebrating100 years since the death of Ettore Roesler Franz (Rome, 1845-1907), features 48 vintage photogaphs and a selection of 79 of the 120 water-colors realized by Roesler-Franz between 1876 and 1895. His work has long been celebrated for its historical significance, documenting just ahead of the demolition crews that reconstructed areas of the city and walled the banks of the Tiber. Fifteen artworks depict aqueducts of Rome and the Tiburtino. The exhibition is curated by Museum Director, Dott.ssa Silvana Bonfili.
Museo di Roma in Trastevere Piazza Di Sant’Egidio 1b
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm; through June 28

Franco Fontana – Full Color
The first major retrospective in Rome of Italian photographer Franco Fontana (Modena, 1933 -). A selection of more than 100 vibrant color photographs, characterizes Fontana’s body of work. Known as the inventor of the concept of line, Fontana’s photographs have been used as album cover art for records produced by the ECM jazz label and in scores of advertising campaigns.
Since his first show in 1963, Fontana has participated in more than 400 group and solo exhibitions. His work is collected privately and is held in approximately 60 museum collections worldwide.
Palazzo Incontro, Via Dei Prefetti 22
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm; through January 11

Una storie italiana. Le ceramiche Roma – designer Ambrogio Pozzi 1931-2012

Pozzi  designed Rometti ceramics, which combine technical knowledge with the heritage of pottery-making. A selection of 17 ceramic pieces from the Rometti Collection are on view.
Casino Delle Civette – Villa Torlonia Via Nomentana
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through January 4

Sergio Ceccotti – La vita enigmistica
Some 80 works executed from 1958 through 2012 lend a sweeping overview of the two artistic styles that dominated Sergio Ceccotti’s paintings: the neo-cubist style begun in the late 1950s, and works from later decades, identified stylistically as realismo ceccottiano.
Casino Dei Principi – Villa Torlonia Via Nometana 70
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am -7 pm; through January 11

Luigi Rossini (1790 -1857) incisore. Il viaggio segreto

An exhibition dedicated to the series of Roman engravings of Luigi Rossini (Ravenna 1790 - Rome 1857), architect and engraver. After Giuseppe Vasi and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rossini is considered the last great illustrator of the wonders of Rome. Along with selections from the Institute’s permanent collection, the exhibition hosts watercolors, drawings,  preparatory sketches and prints loaned from the private collections of Rossini heirs.
Istituto Nazionale Per La Grafica – Calcografia Via Della Stamperia 6 (Fontana di Trevi)
Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; through January 11



Prima di tutto Italiani. Gli Ebrei Romani e la Grande Guerra
In celebration of the centennial of WWI, a selection of photographs, letters, post-cards, prayer books printed explicitly for soldiers being de to war - medals and awards honouring their service recount the stories of Italian soldiers of Jewish faith who wore their country’s uniform and fought to defend the homeland. When they returnd from the front, newly implemented racial laws soon declassified their citizenship and many were later deported to Nazi extermination camps.
Museo Ebraica – Tempio Maggiore, Lungotevere de’Cenci (Jewish Ghetto)
Sunday – Thursday – 10 am – 4:15 pm; through January 16

Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo

A monographic never before realized in Italy highlights the sublime quality of one of the foremost protagonists of the Flemish Renaissance.  In the second half of the 15th century, following the death of Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling became the most important painter in Bruges. The exhibition examines every aspect of Memling's work, from monumental altar pieces to small portable triptychs as well as the famous portraits, a genre in which he perfected the style that sets the sitter against a landscape backdrop - a style which was to have a major influence on numerous early 16th century Italian artists.
Scuderie del Quirinale, Piazza del Quirnale Via XXIV Maggio 16 (Quirinale) Monday – Thursday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 am – 10:30 pm;  through January 1



I Bassifond del Borocco. La Roma del vizio e della miseria

A selection of more than 50 works executed during the first half of the 17th century by artists from across Europe -Claude Lorrain, Valentin de Boulogne, Jan Miel, Sébastien Bourdon, Leonaert Bramer, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Jusepe de Ribera and Pieter van Laer - reveals a nearly unknown side of of Rome, infested with vice, misery and excesses of all kinds.
Accademia di Francia a Roma, Villa Medici, Viale Trinità dei Monti  
Tuesday -  Sunday, 11 am -7 pm; 7 through January 18

