22 April-7 May. A newly-discovered sketch by Michelangelo is on display at Rome’s Capitoline Museums until 7 May. The pencil and pen work by the Renaissance genius was found hidden behind his drawing The Sacrifice of Isaac during a recent restoration in Florence. Michelangelo’s sketch, described by Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini as “an extraordinary find”, features
22-25 April. The Primavera della Landriana, the annual garden fair and horticultural sale, takes place at the Landriana gardens south of Rome from 22-25 April, from 10.00-19.00. The ten-hectare gardens were created in the 1950s by owner Marchesa Lavinia Taverna Gallarati Scotti with the help of Russell Page. Now considered the most important
21-23 April. The eighth edition of Floracult, the popular floral and amateur gardening festival, takes place in the La Storta area of north Rome from 21-23 April, from 10.00-19.00. Dozens of exhibitors participate in the four-day festival which brings together Italy’s horticultural experts and the latest gardening trends. Ample parking and free shuttle bus
22 April. Rome’s Fonderie Sonore, a school for electronic music producers and audio engineers, is holding Intro to Hip Hop Production, a free workshop conducted entirely in English by Charles Burchell. The takes place at 15.30 on Saturday 22 April at the school’s base on Via Vincenzo Brunacci 10 in the Ponte Marconi area of
21-26 April. English language cinema in Rome. A new adaptation of the classic Disney fairytale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Directed Bill Condon, sarring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. 16.00, 18.30
21-26 April. English language cinema in Rome. The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. Directed by Theodore Melfi, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner. Fiamma 21.00 Cinema dei Piccoli 22.15
21 April-18 June. The municipal rose garden located on the eastern side of the Aventine hill reopens on 21 April, on the occasion of Rome’s birthday, and can be visited daily from 08.30-19.30, until 18 June. The Roseto Comunale is home to 1,000 different varieties of rose and is free of charge. However the gardens
22 April. The American University of Rome is holding an Open Day at its campus on the Janiculum hill on Saturday 22 April, from 11.00-15.00. Visitors will have the chance to experience life at the AUR by meeting professors and students, exploring the campus and its academic departments, and learning about the range of undergraduate
20 April-30 June. Guided tours of the gardens at Rome’s Japanese Cultural Institute are open to small groups of people during the mornings and afternoons on Tues, Thurs, Fri, and on Sat mornings. The visits are free and bookings can only be made by telephone. To reserve your place tel. 0694844655 but bear in mind
13 April-12 Nov. Two outdoor spectacles with music, light projections and historical commentary will be held at the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus every night from 13 April until 12 November. The Viaggio nei Fori initiative attracted 140,000 spectators last year, according to the city. Full details can be
8 April-2 July. Exhibition dedicated to the human body and its organs, muscles and skeletal system. The highlight of the 350 exhibits is the series of 12 entire bodies immortalised in a variety of sporting positions, such as running and jumping, demonstrating how our muscles and tendons work. The exhibition also provides anatomical insights into
12-23 April. The Teatro Sistina celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Italian version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. This production features Ted Neeley who starred in the 1973 film version by Norman Jewison, with live music performed by an orchestra. The hugely-successful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has been entertaining
13 April-15 Oct. This exhibition by Piero Gilardi offers a critical examination of today’s society of consumption and technology, highlighting the complex relationship between man and nature. Centred around themes such as ecology, artistic research, and social and political commitment, the exhibition comprises significant works spanning the Turin artist’s 50-year career in art and activism.
