2 Feb-1 April. 1/9unosunove presents a group show examining the concept of boundaries in the work of five artists, born between 1950 and 1965, who have pushed the limits of pictorial minimalism. Three of the participating artists are Italian: Maria Morganti, Paolo Parisi and Marco Tirelli; while Simon Callery is from the UK and Gerwald
21 Feb-1 May. The 18 short-listed candidates in the so-called Museum Beauty Contest at the Galleria Nazionale are on display in the gallery until 1 May, with the joint winners being announced on 27 March. The online beauty pageant, whose unorthodox concept has raised more than a few eyebrows in the Italian art world, is
8 Feb-22 April. The Brazilian embassy to Italy in Piazza Navona hosts Portinari, la mano senza fine – Collezione del Museu Nacional de Belas Artes di Rio de Janeiro, an exhibition dedicated to one of Brazil’s most celebrated modernist painters, Candido Portinari (1903-1962). On display is a collection of 26 works, including oil paintings and
16-22 Feb. English language cinema in Rome. An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship. Starring Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard. Over 14s. Barberini 22.30 Lux daily 22.00. 18-19 Feb 12.00, 22.00 Odeon 21 Feb ONLY 22.30
16-22 Feb. English language cinema in Rome. Linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of aliens visiting Planet Earth. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. 15.30, 17.50, 20.10, 22.30
16-22 Feb. English language cinema in Rome. Two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries travel to Japan in the 17th century in search of their missing mentor, who is rumoured to have renounced the faith under torture. Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson. Scorsese premiered his movie, which had been in the
16-26 Feb. Simone Cristicchi stages his new play inspired by the incredible story of David Lazzaretti, a 19th-century Italian preacher known as the Prophet of Amiata. Directed by Antonio Calenda. In Italian.
9 Feb-2 March. The Galleria Russo presents an exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Ernesto Michahelles (1893–1959), better known by his pseudonym Thayaht. Painter, sculptor, photographer, designer, architect, inventor and goldsmith, Thayaht is best remembered for his involvement with the Italian Futurist movement. Curated by Daniela Fonti, the exhibition comprises about 200 works including
21 Jan-17 April. Geometric figures, mechanical designs, and architectural designs: Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, written in his own hand, is the centerpiece of this exhibition, on the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance genius.
14 Feb-2 April. The 2017 edition of Cinque Mostre at the American Academy in Rome features five separate exhibitions and collaborative projects by current Rome Prize Fellows from several disciplines as well as artists invited by curator Ilaria Gianni. The theme of this year’s event is Vision(s) and its multi-faceted interpretations.
9 Feb-21 May. 26 artists and over 50 works present prison as a metaphor for the contemporary world, and the contemporary world as a metaphor for prison: delving into technology and how we have become hyper-connected and increasingly controlled. The exhibition’s artists include Claire Fontaine, Jenny Holzer, AES+F, Chen Chieh-Jen, and Gianfranco Baruchello. There is
8-19 Feb. Teatro Sistina presents a play that contrasts the private and public personas of Princess Diana, one fragile, the other invincible. Written and directed by Vincenzo Incenzo, starring Serena Autieri. In Italian.
7 Feb-26 March. The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea presents a large amount of works by celebrated 94-year-old Italian artist Guido Strazza. The exhibition provides a comprehensive insight into the lengthy career of the Rome-based artist, who was part of the Italian Futurist movement in the 1940s. The displayed works include 56 paintings, three sculptures,
16-18 Feb. The Black Gondola by Liszt is performed to the orchestration of American contemporary composer John Adams. The piano piece was composed by Liszt in Venice when he was staying with Wagner only a couple of months before Wagner died. Adams is known for his two operas Nixon in China and more recently the
9 Feb-23 April. The French Academy at Villa Medici holds an exhibition of work by Annette Messager, one of France’s leading visual artists. Messager is known mainly for her installations in which she incorporates photographs, prints, drawings and embroidery to explore feminist themes. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, from the Golden Lion
9 Feb-18 March. MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea presents a group show by well-known Italian and foreign artists Isabella Ducrot, Angelo Titonel, Leila Vismeh, Janine von Thüngen, and Gaetano Zampogna. The exhibition is centred around six works (five paintings and a sculpture) which pay tribute to the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg and the artists Pablo Picasso, Edward
1-28 Feb. Project Rome is appealing for food donations as part of its “Fabulous February Food Drive” to help feed the city’s less fortunate. Rome residents can collect non-perishable food items at places of work or schools according to the charity which is self-funding and relies on generosity of others. The organisers, British-born Mary Stuart-Miller
16 Feb-23 March. The Vincent Pallotti Institute presents Welcoming the Stranger, its spring lecture series on Thursday mornings at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas. 16 Feb. Welcoming the Stranger: Bibilical Perspective. Edmund Power, OSB, former Abbot of St. Paul Outside the Walls (2005-2015). Donna Orsuto, Director, The Lay Centre and Professor, Pontifical Gregorian University.