Mario Sironi 1885 – 1961

A major retrospective of the oeuvre of one of the greatest masters of 20th century Italian art. Through a selection of more than 90 works, the exhibition surveys Sironi's artistic career as painter and illustrator, graphic designer, architect, sculptor and decorator. Works selected trace the painting styles he developed, starting with the Symbolists at the time of Pointillism, the Futurist period to metaphysical, Italian mural painting  and works executed during the WWII. A selection of sketches, magazines and documents are also included in the show.
Complesso del Vittoriano (Sala Verdi), Via San Pietro in Carcere
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; through February 8



Da Guercino a Carvaggio, Sir Denis Mahon e l'arte italiana del XVII
Commemorating the 100th birthday of art historian, critic, collector and philanthropist, Sir Denis Mahon, known for his erudite al research on the Baroque period and writings of the Bolognese School of Painters -  Guercino, Domenichino, Guido Reni and others. The exhibition includes 45 paintings from his private collection, as well as works by Poussin, Carracci and Caravaggio from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
Palazzo Barberini , Via delle Quattro Fontane 13 (Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday - Sunday,  9:30 am - 7:30 pm; through February 8


Tiepolo: I colori del disegno

The Tiepolos. Giambattista, and his sons Giandomenico and Lorenzo were among the greatest draughtsmen, painters and printmakers of 18th century Venice. This exhibition, the first in Rome, includes an impressive number of large-format works in drawings, paintings and etchings, gathered from museums, foundations and private collections.
Musei Capitolini,  Piazza Del Campidoglio  
Tuesday - Sunday,  9 am - 8 pm; through January 18




 A major retrospective exhibition dedicated to Dutch artist MC Escher (1898-1972), the draftsman, engraver and printmaker famous for his lithographs. Escher’s three-dimensional, optical illusions and magnified images of earth, the cosmos and water, spill onto each other in an artistic language that illustrates the bond of seemingly irreconcilable universes in which surface, depth and reflection are placed on a single plane, merging with the sub-conscious world. The exhibition encompasses some 150 works including his most famous masterpieces: Hand with Reflecting Sphere, Day and Night, Other World Il and House of Stairs. Escher's works are much loved by scientists, logicians, mathematicians and physicists who appreciate his rational use of polyhedra and geometric distortions. 
Chiostro di Bramante, Arco della Pace (near Piazza Navona)
Monday – Friday, 10 am -8 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm; through February 22

Henri Cartier Bresson
A retrospective of the work of Henri Cartier Bresson (1907-2004), who was one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, features over 500 pieces including photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents. The exhibition, which covers his entire career, is the result of years of research carried out at the of Cartier-Bresson archives.
Henri Cartier-Bresson began his travels the age of 22, and continued throughtout his lifetime. Evident in his oeuvre is the wide range of places he visited, the historical events he witnessed and the artistic influences he rarely failed to identify. This exhibition aims to show the diversity of Cartier-Bresson’s photography, through the prism of his affinity with the Surrealist movement in the 1930s, the antiwar sentiments evidenced in his a documentary photography of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, his work as a photo-journalist in the 1950s and ‘60s, and the more intimate work he shot in the ‘70s.
Museo dell’Ara Pacis Lungotevere in Augusta (Ponte Cavour)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through January 25


Kaisu Koivisto  / Claudia Peill - Intersections
An installation and video projection by Finnish artist Kaisu Koivisto, and unique works in mixed media on canvas and photography by Italian artist Claudia Peill. The show evolves around intersections in the artistic styles, and media employed by the two artists, both of whom engage in a visual dialogue with Henrik Christian Andersen’s monumental sculpture works which are installed on the museum’s ground floor. Though Peill and Koivisto originate from different artistic and cultural experiences, their works often intertwine. Their work questions the value and meaning of utopia, megalo-mania and the idea of large illusion.
Museo H. C. Andersen  Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 20 (Piazzale Flaminio)
Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm; through January 19

La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu 

Rare ancient manuscripts, fine silks, and objects found in the legendary tombs of Mawangdui reveal the archeological achievements of China in the 20th century. Mawangdui was the burial place of Li Cang, the first Marquis of Dai, Xin Zhui his wife and one of their children. The works on display represent the private world of an aristocratic family of the time, offering a glimpse into daily life, while echoing the philosophical-religious traditions of Chinese civilization two thousand years ago during the Han period.
Museo Nazionale Palazzo Venezia, Via Plebiscito 118 (Piazza Venezia) 
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm;
through February 16

