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.

Held in

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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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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Filippino Lippi and Sandro Botticelli in XV Century’s Florence

Filippino Lippi and Sandro Botticelli in XV Century’s Florence
October 5, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Scuderie del Quirinale – Rome

Modern Art (from the XV to the XIX century)

Filippino Lippi, Madonna adoring Christ child (detail) - 1478 ca. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi © Photoservice Electa /Anelli for concession of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Born in Prato in about 1457, Filippo (known as Filippino to distinguish him from his father, one of the most celebrated and valued painters of his day) became an artist of the first rank in his turn, a painter on whom Vasari lavished such words of praise as “tanto ingegno” (a man of infinite genius) endowed with “vaghissima e copiosa invenzione” (wonderful and bountiful powers of invention). From his very earliest works, which the great art historian Bernard Berenson attributed to an imaginary “Friend of Sandro”, his darting figures stand out for their wistful grace and for the almost disturbing whimsicality that distinguishes them from the style of Botticelli, with whom he collaborated on an equal footing rather than as a mere apprentice.  Filippino eventually went on to become a fearsome rival to his former master in the last decade of the 15th century, appreciated by the Medici and their supporters and by Savonarola and the Republicans alike.

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Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS. The real world of human body

For the first time in Italy, a record show arrives in Rome .

Rome, September 14,  2011 – February 12, 2012

More than 33 million visitors, more than sixty cities around the world. An apparition known as the stage set for a highlight of the movie, Casino Royale, the twenty-first adventure in the saga of 007. These are the numbers of Body Worlds – The real world of the human body: from September 14 shows the record arrives in Rome for the first time in Italy, Officine Farneto spaces, near the Olympic stadium. Body Worlds of Dr. Gunther von Hagens illustrates how the human body has never been done, making it accessible to the general public a series of information relating to medicine and anatomy, which otherwise would be relegated to the area of science. Thanks to the technique of “plastination”, invented and patented by the same von Hagens, which preserves tissues and organs to replace body fluid silicone polymers, you can see about 200 authentic specimens of the human body: an innovative way to know the mechanisms viable operation of the equipment, such as cardiac or respiratory and show the differences between healthy and diseased organs. A direct way to disseminate and educate on issues of health, wellness, proper nutrition. “Death is a normal and is part of life, is life to be exceptional”, said von Hagens. And how extraordinary the human body and its operation could not be described any better than that: the performance of the anatomy, for the first time, under the eyes of all. Body Worlds is the only exhibition dedicated to the human anatomy, with its own donation program by the Institute for Plastination care of the bodies, which has about 13000 registered donors.