2-23 Feb. Artemisia e le altre: Storie di donne, dipinte da Artemisia, a series of art history talks (in Italian) examining the female characters in Gentileschi’s paintings, takes place at Palazzo Braschi, in conjunction with the ongoing Gentileschi exhibition, every Thursday evening in February. Full details available on Palazzo Braschi website. For more insights into the exhibition
3-24 Feb. This year Rome’s annual contemporary dance festival is dedicated to Germany’s contribution to modern dance in the 20th century, as part of a broader programme that each year will see a country chosen as a guest and the main protagonist. The festival includes The Primate Trilogy by the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company /
27 Jan-26 March. French-based Chinese artist Li Chevalier presents a monumental installation comprising violins and 30 experimental ink paintings. The exhibition is part of the series From La Biennale di Venezia & OPEN to MACRO. International Perspectives of work shown previously at the 2016 Venice Biennale.
4 Feb-18 March. Wanted in Rome’s guide to the best places to watch the Six Nations rugby matches. Wanted in Rome highlights some of the best bars in the city to watch the upcoming Six Nations annual rugby union championship which is contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. During the 18th edition
14 Feb-2 April. The 2017 edition of Cinque Mostre at the American Academy in Rome features five separate exhibitions and collaborative projects by current Rome Prize Fellows from several disciplines as well as invited artists curated by Ilaria Gianni. For more information see AAR website.
10 Feb-18 June. Exhibition dedicated to Gregor Mendel, the scientist, Augustinian friar and misunderstood genius whose ground-breaking genetic discoveries were not recognised until the turn of the 20th century, more than three decades after his death.
10-24 Feb. Rome’s Monk Club hosts concerts by several international acts during February. 10 Feb. Ebo Taylor. Ghanaian guitarist and composer known for afrobeat music. 17 Feb. The Dandy Warhols. Alternative rock band from the US. 18 Feb. Vaudou Game. Afro soul and tropical funk from Togo. 24 Feb. Toy. English group known for indie
4 Feb-5 March. ARTandSEEK organises English-language cultural workshops and visits to museums and exhibitions for children in Rome. 4 Feb. Inside and Outside: drawings and paintings by E. Hopper (Vittoriano). Programme for children aged 6-12 and their families taught entirely in English, 16.30. 5 Feb. Inside and Outside: drawings and paintings by E. Hopper. For children
8-22 Feb. The British School at Rome presents several interesting lectures in February. 8 Feb. Charles Smeaton, John Henry Parker and the earliest photography in the Roman catacombs, a talk by John Osborne of Carleton University. 15 Feb. The tithe of Hercules: Roman merchants, finance and the community, by Nicholas Purcell of the University of
24 Jan-17 April. The Capitoline Museums exhibits The Annunciation by El Greco (1541-1614), as part of an art exchange programme with Madrid’s Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. Considered one of the artist’s most spectacular works, The Annunciation was created originally as an altarpiece, flanked on either side by two panels, one of which is now
15-26 Feb. The S. Susanna English-language lending library in Rome is preparing for a bumper sale which will include a “large selection of children’s books, non-fiction, classics (including poetry and literature) and of course lots of fiction,” according to library coordinator Tonia White, who added that the average book price will be 50 cent. The
3 Feb-26 March. Francesca Leone presents Giardino, an interactive installation comprising 18 aluminium grilles, and their random contents, at MACRO. The artist says the gratings have been realised with the “unconscious contribution of hundreds of people” who have dropped items such as cigarette butts, plastic, paper, keys and coins between the grills.
