Russian avant-garde at Ara Pacis Museum

April 5 – September 9

The most remarkable achievements of Russian art in the XX century – Cubo-Futurism, with its unique synthesis of European trends of the time, the originality of Abstract art, Constructivism, with its architectural compositions, and Suprematism with its geometric purity – are represented in this single major exhibition: Russian Avant-gardes. Press conference: 4 April 2012.


Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday, 1 May.

Entrance ticket: TBD
Info: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

Ara Pacis

Represents an important monument to the art of this period, especially because it reveals the relationship with Greek art. Consecrated by Augustus in 9 BC, the Ara Pacis (“Altar of Peace”) was erected to celebrate the peace established by him after the wins in Spain and Gaul, who marked the consolidation of authority over the entire Roman Empire . Since 1938 is in Piazza Augusto Imperatore, but originally it was in the Campo Marzio, the Roman quarter to which Augustus wished to entrust his memory over the Ara Pacis, in fact, here he also built his Mausoleum (ie his grave) and a monumental sundial, the Horologium Augusti solarium or (the Egyptian obelisk of Psammetichus II today in Montecitorio Square).

The Ara Pacis is a square enclosure around the altar of sacrifice: the exterior walls are decorated with bas-reliefs depicting the imperial family, priests and officials who attended the consecration ceremony. Other reliefs show instead the legendary origins of Rome.
The altar was used for prayer and sacrifice animals to the gods: their blood had to be washed away from the holy place and this explains the presence of two drainage holes (ie, openings through which you could remove the blood) .


Lux in arcana – The Vatican Secret Archive reveals

29 February – 9 September 2012
Lux in arcana – The Vatican Secret Archive reveals
Type: Documentaries

For the first and perhaps only time in history, one hundred original and priceless documents selected among the treasures preserved and cherished by the Vatican Secret Archives for centuriesy leave the Vatican City walls. And they will do so in order to be housed and displayed in the beautiful halls of the Capitoline Museums in Rome.

The exhibition which is conceived for the 4th Centenary of the foundation of the Vatican Secret Archives aims at explaining and describing what the Pope’s archives are and how they work and, at the same time, at making the invisible visible, thus allowing access to some of the marvels enshrined in the Vatican Secret Archives’ 85 linear kilometers of shelving; records of an extraordinary historical value, covering a time-span that stretches from the 8th to the 20th century.
The name, Lux in arcana, conveys the exhibition’s main objective: the light piercing through the Archive’s innermost depths enlightens a reality which precludes a superficial knowledge and is only enjoyable by means of direct and concrete contact with the sources from the Archive, that opens the doors to the discovery of often unpublished history recounted in documents. The exhibition is enriched by multimedia installations, guided by an intriguing but rigorous historical narration, to allow the visitor to experience some famous events from the past and to “re-live” the documents, that will come to life with tales of the context and the people involved. Continue reading

Salvador Dalì

01 March 2012 – 01 June 2012

The exhibition organized in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, offers a new approach to the figure of the artist explored in all its many different facets: artist, designer, thinker, writer, passionate about science, catalytic currents of the Vanguards, illustrator, jeweler, designer and filmmaker. It will shed light on an aspect still neglected in studies and exhibitions of Dalì: the Spanish artist’s relationship with Italy.
Italy is in fact a constant, the red wire, the element that held together all the exhibited works.
Through documents, photographs, drawings, letters, projects, objects you can follow in his travels to Italy, and relive the meetings to devise artistic collaborations, such as with Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti.
The exhibition is the task of weaving the thread between the artist and the man to give back genius Salvador, who managed to create his works by his temperamental and biographical eccentricities,  a fascinating universe and evocative of plastic and literary images really unique.

Opening times

Monday-Thursday: 9.30 am – 7.30 pm;
Friday-Saturday: 9.30 am – 11.30 pm;
Sunday: 9.30 am – 8.30 pm;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time.

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Complesso del Vittoriano

Via di San Pietro in Carcere

Admission and ticketing

Telephone: 0039 06 6780664 – 6780363


Il Guggenheim. L’avanguardia americana 1945-1980 @ Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Jackson Pollock