Castel Sant’Angelo e la Grande Guerra
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War, 1914-1918. This exhibition highlights the role of Castel Sant'Angelo both during the war years and isubsequently, as a place of commemoration as reflected in its collection of military memorabilia and custodian of military flags. The exhibition is divided into five sections: war technology, war tales, photojournalism, monuments to the fallen and war relics.
Castel Sant’Angelo,  Lungotevere Castello 50
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7:30 pm;   
through January 11



Via Di San Pantaleo (near Piazza Navona) 
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm

Fotografie di Roma dal 1986 al 2006 Donazioni e committenze

Eighty images collected from the portfolios of nine widely recognized Italian photographers. Dating from 1986 to 2006, these images offer a portrayal of Rome’s physical transformation over the past three decades. The exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on contemporary photography and its search for a new iconographical meaning in the city’s urban landscape. Gabriele Basillico, Roberto Bossaglia, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mario Cresci, Luigi Ghirrri, Guido Guidi, Robert Koch, Andrea Jemolo and Gianni Berengo Gardin whose photograph is shown here.
through March 8



Nino! – Omaggio a Nino Manfredi
Paying homage to one of the most beloved actors of Italian cinema, features a selection of photographs and film clips depicting significant moments in his private and artistic life.
through January 6

Destination Hope

A group exhibition featuring photographic works documenting health issues on a global scale from Africa to Asia, and from the Americas to Europe.  Images by Simone Cerlo, Alessandro Gandolfi, Sergio Ramazzotti funding as a funding source., Paulo Siqueira, and Bruno Zanzottera. The exhibition the first in Italy to announce crowd-funding as a source of finance.
through January 7


Via Nazionale 194 (near Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm

Food - Il Futuro Del Cibo
“Like air, like water, food is life. Food is connection. Food is celebration, sustenance. But above all, in the 21st century, food is a challenge worldwide. A challenge that will concern nine billion people by the year 2050.” National Geographic explores and analyzes all of the aspects of this great, and terrible, challenge with a series of articles and a major exhibition. The Future of Food displays more than 90 photographs shot throughout the world as well as a series of graphics and texts that shed light on the various problems associated with the future of food.
though March 1


Numeri – Tutto quello che conta da zero a infinito

An inter-active exhibition for all ages. Laboratories and activities designed for children and school groups.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni Via Nazionale 194 (near Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm; through May 31



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

Bellissima. L’Italia dell’alta moda 1945 – 1968

An exhibition chronicling twenty years of Italian fashion , recreates the atmosphere and styles of a period that made an extraordinary contribution to defining Italian identity on an international scale.
The show pays tribute to a galaxy of style-setter;: the Sorelle Fontana, the Fendi fanmily , Schubert, Germana Marucelli, Mila Schon, Sarli , Simonetta, Valentino ,Galitzine, and other creators of iconic styles, images and films.
through May 3


100% Original Design
A selection of 80 iconic pieces — chairs, lamps and everyday objects — that have marked the history of Italian and international design from 1950 to the present.
through January 4



Unedited History Iran 1960 – 2014
Two-hundred artworks selected from the portfolios of more than 20 artists whose works chronicle Iran from 1960 to the. present. Inclusive in the body of work are depictions of the Revolution of 1979 and the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s. These works aim to combine reality and ideology, politics and poetics, current affairs and memories.The image shown here by Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003), is from her Prostitute series (1975-77) .
through March 29

Architettura in Uniforme
The exhibition is dedicated to the architecture and planning research and production that took place during WWII. Presented by the CCA of Montreal with the aim of exploring aspects of 20th century architectural history.
through May 3




Lina Bo Bardi in Italia, Quello che volevo , era avere storia
(What I wanted was to have history.)
Celebrated as one of the most important architects in 20th century Brazilian architecture, Italian-born Lina Bo Bardi (Rome, 1914-1992) studied at the University of Rome but moved to Milan immediately after graduation, where she collaborated with renowned architect Gio Ponti, She later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. In 1946, she immigrated to Brazil where she became well known as an architect, a political activist, a designer of furniture and stage sets, an editor and writer and exhibition curated. Her style is considered that of a modernist for her use of plain forms, concrete and glass, but she also embraced the traditional cultures of her adopted country and added mud and straw to her palette. One of her most beautiful creations is a wooden stair using techniques adapted from the construction of ox carts.
through March 15

The Future is Now
From the collection of the MMCA, Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art, a project dedicated to the production of video art in Korea. The exhibition shows forty-works by thirty artists.
through May 3.


