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Jago – Habemus Hominem
A selection of sculpture by emerging artist Jago, shows the rapport between contemporary history and sculpture.
Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Villa Borghese, Viale Fiorello La Guardia 4
Tuesaday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday, Sunday, 10 am – 7pm; through April 2




Beat Generation. Ginsberg, Corso, Ferlinghetti: Viaggio in Italia
A selection of over two-hundred black and white photographs, many seen for the first time publicly while others are a part of the museum’s permanent collection and in line with the museum’s new direction which foresees a series of initiatives, that traces the origin of documentary archives and photographs recently acquired or preserved in the Galleria.
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Viale delle Belle Arti 131 Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through April 2

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


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.
Palazzo Delle Esposizioni Via Nazionale 194 (Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Venezia)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; through May 6


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

Rafaello – La Madonna Esterhàzy
The Esterházy Madonna by Raphael painted around 1508 on a small panel of poplar wood (29 x 21.5 cm), on loan from the Szépm?vészeti Múzeum in Budapest, the Hungarian National Museum of Fine Arts. It straddles the period between the end of the Florentine era and the beginning of the Roman one – a crucial time for Western art with construction sites being opened for the decoration of the new Vatican — the vault of the Sistine Chapel and the rooms of the papal apartments.
The comparison with the drawing preserved at the Uffizi Gallery of Drawings and Print represented here in a large-format, highlights the moment of intellectual transition from the Florentine to the Roman world. In fact, in the drawing the backdrop presents a typical scenic Florentine landscape. It is a first phase, different from the final one on the panel, which, instead, depicts ancient Roman ruins in which the remains of the Temple of Vespasian and the tower in the Roman Forum are identifiable.
Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, via Delle Quattro Fontane 13
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:20 am – 7 pm; through April 9



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


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

Leonardo Baldini - Divine Creature
A selection of ten photographic works themed around around sacred art.
Musei Vaticani, Viale Vaticano
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 2 pm; through March 3

Conversation Piece | Part IV

A series of exhibitions dedicated to the works of Italian and international artists, including Yto Barrada, Eric Baudelaire, Jorg Herold, Christoph Keller, Jakub Woynarowski and Rosella Biscotti whose work is shown here.
Fondazione Memmo – Palazzo Ruspoli, Via Fontanella Borghese 56b (near Piazza del Popolo)
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm; through March 18


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



Voglia d’Italia. Il collezionismo internazionale nella Roma del Vittoriano

 Shown publicly for the first time, the vast collection assembled by the American couple George Washington Wurts and Henriette Tower at the turn of the 20th century. The collection was donated to the museum at Palazzo Venezia, where it is still preserved. The exhibition illustrates the dynamics of collecting, and the international market juxtaposed against the backdrop of the radical changes experienced during the years of a young Italian nation and its new capital, Rome. The construction of the Vittoriano, begun in 1885 and inaugurated in 1911 on the occasion of the exposition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Unification of Italy, became the emblem that characterized the city at the dawn of the century.
Palazzo Venezia,  Via Del Plebiscito 118
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through March 4



Giovanni da Rimini. Passato e presente di un’opera
This panel on loan from the National Gallery London is contrasted with the Galleria Barberini’s piece, the Story of Christ. The two works were once thought to be one unified work of art. It is a principal example of the work of artists who, in the late Middle Ages developed the Riminese style, a renewal of Adriatic painting after Giotto’s appearance in the city in 1300.
Galleria Nazonale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini  Via Delle Quattro Fontane 13
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm; through  February 18.

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Altro Rinascimento. Il giovane Filippo Lippi e la Madonna of Tarquinia (172574)
A tribute recognizing the centennial year of the discovery and identification of Filippo Lippi’s piece by noted art historian, Pietro Toesca in 1917. The exhibition includes documentation of the discovery from the State archives and a section dedicated to the artistic situation in Florence during the last quarter of the 14th century.
through  February 18


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



Artisti all'Opera
Celebrating the collabration of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with some of the iconic artists of th e20th entury: Pablo Picasso, Renato Guttuso, Giorgio De Chirico, Afro, Alberto Burri, Giacomo Manzù, Mario Ceroli, Arnaldo Pomodoro and William Kentridge, whose set for Alban Berg's opera Lulu is shown here.
Museo Di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza San Pantaleo 10 (near Piazza Navona)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm;
through March 11





