19 May-10 Sept. The Capitoline Museums displays a beautiful fragment from Renaissance master Pintoricchio’s recently-rediscovered pictorial cycle in the Vatican’s Borgia apartments, next to the celebrated Baby Jesus of the Hands. Born in Perguia in 1454, Bernardino di Betto acquired the nickname Pintoricchio (“little painter”) thanks to his small stature. He died in Siena in
26 April-30 Sept. The Galleria Alessandra Bonomo presents the latest works by Alessandro Twombly who is known for his colourful, expressionistic images of flora. The new creations by the artist, son of the late American abstractionist Cy Twombly, include a bronze sculpture and works on canvas and paper in oil and gouache depict mirage-like natural
19 May-17 Sept. The Galleria Nazionale presents a selection of works from the ”la Caixa” collection of contemporary art, which was founded in 1985 by Spain’s ”la Caixa” banking foundation and now comprising more than 900 pieces. The works on display are by a diverse group of international artists including Fernanda Fragateiro, Donald Judd, Agnes
19 May-16 June. The Brazilian embassy to Italy in Piazza Navona hosts Parque Lage, the first solo exhibition in Rome by Lucio Salvatore, an Italian artist based in Rio de Janeiro where he has held several major shows in recent years. Curated by Fernando Cocchiarale, the exhibition includes 25 paintings, installations and different applications on
19 May. Wanted in Rome editor Mary Wilsey Venturini, a long-standing member of the Rome Committee of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, reflects on her recent experience volunteering at a refugee centre in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, during a talk at the Keats-Shelley House at 18.30 on Friday 19 May. Titled Mediterranean Migration: From Ithaca
18-24 May. English language cinema in Rome. Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed. Directed by Oren Moverman, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. Nuovo Olimpia 17.15, 20.00, 22.30
18-24 May. English language cinema in Rome. The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a deadly threat, and must attempt a harrowing escape. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup. Barberini 15.30, 17.45, 20.10, 22.30 Lux 22.30 20-21 May ONLY 14.00, 22.30
18-24 May. English language cinema in Rome. Once Arthur pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. Directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law and Aiden Gillen. Barberini 15.30, 17.50, 20.15, 22.30
17 May-2 July. Charles Ray: Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog. At the invitation of the American Academy, leading US sculptor Charles Ray has created a new work exploring the theme of “American Classics.” Ray revisits the Hellenistic sculptural group Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, transposing it to a Californian wilderness, home to
19 May. The Swiss Institute at Villa Maraini will host an evening of music and art on Friday 19 May, from 18.30 until midnight. The institute’s gardens will welcome three music groups and a dj set, in an event dedicated to the Swiss music scene. The line-up includes a cappella vocal group The Glue; the
19-21 May. Eataly is holding a Street Food Festival at its Ostiense base from 19-21 May. The three-day festival features varieties of Italian street food such as supplì and filetto di baccalà, as well as international cuisine, icecream and craft beer. In addition there are cooking courses, for adults and children, and live music. For
14 May, 19-21 May. Mitsuko Uchida performs for Accademia S. Cecilia In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph Mitsuko Uchida said “I have reached the age when I can step back. I don’t have to run around giving 120 concerts a year – 50 is enough for me.” So S. Cecilia is fortunate to
12 May-9 July. Urbanist, historian and author of Roma moderna, Italo Insolera was also a photographer whose 50 images on display at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere document developments in city life in Rome between the immediate post-war period and the 1980s.
13 May-26 Nov. Under the title Viva Arte Viva, the 2017 edition of the prestigious Venice Biennale is curated by Christine Macel. This year’s theme is described as “an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist”, according to Macel who has been chief curator at the Musée national d’art moderne –
5 May-23 July. A retrospective spanning half a century of works by the French-born American artist Arman (1928-2005). Part painter, part sculptor, Arman is best known for his “accumulations” and destruction/recomposition of objects, with 70 such examples on display in this exhibition at Palazzo Cipolla.
29 April-10 Sept. This digital art exhibition explores the common ground shared by the creative arts and science. The dynamic show combines disciplines as diverse as robotics, information visualisation, sculpting with ferrofluids and painting with light. On display are works by Paul Friedlander (UK), Esteban Diácono (Argentina), Can Buyukberber (USA), Sachiko Kodama (Japan),
10-30 May. The Accademia Maestrod’olio presents a course offering insights into extra-virgin olive oil, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, on various evenings between 10 and 30 May. The course offers participants the chance to sample “extravergine di eccellenza” and discover the secrets behind high-quality olive oil. For full details see Maestrod’olio Facebook page.
19-21 May. The seventh edition of the Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio is held on the roof gardens of Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica from 19-21 May. The three-day festival dedicated to gardening, landscape gardening, designer gardens and terraces has exhibitors throughout its 20,000-sqm outdoor space. Visitors to the family-friendly
19-30 May. Directed by South Africa’s William Kentridge This is certain to be a popular choice for all Rome opera goers in this production of Berg’s opera directed by William Kentridge, a co-production with three top international opera companies, The Metropolitan New York, the English National Theatre and the Nationale Opera Amsterdam. Kentridge’s direction and
4 May-2 July. The French Academy – Villa Medici presents One Day I Broke A Mirror, an exhibition by Yoko Ono and Claire Tabournet, as part of the academy’s Giovedì della Villa programme involving personalities from the world of art and culture each Thursday. The French Academy and its grounds will host 13 works by
6 May-13 June. Nero Gallery presents Ebb and Flow, the first solo exhibition in Italy by the English artist Craww. The show comprises a collection of paintings and drawings of fantasy women and animal creatures, focusing on themes such as nature, metamorphosis, darkness and light. The exhibition opens on Saturday 6 May at 20.00.
4 May-10 June. MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea presents Intimacies and Parodies, the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of Roman artist Lucia Crisci. The 11 exhibited works hail from three different collections: Portraits; Actions; and Papers, demonstrating Crisci’s merging of fabric with photographic and paper elements. Curated by Daina Maja Titonel, the exhibition opens
7 May-1 Oct. MACRO celebrates “40 years of Street Art and Writing” with a large-scale exhibition comprising work by some of the most important Italian and international artists associated with the movement. The exhibition inauguration, featuring live dj sets, takes place on Saturday 6 May from 20.30 until midnight, with €12 admission charge, for details
6 May-4 June. Galleria Varsi presents Mercy, the first Italian show by Evoca1, a Miami-based figurative painter from the Dominican Republic. The artist is known for his large-scale murals representing scenes of human conflict. Since opening in 2013, Varsi has established itself as a dynamic and well-organised gallery that hosts regular exhibitions by noted Italian and
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
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
28 April-28 May. Each year an independent jury at the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam selects images for this prestigious recognition of international photojournalism. This year’s winning photograph was taken by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici for his image An Assassination in Turkey, showing the moment seconds afer an off-duty policeman shot Russia’s ambassador
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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