27 Jan-15 April. The Gagosian hosts an exhibition of work by Giuseppe Penone, a renowned Italian sculptor based between Turin and Paris. Associated with the Arte Povera movement, Penone is known for his works that engage with poetry, nature and time using materials ranging from terracotta to iron. The exhibition coincides with the installation of
20 Jan-26 Feb. The Hungarian Academy of Rome organises an exhibition, in three separate locations, dedicated to the career of noted Italian artist Valerio Adami, drawing parallels between his work and that of Hungarian artists Csaba Fürjesi and Ervin Hervé-Lóránth. Adami’s more recent paintings and drawings are on display at Galleria André on Via Giulia
25 Jan-26 March. Exhibition by Israeli artist Rafael Y. Herman who is known for his ground-breaking photography of moonlit night scenes which appear to have been taken in daylight, without the use of electronic or digital manipulation.
20 Jan-19 April. Washoku la colorata vita alimentare dei Giapponesi is an exhibition highlighting the colours and flavours of Japanese cuisine, or washoku, through film, nishiiki-e prints, cooking utensils and recreations of Japanese dishes.
19 Jan-26 March. Well-known contemporary Roman artist Pietro Ruffo curates this retrospective dedicated to the work of fellow Roman artist Francesco del Drago (1920-2011). Described as “long overdue” by its organisers, the exhibition pays particular attention to the intricate colour studies created by the abstract artist whose work influenced younger generations in the sphere of
4 Nov-5 March. The ILEX Gallery at 10b Photography displays more than 30 silver gelatine prints by the American street photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009). The title of the exhibition is a reference to the U2 song Where the Streets Have No Name, which rails against a divisive society where a person’s life and achievements are
16 Dec-2 April. The third installment in the exhibition cycle Conversation Piece which charts the presence of Italian and foreign artists currently living in Rome, or with a particular attachment to the city, focusing on the artistic contribution made by the city’s foreign academies and cultural institutes. As with previous editions, the artists have been
21 Dec-26 March. Rome’s municipal modern art gallery on Via Francesco Crispi presents an exhibition showing the art of Giovanni Prini (1877-1958). The exhibition features sculpture, paintings, drawings, ceramics, furniture and toys.
6 Dec-26 Feb. Palazzo Quirinale hosts an exhibition celebrating the long history of relations between China and the west, and Italy in particular. Featuring silks, ceramics, precious metals, gems and antique maps, the exhibition is dedicated to the overlapping cultures and religions of countries in the Middle and Far East located along the ancient caravan
17 Dec-17 April. Celebrated British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor returns to exhibit in Rome after more than a decade. Considered one of the most significant artists on the contemporary international art scene, Kapoor won the Turner Prize in 1991, and in 2013 received a knighthood for services to visual arts. The exhibition, featuring large-scale works, is
16 Dec-12 March. Exhibition highlighting the 200th anniversary of the 1816 repatriation of Italian cultural heritage looted by Napoleon in 1796. The exhibition displays a range of Italian masterpieces of art and archaeology that were plundered from Italy, including works by Carracci, Guercino, Reni and Vecellio.