I Grandi Maestri. 100 Anni di fotografia Leica
More than 350 tphotographs taken by some of the most illustrious photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson , Gianni Berengo Gardin, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt and many others for whom the Leica was the preferred camera. The show, supported by documents, original magazines, rare books, vintage photographs, and camera models, celebrates 100 years since Leica’s inception. The image shown here is by Elliott Erwitt.
Complesso Del Vittoriano, Via Di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm; Friday, Saturday, 9:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm; through February 18


Also at this museum:

Lina Passalacqua – Fiabe e Leggende

The artist, inspired by fable literary characters like Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Peter Pan, has made them the subject of her new body of work. Being shown publicly for the first time, the show is accompanied by various preparatory sketches. A delightful holiday exhibition for the young.
Complesso del Vittoriano - Sala Brasini di San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm



Dai io a noi: la città senza confini
The works of 22 nationally and internationally recognized artists presenting their visions of today’s cities. The works seek to portray the essence of today’s cities. The following artists contributed works: Lara Almarcegui, Botto & Bruno, Maurizio Cattelan, Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Jimmie Durham, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Claire Fontaine, Alber- to Garutti, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Piangia- more, Eugenio Tibaldi, Grazia Toderi, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa, Tobias Zielony, and Rosa Barba, whose work is shown here.
Palazzo Del Quirinale, Piazza Del Quirinale
Reservations necessary: 06 39 96 7557

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.
Complesso Del Vittoriano, Via Di San Pietro in Carcere
Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 10 pm
through June 3


Totò Genio
Fifty years after his death, an exhibition dedicated to the actor/comedian Totò seek to introducie him to a younger generation simply by bringing attention to his onscreen character and contribution to the interpretation of Italian culture elaborated through the lens of Italian cinema and a selection of photographs and movie clips.
Museo di Roma in Trastevere Piazza Sant’Egidio 1b (Trastevere)
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; through February 18


Enjoy:L'arte incontra il divertimento

A themed exhibition including amusing works, many site-specific and interactive, by artists Alexander Calder, Mat Collishaw, Jean Tinguely, Leandro Erlich, Tony Oursler, Ernesto Neto, Piero Fogliati, Michael Lin, Gino De Dominicis, Erwin Wurm, Hans Op de Beeck, Studio 65, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, and TeamLab, curated by Danilo Eccher.
Chiostro del Bramante, via Arco della Pace 5 (near Piazza Navona)
Monday-Friday, 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday-Suday, 10 am - 9 pm; through February 23


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

Nanda Vigo – Arch-arcology

This marks the 7th in a series of exhibitions by well-known designers who are invited annually to interpret MAXXI’s Architecture Collections. Nanda Vigo was chosen for this cycle for the creative force she brings to interiors. Starting with MAXXI’s architectural archives, she will arrange a space which visitors will be able to enter.
through February 25

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.


Lorenzo Bruschini – Scendeva simile alla notte
A solo exhibition featuring new works in drawing and paintings inspired from travel and his book, Scendeva. Hierapytna is the ancient Greek name of a legendary city located on the southeastern coast of the island of Crete, whose origins are lost in time. In search of an identity to discipher the mystery of the labyrinth, Bruschini’s research led to a new realm of discovery. Reaching back to the paths that lead geographically from Delphi to Olympia, from Thebes to Athens to Crete to the borders of Europe, and historically reaching the origins of the Minoan civilization (Crete, 2700 BC), he was able to apply his fndings to his work.
RBV Arts, Via Delle Zoccolette 28 (near Piazza Farnese)
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm; February 22 through March 17

Francesca Matarazzo – Ipergrafie
In her first solo exhibition in Rome, Francesca Matarazzo presents a series of eighteen graphic relief works printed onto slate and aluminum plates, then molded in layers of cementine (a mix of stones, sand, glue and water) and covered with acrylic paints on canvases of various sizes.
Mucciaccia Contemporary, Piazza Borghese 1a (Piazza in Lucina)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through March 17

Artists / Alternatives
A group show featuring works of four artists: poetic and colourful digital etchings in large format by Claudia Palmira, keyhole sculptures designed using modern and traditional technologies by Claudia Bellini. Elena Drommi takes mixed-media to another level, adorning fabrics, porcelain, kimonos and decorative objects with her hand painted designs filled with floral and intricate imagery. Fabio Ferrone Viola is well-known for his eco-conscious works formed with a base of recycled materials onto which he paints bold, pop culture ideas.
Margutta House, Via Margutta 55 (Via Babuino)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm; February 22 through March 25

