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
11 March-6 May. The gallery MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch presents the show Dynamis by Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, which coincides with the artists’ joint-show Freedom of Movement at MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo. The video Dynamis was commissioned in 2014 by the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki and was
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
9-15 March. English language cinema in Rome. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in this blockbuster musical which has received a record 14 Oscar nominations. Directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt. 18.30
8 March-7 Jan. This exhibition uses installations, models and artefacts to shed light on how the Colosseum was used in the centuries after the fall of the Roman empire. The show highlights the Colosseum’s hidden history, including recently-discovered evidence of a 12th-century fortress, which was built into the ruins by the powerful Frangipane family but collapsed
13 March. The Commonwealth Club of Rome marks Commonwealth Day with a luncheon on the panoramic covered rooftop terrace of the Hotel Savoy at 12.30 on Monday 13 March. The lunch will be preceded by a presentation of the Commonwealth theme for this year: A Peace-building Commonwealth. There will also be short presentations from several
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
9 March-30 April. The Rome International School (RIS) presents 75 rare archaeological finds, recovered by the special branch of the carabinieri, from 9 March until 30 April. Titled Rescuing our past to build our future, the exhibition is designed to raise awareness of the complexity, diversity and excellence of Italian heritage and the need to
25 Feb-25 March. Rome’s Capitoline Museums are staying open late every Saturday nights until 25 March, with live music, theatre, readings, food and art enlivening the museum’s exhibits. The ticket price is only €1, with late opening from 20.00 until midnight (last entry 23.00). The initiative takes place on 25 February, and 4, 11, 18
22 Feb-13 May. Galleria Lorcan O’Neill shows new and historic works by Italian abstract painter Giorgio Griffa, viewed as one of the most radical avant-garde artists working in Italy today. Born in Turin in 1936, Griffa participated in the Venice Biennale in 1978 and 1980, and has held exhibitions at prestigious galleries
7-17 March. Fans of French cinema will enjoy the eighth edition of Francofilm, the festival dedicated to francophone or French-language films, at the Institut Français Centre Saint-Louis. Films are screened in their original language, with subtitles in Italian, and there will be directors and actors present at the festival which is held in collaboration with
4 March-18 June. Exhibition displaying the Heroes cycle of paintings by Georg Baselitz, one of Europe’s most important contemporary artists, 50 years after he created the series aged 27. Baselitz’s unorthodox heroes are fragile, vulnerable, damaged, and include war-weary soldiers and struggling artists trying to find their place in post-war Germany.
21 Feb-15 March. Sala 1 presents an exhibition project with works by Vanessa M. Palomba, creator of the show, Michelle Rogers and Ayesha Sultana. The work of the three artists commemorates the victims of New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory when a fire in 1911 gutted the building killing 146 people who were locked inside, mainly Russian,
Rome’s Monk Club hosts a programme of concerts by numerous Italian and international acts during March. 2 March. Russian Circles 3 March. Gazzelle 3 March. Falty DL 4 March. Orchestraccia 5 March. Jazz Evidence: Tiziano Ruggeri Nonet 9 March. L.A. Witch 10 March. Manifesto We Are The Music Makers w/ COM TRUISE – CLAP CLAP
18 Feb-18 March. Leading Japanese Pop Surrealist Yosuke Ueno presents his fairytale universe of psychedelic landscapes, plants and animals. The Dorothy Circus Gallery specialises in international pop-surrealist art.
22 Feb-19 March. Exhibition dedicated to the Espansionismo art movement, which takes its inspiration from humanity and the relation between art and knowledge. The show focuses on the work of the movement’s founder, Marco Ambrosecchia, showing 35 paintings and sculptures by the Italian artist who was born in 1977.
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
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,
17 Feb-7 May. Exhibition showcasing two paintings by Daniele da Volterra (1509-1566), the Mannerist Italian artist who is best known for painting vestments and fig-leaves over genitals in Michelangelo’s Last Judgement fresco in the Sistine Chapel. The two works on display – Elijah in the desert and Madonna with Child, Sts Giovannino and Barbara – were
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Two candelabra vandalised at Pantheon on 26 March.
Two 18th-century wooden candelabra in Rome’s Pantheon were badly damaged after being thrown ...