30 Nov-12 March. The Casa di Goethe presents Costellazioni 1, the first in a series of three annual exhibitions highlighting stories and treasures rediscovered recently by Germans in Rome. The exhibition focuses on how German scholars have stumbled upon lost antiques and mastepieces hidden among the bric-a-brac in the city’s market stalls during 2016. On
8 Dec-26 Feb. The Belgian Academy has organised an exhibition entitled Alla Luce di Roma: I disegni scenografici di scultori fiamminghi e il barocco romano, which takes place at the Istituto centrale per la grafica. The exhibition comprises 17th- and 18th-century drawings and prints from public and private collections of the major cultural institutions in
24 Nov-17 April. More than 200 photographs, contact sheets and vintage prints from the archive of Letizia Battaglia, known to many as the “Photographer of the Mafia.” The exhibition, which testifies to “40 years of Italian life and society” according to MAXXI, also includes magazines, publications, interviews and film footage relating to the celebrated Italian
11 Dec-5 March. The subtitle of this concert is Da Scott Joplin to Keith Jarrett. The first in this four-part series of talks and concerts is on 11 Dec on the theme Dal Ragtime di Texarkana al Jazz di New Orleans with Alberico Di Meo at the piano. This will be followed by two concerts
15 Dec-30 April. Palazzo Braschi presents works from the original collection of 20th-century Italian writer, intellectual and art collector Paola Masino. The works, which are now part of the Museo di Roma collection, are shown together in public for the first time. On display are paintings by important Italian artists such as Accardi, Burri, Carrà,
7 Dec 2016-31 Dec 2017. The MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome and the Milan Triennale have launched a ticket that allows entry into both cultural institutions. The €15 joint ticket, which lasts until 31 December 2017, is part of a combined effort to promote contemporary culture in Italy. Tickets can
24 Nov-26 Feb. The Vatican Museums host an exhibition of works by Dutch master Rembrandt (1606-1669). On display are 55 engravings and two oil paintings from the Zorn Museum in Mora, Sweden, and the Kremer Collection in the Netherlands. The exhibition, which was opened by Queen Silvia of Sweden, is held in collaboration with the
30 Nov-8 May. Major exhibition dedicated to the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c.1656), today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. The exhibition spans from 1610 to 1652, examining Gentileschi’s career in Florence, Rome, Venice and finally Naples where she worked until her death. There
16 Nov-12 March. Exhibition examining the origins of Italian still life in a Roman context at the turn of the 17th century. The exhibition features still life works by the so-called Maestro di Hartford, a mysterious artist whose paintings – according to some theories – are believed to be the work of a young Caravaggio.
18 Nov-26 Feb. Exhibition showcasing the cultural and social life of Rome’s Trastevere district, including the memories of local residents, artists and traders, as well as their houses, studios and restaurants, collected in a video documentary. In addition the exhibition examines how recent cultural activities have reanimated the Trastevere neighbourhood, from the Ragazzi del Cinema
1 Nov-1 March. The Galleria Nazionale is holding an online beauty contest based on 70 portraits in its collection, 35 women and 35 men. Directed by the artist Paco Cao, the competition involves the pre-selection of 18 portraits from each category between now and January, with the shortlisted candidates then vying for the Miss and
9 Nov-26 Feb. The MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo presents an exhibition highlighting the importance of house design in Japan, showing the work of celebrated architects such as Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and Shigeru Ban alongside their lesser-known contemporaries and a younger generation of Japanese architects. The exhibition presents the essential elements
21 Oct-10 May. MACRO shows a series of works with political and social themes. The display spans from the 1930s, with the celebrated demolition paintings by Roman artist Mario Mafai, to more recent works examining contemporary socio-political events. Part of a cycle of exhibitions from the permanent collection of MACRO.
16 Sept-5 March. 40 monumental sculptures by Mexican artist Gustav Aceves can be admired at outdoor archaeological sites in Rome including Trajan’s Markets, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine. The travelling public sculpture installation is dedicated to migration, and comprises fragmented or cracked statues of horses and human skulls, made from bronze,
11 Oct-15 April. The inauguration of the exhibition Time is Out of Joint coincides with the completed refurbishment and reorganisation at Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. The reordering of the gallery spaces began in June at the behest of the new director Cristiana Collu, who took up her post last year. Taking its title
14 Oct-19 Feb. An exhibition featuring more than 170 photographs accompanied by a significant selection of prints, sculptures and paintings from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, illustrates the professional and private life of Pablo Picasso. The exhibition is divided into various sections examining the artist’s relationship with photography, from his early artistic experiments and subsequent collaboration with
Love meets social media in this dynamic exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante, from 29 September-19 February. Review by Andy Devane. 29 Sept-5 March. Rome’s Chiostro di Bramante celebrates its 20th anniversary with LOVE. L’arte contemporanea incontra l’amore, a major exhibition dedicated to contemporary art and the multiple interpretations of the universally popular theme of love. The
Two candelabra vandalised at Pantheon on 26 March.
Two 18th-century wooden candelabra in Rome’s Pantheon were badly damaged after being thrown ...