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

Fotografia – From Vera to Veruschka

In collaboration with the Fotografia, International Photography Festival, photographs of Gianni Moncada depicting the iconic German model Verushka, shown publicly for the first time.
through January 11


Cyril De Commarque - Frontiers
Since the start of his artistic career, the works of Cyril de Commarque works have been linked to Rome through its history, and culture. Curator Pier Paolo Pancotto investigates how the artist has navigated his oeuvre in response to the relationships that exist today between Rome and the foreign artists whom the city attracts.
through March 15




Red Swan Hotel
An experimental research project begun by three resident curators using material from the archives of FMRA (French Ephemeral) which holds an extensive collection of artist editions, publications, records and documentation. The exhibition focuses on the work of artists whose processes include issues such as a intellectual property rights, the uniqueness of the work , the open source factor of its dissemination and information. Their practice breaks the boundaries between the traditional categories; visual, sound, literary, shapes, objects, performance, and pictures to explore works that draw from poetic expressions incorporating literary, musical, cinematic and scientific aspects.
through March 15

Fotografia. Festival Internazionale di Roma: Portrait XIII

The thirteenth edition of Fotografia, Festival Internazionale di Roma, is dedicated to portraiture, understood not only as a genre that has accompanied the history of photography since it beginning, but the function of the portrait as an analytical tool in contemporary society. The theme will be addressed by reconstructing the historical path and its role in contemporary art, literature and film, emphasizing the interdisciplinary links between photographaphy and the fields of anthropology, philosophy, sociology and semiotics.
through January 11

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam - Harmonic Motion /Rete dei draghi

The 11th edition of Enel Contemporary installations features Japanese artist Horiuchi MacAdam's enormous handwoven textile sculpture, an interactive project conceived as a complex series of interwoven networks, weaving together art and play, tradition and modernity, color and movement.
through December 31


Vangi. Works 1994 – 2014
An exhibition of 30 small and large sculptures and 30 drawings.
Since receiving the Praemium Imperiale prize in 2002, Vangi has been considered the greatest figurative sculptor in contemporary Italian art. He works in range of materials from lime wood, to marble, bronze, and granite. Internationally famed architect, Mario Botta designed the exhibition space and Raffaele Simongini created the accompanying documentary film. Giuliano Vangi (Barberino di Mugello, FI -1931-) produced his first sculptures in crystal, iron and steel while living in Brazil from 1959 to 1962. Upon returning to Italy, he continued to produce sculpture for public spaces, museums, and churches throughout the country, including works for St. John the Baptist in Florence, La Lupa in Siena, the new altar for the Cathedral in Pisa, and the entrance sculpture at the Vatican Museums.
MACRO - Museo D’Arte Contemoranea Testaccio, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4
Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10 pm; through January 18 tel 06 671 0704000

Also at this museum:


A retrospective of one of Italy’s most formidable, original and provactive entertainers in contemporary Italian pop culture. A mosaic of Renato Zero’s forty years as a showman, song-writer, and impressario is presented through a series of documents, images, music, costumes, revealing personal story and struggles.
La Pelanda, through March 22


Magistri astronomiae dal XVI al XIX secolo:

Cristoforo Clavio, Galileo Galilei e Angelo Secchi. Testimonianze documentarie e strumenti scientifici
From the archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University, recently restored manuscripts concerning scientific instruments.
Fondazione Sorgente Group, Via del Tritone 134 (Piazza Barberini)
Tuesdays 6 pm, reservation required: webdiva2.oa­roma.inaf.it
Open to schools Tuesday and Thursday; through February 13