Canadian born photographer Sheila McKinnon’s exhibition at the Camera dei Deputati features her signature work, which for the past twenty years has portrayed women and girls across the continents of Asia, Africa and India who live in complicated situations of cultural entrenchment and generational mores still dominant in their societies. These images are juxtaposed with a selection of recent images that show the encroaching threats of climate change, masked behind a skilful execution of imagery, a dreamlike and romantic palette of colours and bursts of abstract landscapes, in some cases atmospheric layering yet in others, the bleak and slow transformation of climates on earth.
Climate change effects our national and economic security, it destabilizes populations, creates worsening conditions which inevitably lead to an even greater increase of poverty, disease and violence. Along with the continuance of traditional cultural practices, the effects of climate change will further lessen the priority for rights to education for women and girls. McKinnon tackles both issues simultaneously. She realizes that they run a parallel course and are inseparable.
Camera dei Deputati Complesso di Vicolo Valdina (entrance Piazza Campo Marzio, 42)
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; through 23


Dario Passi – Pittura di segni / Segni di pittura
A series of large paintings and small works on paper from the artist's recent production, which has as its theme, the multiplicity of signs that invade our space and surfaces. Passi depicts the direct and autonomous value of the sign, to reveal a new way of expressing himself beyond figuration and abstraction, connecting his pictorial program to the ??poetic abstraction and signs of Cy Twombly and Gastone Novelli. His gesture becomes a symbol of a freedom conditioned only by the relationship that he himself determines from time to time among thought, image and word.
The shapes, the lines, the tangles, partly disordered and in part geometrically defined, are firmly anchored to the two-dimensionality of the canvases. Passi allows his images to float on surfaces not stiffened by frames or supports: the canvases are fixed directly to the wall or simply rest on the floor to recreate the conditions of their formation in the artist's studio.
Nomas Foundation, Viale Somalia 33 (Salaria)
Tuesday – Friday, 2:30-7 pm; through April 13



The Secret Garden
A group exhibition featuring works of artists represented bythe gallery. Each year, the Secret Garden exhibition reflects on
a holiday theme based on a literary writing. Pictured here, a work by the artist Fantini.
Via della Zoccolette 28 and Via Giulia 193
Tuesday – Saturday,
11 am – 1:pm and 4 -7:30 pm;
through February 17




Andreas Gursky – Bankok II 

Showing for the first time in Italy, Andreas Gursky’s exhibition of photographs coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Gagosian Rome gallery. Gursky has demonstrated that a photographer can make or construct—rather than simply take—photographs about modern life and produce them on the scale of epic painting. Initially using the computer as a retouching tool, he began exploring its transformative potential, sometimes combining elements of multiple shots of the same subject into an intricate yet seamless whole, at other timesm barely altering the image at all. Andreas Gursky was born in  Liepzig Germany in 1955. He lives and works in Dusseldorf. His work is in the collections of major museums worldwide.
Gagosian Gallery   Via Francesco Crispi 16  (Via Sistina-Piazza Barberini)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through March 3

Jérémy Demester – A Buon Rendere
Eight unpublished works, a sculpture and seven paintings , by emerging French artist Jérémy Demester, have ben created expressly for the gallery space. The works seek to capture time, immediacy and the moment. The exhibition is the result of the first in a series of artist residences planned by Mucciaccia Contemporary.
Mucciaccia Contemporary,  Piazza Borghese 1a  
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7 pm; through February 20



Gianni Piacentino – Works 1966-2017
A solo exhibition features over thirty works. This exhibition like other reent retrospectives of his work at the Center d'Art Contemporain in Geneva (2013) and the Prada Foundation in Milan (2015-2016) t draws upon his use of elements of continuity, the specificities of individual moments and periods. These works highlight a kind of temporal short-circuit between classism and contemporaneity. The artist describes his vision as one of self-mannerism.
Mucciaccia Arte Moderna e Contemporanea,
Largo Della Fontanella Di Borghese 89 
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 7:30 pm


Moto Ondoso StaBile
A group show featuring the works of Neil Gall, Rezi van Lankveld, Alessandro Sarra, Jessica Warboys and Jinn Nazzarena Poli Maramotti, whose work is shown here. Collectively, their works represent a reflection on specific aspects of painting media.
Z20 Galleria – Via Della Vetrina  21 (Via Dei Coronari) 
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-7 pm;  through February 17



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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