curated by Lauren Hinkson
7 February – 6 May 2012

Guggenheim Collection: The American Avant-Garde 1945–1980 examines major developments in American art during a transformative period in this country’s history, one marked by economic prosperity, political upheaval, and international conflict, as well as vibrant growth in the cultural sphere.
The exhibition begins with the years following World War II, when the United States emerged as a global center for modern art and the rise of Abstract Expressionism drew international attention to a circle of artists working in New York. From this time forward, the postwar era witnessed a rich proliferation of varied aesthetic practices by American artists: from Pop art’s irreverent embrace of vernacular imagery to the intellectual meditations on meaning that characterized 1960s Conceptualism; from the spare aesthetic of Minimalism to the lush visuals of Photorealism in the 1970s. Though resulting in widely divergent artworks, these movements all shared a fundamental commitment to interrogating the nature, purpose, and meaning of art.
As it examines this critical moment in the history of American art, Guggenheim Collection: The American Avant-Garde 1945–1980 also reflects on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s role in shaping these developments through its long-standing support of emerging artists. Drawn primarily from the museum’s permanent collection in New York, the paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations on view all embody the specific interests of individual curators, collectors, and scholars who championed the contemporary art of their day and left their stamp on the institution over time. Evident, too, is the Guggenheim’s evolution from its roots as a distinctive showcase for European abstract painting into an international venue for modern and contemporary art, underscored by the important selections of works by Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Robert Rauschenberg’s Barge(1962–63) from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.


Via Nazionale, 194


Reduced Ticket: 10.00

Ticket: 12.50


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“The Nazi ghettos” Exhibition at the Vittoriano Rome

Was inaugurated yesterday in Rome at the Vittoriano (Piazza Venezia), for the celebrations made ​​for Holocaust Memorial Day, the exhibition “The Nazi ghettos” housed in the Central Hall until March 4.

The exhibition, curated by Marcello Pezzetti, will trace the history of the Nazi ghettos in Poland, from 1939 to 1944: their creation, the daily life within them, hunger, disease, violence, forced labor, deportation, resistance, the final settlement.
A wooden fence with a barbed wire and a wall taller than six feet occupy the heart of the central hall of the Vittoriano in Rome. They are there to witness the nightmare they lived hundreds of thousands of Jewish ghettoized. Yes, because the first concentration camps were the Nazi ghettos the symbol of anti-Semitism, the barrier that separated the Jews from the rest of society.
The trip is within those barbed fences or walls that have interpreted the “quarantine zones” or “epidemic” of more than 400 ghettos in Poland emerged after the conquest of territory by Germany.

What was life like in these places separate from the world? At the extreme of indecency between regulations, restrictions, abuse and forced labor. They are shown for the first time color graphics that testify to the productivity level of the ghettos. Ghettos as a propaganda tool used to demonstrate the inferiority of the race. The exception is the case of Theresienstadt, 60 kilometers from Prague, which was called by Hitler the “model ghetto”, where reigned a propaganda different: they wanted to show people that the Jews during the war were of the privileged, who could also play football.

The exhibition describe one of the darkest moments of our recent history through artifacts, newspapers, photographs, documents and videos, from public and private institutions and international museums and archives: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington; Ghetto Fighters House, Galilee; Stowarzyszenie Zydowska Instytut, Warsaw; Vachem Yad, Jerusalem, Bundesarchiv Berlin, just to name a few.

Free entrance

Homo sapiens. The great history of human diversity – Rome Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Exhibition curated by Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza and Telmo Pievani

“Each village is a microcosm that tends to reproduce the macrocosm of all mankind, albeit a bit different in proportions”
Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza

Two hundred thousand years ago Homo sapiens began the journey from a small valley in what is today’s Ethiopia that led him to colonize the entire planet and to live with other human species, forming the great variety of people and cultures that we know. For the first time, an international group of scientists from different disciplines and coordinated by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, has reconstructed the roots and routes of human settlement. Geneticists, linguists, anthropologists and paleo-anthropologists have combined the results of their research into a wonderful fresco of the history of human evolution. The result is Homo sapiens. La grande storia della diversità umana (Homo sapiens. The great history of human diversity), an international interactive and multimedia exhibition made up of six sections telling the stories of the adventures and extraordinary travels, largely unknown, which generated the mosaic of human diversity.

Strange and very large primates leave Africa to colonize the Old World. This is the beginning of the genus Homo, slightly less than two million years ago. A distinctive feature of this new form of hominid is its complete bipedal locomotion. Findings from sites in Africa and the first settlements outside this continent tell of the first waves of migration “Out of Africa”.

When our species Homo sapiens was born in Africa, probably between 180 thousand and 200 thousand years ago, and then decided to move, it came into contact with a world crowded with species of the genus Homo that had come out from Africa previously. From our coexistence with our  Neanderthal “cousins” to the story of the little Man of Flores and the mysterious Man of Denisova (Siberia): for most of our history, we have not been alone on this planet.   

Around 40,000 years ago came the “Paleolithic Revolution”: art, burial rituals, new technology, cooking food … a cognitively different sapiens. At the same time, two great epics tell us about the colonization of the new  Australian and American worlds. Due to interactions between converging evidence from different disciplines – such as the genetics of populations, archeology and linguistics – it is possible to reconstruct the family tree of the diversification of the people on Earth and plot the ramifications that led the human species to spread throughout the globe.