Beauty and the Beast
A Christmas group exhibition featuring the works of thirteen artists; Cornelia Badelita, Lorenzo Bruschini, Lucianella Cafagna, Alessandra Carloni, Laura Fo, Valeria Luccioni Giovanna Noia, Nicola Pucci Vera Rossi, Monica Sarandrea, Nicoletta Signorelli, Luca Zarattini. Drawing from the metaphorical significance of the fable, with focus on its concept of duality, each artist individualizes it through his work, method and interpretation. For the occasion, a work by long time art professor and veteran artist ,Aldo Turchairo will accompany the exhibition along with text by Brazilian poet Màrcia Theòphilo who has written a poem expressly for tthe show. The work shown here is by Vera Rossi.
RVB Arts Via delle Zoccolette 28
(off Via Arenula near Largo Argentina-Campo dè Fiori)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7pm; through January 10



Nino Vascellari - Codalunga (vascellari codalunga)?
The show’s title Codalunga is taken from an experimental visual program started in Vascellari’s Vittorio Veneto studio in 2005. Over time, Codalunga has become an international reference point and experimental platform hosting the works of other artists. Vascellari refers to the title as “a constantly evolving sculpture.” The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, meetings and performances held for the duration of the show in the spaces of the the Accademia di Scherma al Foro Italico.
Vascellari has shown extensively throughout Italy and in many European cities.
Monitor Gallery, Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, ia Sforza Cesarini 43
(near Campo de' Fiori) through January 17


Carlo Levi – La realtà e lo specchio

A retrospective exhibition featuring paintings by Carlo Levi, one of the most influential artists and writers of the 20th century.
Galleria F. Russo Via Alibert 20
Monday, 4:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7:30 pm


Between China and Europe: Art in the Life
Some 30 works by Italian and Chinese artists represent recent research in diverse painting techniques and formats while also expressing the confluences and diversities in artistic trends in Europe and China. Italian artists, Angelo Aligia, Tommaso Cascella, Ettore Consolation, and Chinese artists He Diqiu, Song Gang, Yang Kai, Wang Nanming, Wu Song, Li Xiuqin form the group exhibition.
IPSAR – Istituto di Sant’Antonio Dei Portoghes,i Via Del Portoghesi 6 (near the Pantheon)
Wednesday – Sunday 4:30-7:30 pm; through December 21




Renato Guttuso
In the series of paintings selected for this exhibition, the renowned artist, Renato Guttuso uses color metaphorically to tell the story of Italy,, not only color as it is found in everyday life but also as an indicator of heroism, a historic banner signaling victory for the populace, giubba red of the Garibaldi flage at the Battle of Ponte Ammiraglio. Renato Guttuso (1912 –1987) was an Italian painter. He became an active participant in the partisan struggle during WWII. He is known to have rejected every academic canon, suspending figures in space and searching for the pure sense of color.
Creative Room, Via Tommaso Campanella 36 (Prati, Cipro Metro Stop)
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6:30 pm; through January 16


Ed Ruscha – Paintings
Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half-century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distill the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Ruscha’s wry choice of words and phrases, which feature heavily in his work, draw upon the moments of incidental ambiguity implicit in the interplay between the linguistic signifier and the concept.
Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937. He studied painting, photography, and graphic design at the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). His work is collected by museums worldwide.
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16
(Via Sistina-Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through January 17

Piero Pizzi Cannella – Galleria del vento

A selection of new paintings by Piero Pizzi Cannella (1955), an exponent of the neo-avant-garde, a movement that surged in the mid 1970s.  In  the 1980s  Cannella joined a group of fellow artists to form the new Roman School, better known as the School of San Lorenzo at Pastificio Ceres.
Galleria L’Attico – Fabio Sargentini , Via Del Paradiso 41 (near Largo Argentino)
Monday – Saturday, 5-8 pm; through December 19



Barry McGee/Clare Rojas
In a project created specifically for Galleria Bonomo, artists Barry McGee and Clare Rojas team up to show a selection of works on paper and canvas, drawings, photographs and objects that blend the styles of the two artists.
Barry McGee (1966) Lives and works in San Francisco where he is considered one of the most influential artist in the Bay area. Clare Rojas is also known as singer and musician Peggy Honeywell, uses mainly painting on canvas and paper employing a variation of figurative styles, inspired by the fairy tales of Eastern Europe, and the geometry in the Amish and Native American applied arts.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Via Del Gesù 62 (near the Pantheon)
Tuesday – Friday, 12-7 pm; through February 1


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
Closed Sunday and Monday.

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