Project Rome is holding two fundraising events in April with proceeds going towards its mission to help feed Rome’s homeless. On 12 April an Italian theatre group is performing a benefit production entitled Una Situazione Complicata, at the Crowne Plaza Rome, Via Antica Aurelia. The play, a comedy face, is described as easy to follow
8 April-31 May. The White Noise Gallery in Rome’s S. Lorenzo district presents Stand By, an exhibition by British artist Lee Madgwick, from 8 April until 31 May. The exhibition comprises nine large-scale paintings by Madgwick whose trademark style juxtaposes abandoned, derelict urban scenes – stationary or suspended – against strangely ominous landscapes. For
22-23 April. Arts in English is holding auditions for Pygmalion, The Musical, between 15.30 and 18.30 on 22-23 April at Ostia Danza, Via Cardinal Ginnasi 12, Ostia. The production will be staged in Rome in December and the company is casting for the following: Eliza Doolittle: London flower seller. Playing age 25+. Singer. Professor Henry
22 March-24 Sept. Punti di Vista (Points of View) is an exhibition by German photographer Kerstin Schomburg who, during the summer of 2015, followed in the footsteps of important landscape artist and friend of Goethe, Jakob Philipp Hackert (1737-1807). Schomburg uses her camera to provide a modern version of Hackert’s celebrated scenes of Rome, including
14 April-1 Oct. As the subheading Capolavori del ‘900 italiano suggests, this exhibition at Rome’s municipal art gallery focuses on Italian masterpieces from the first half of the 20th century. The 60 paintings, sculpture and prints on display are by 12 of Italy’s most important artists from the era: Mario Sironi, Arturo Martini, Ferruccio Ferrazzi, Giorgio
14 April-30 July. Under the subheading Masterpieces of the Italian Seicento from the Spanish Royal Collection, this blockbuster exhibition reflects the close political and cultural links between the Spanish court and the Italian states during the 17th century. The exhibited paintings and sculptures were exchanged as diplomatic gifts from Italian rulers keen to earn the
8 April-10 June. The z2o Sara Zanin Gallery presents Eternal Garden, an exhibition of bronze and brass casts, embroidery and ghostly images by Russian artist Evgeny Antufiev. The latest series of works by Antufiev is centred around the Russian novelist Nabokov and his passion for butterflies, examining themes such as metamorphosis, rebirth and ephemerality. The Moscow-based
29 March-27 May. Rome’s Sala 1 gallery stages an exhibition of the latest works by Nina Bovasso whose art represents “the new generation of New York”. Informed and inspired by various movements including Abstract Expressionism and Arte Povera, Bovasso’s work offers an “unstable harmony” between canvas, collage and assemblage. Works on display include thick clippings
6-29 April. MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea presents The Beyond and The Other, a collective exhibition of six photographs and three paintings by Italian artists Veronica Della Porta, Olivier Fermariello, and Gianfranco Toso, from 6-29 April. Della Porta’s black-and-white photographs bypass the bustle of daily life to focus on the silent, vibrant presence of architectural shapes.
9 March-30 April 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 preserve it, avoiding loss
30 March-27 April. Il Lavatoio Contumaciale and the Fondazione Filiberto Menna present Elogio della Fragilità, featuring the work of artists Elena Bellantoni, Davide Dormino and Oscar Turco who each confront the theme of fragility. The exhibition, a fruitful alliance between art and literature, is inspired by the book Elogio della Fragilità (Praise of Fragility) by
24 March-2 July. The Chiostro del Bramante pays tribute to New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose colourful and controversial career was cut short in 1988 after a heroin overdose at the age of 27. Comprising around 100 pieces from the Mugrabi Collection, the exhibition examines Basquiat’s relationship with his native city as well as exploring
31 March-17 Sept. The Ara Pacis uses 250 archaeological finds to examine the complex history of slavery in ancient Rome, with particular focus on the slave revolt led by Spartacus against the Roman Republic between 73 and 71 BC.
17 March-18 June. The Museo di Roma in Trastevere displays 120 black and white photographs by the American street photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009). Exhibition organisers say the show is designed to give a greater insight into the life and career of the mysterious Maier who took around 150,000 photographs in her spare time while working
15 March-11 June. Palazzo Barberini presents six works by three Venetian Renaissance masters – Lorenzo Lotto, Girolamo Savoldo and Giovanni Cariani – on loan from the Metropolitan in New York, the Louvre, Prado, and the Accademia Carrara di Bergamo. The exhibition concentrates on the paintings’ use of scarlet, a highly-prized colour in the Middle Ages,
16 March-1 July. The Swiss Institute of Rome presents Stockage, a solo exhibition by leading Swiss artist John M Armleder, at the institute’s Villa Maraini building. The exhibition comprises a collection of works that span Armleder’s long career which includes participation in the Fluxus movement, in addition to some site-specific creations.
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
16 March-15 May. The Galleria Valentina Bonomo presents a solo exhibition by Irene Kung, the third show by the Swiss artist the gallery in the Jewish ghetto. The latest exhibition by Kung, who trained as a painter but has recently expanded her repertoire to incorporate photography, includes serene images of city life in India, Russia and Rome.
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
16 March-30 June. The Bioparco holds a fun exhibition entitled La cacca: storia naturale dell’innominabile (Poop: nature’s unspeakable story) which examines the vital role of “cacca” in the world’s eco-system. In Italian and English. For details see website.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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