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Exhibition: Rome at the time of Caravaggio 1600-1630

Roma al tempo di Caravaggio 1600-1630
November 16, 2011 – February 5, 2012
Rome, Palazzo Venezia

Caravaggio was an absolute genius of painting that has overshadowed all the artists of his time. But who were his companions on the road? The exhibition “Rome at the time of Caravaggio 1600-1630” (Palazzo Venezia, 16 November 2011 – February 5, 2012 planning and scientific care of Rossella Vodret, scenic design by Pier Luigi Pizzi) answers this question by reconstructing for the first time, through the ‘exhibition of approximately 140 paintings from the major Italian and foreign museums, some never exhibited before in Italy, the connective tissue of the art scene of the Eternal City where he lived and worked the great Lombard genius.

The exhibition looks at what can be called a crucial moment of Italian painting, who was born in the late sixteenth century in a Rome that was still in crisis because of the traumatic Lutheran schism and developed, with increasing force, through the reign of four major Popes Clement VIII Aldobrandini, Pope Paul V Borghese, Pope Gregory XV Ludovisi Urban VIII Barberini. This unique moment lasted about thirty years, from 1600 to 1630 and the events that occurred in that period largely depended the European artistic development which lasted until the late seventeenth century. Continue reading


25 February – 10 June 2012
curated by and Vittorio Sgarbi
High commissioner: Giovanni Morello
Catalogie scientific Coordinator: Giovanni C.F. Villa
Exhibition texts by Melania Mazzucco

Body snatching of San Marco - Tintoretto

JACOPO ROBUSTI (or CANAL), better known as TINTORETTO (1519-1594), is the only key Italian 16th century painter not to have had a major monographic exhibition devoted to his work to date. If we ignore the thematic exhibition of his portraits held in Venice in 1994, the last exhibition of the great Venetian master’s work was held in 1937, due among other reasons to the sheer physical impossibility of shifting the large canvases that he painted in Venice

The exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale is part of a broader programme designed to explore the work of those artists who have helped to make the story of art in our country so unique and so grandiose, ranging from Botticelli to Antonello da Messina, from Bellini to Caravaggio and, more recently, to Lorenzo Lotto and Filippino Lippi.
This exhibition, focusing on the three main themes that distinguish Tintoretto’s work: religion, mythology and portraiture, is strictly monographic and will be divided into sections comprising a handful of carefully selected and unquestioned masterpieces, beginning and ending with his two celebrated self-portraits of himself as a young man, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and as an old man, from the Louvre. Even though he was in competition with Titian, his contemporaries yet recognized his “utterly exquisite eye in portraiture”, and some of his most famous portraits from leading international collections will be on display here in Rome.

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Evgen Bavcar. The darkness is a space (photography exhibition)

19 January – 25 March 2012
Evgen Bavcar. The darkness is a space

Museo di Roma in Trastevere – Piazza Sant’Egidio 1/b – 00153 Roma
Type: Photography

Evgen Bavcar

Evgen Bavcar - Blind Slovenian photographer

A selection of more than fifty shots of one of the most respected authors in the world of photography: Evgen Bavcar. The images by the blind Slovenian, philosopher and photographer, are evocative visions of space, lights, shapes and smells of childhood, tactile and sensory perceptions of snapshots captured by his daring and poetic inner eye. Evgen Bavcar allows us to “see” from another perspective. A photograph – enriching and unpublished – that goes beyond the traditional one.
Curator: Enrica Viganò

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“in the East: city, men and Gods on the Silk Roads”

Silk Roads

Silk Roads

Roman National Museum of the Baths of Diocletian, Piazza della Repubblica, Rome
21 October 2011 – 26 February 2012

As part of the Biennial International Silk Road Culture

Palmyra, Tur ‘Abdin, Ctesiphon, Taq-e Bostan, Merv, Samarkand, Ghazni, Swat, Kucha, Turfan, Dunhuang, Xi’an are the stages of the journey “to the East”, through the fascinating and legendary Silk Road, including the second century BC and the fourteenth century A.D. A journey surrounded by the lights and by impressive silence of the lands of the East, where men and caravans were driven not only by commercial impulses, even from the thirst of the unknown and the missionary zeal.

The exhibition “in the East: city, men and the Silk Roads” from October 21, 2011 to February 26, 2012 in Rome in the great Halls of the Baths of Diocletian, exceptionally open for this occasion by the Special Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Rome – makes use of scientific advice of  IsIAO and scientific care of Francesco D’Arelli and Pierfrancesco Callieri.

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