23 May-15 Sept. Cultural festival comprising more than 100 events incorporating art, architecture, audiovisual, dance, literature, music and theatre, at museums and cultural sites in the Lazio region. Events take place throughout the summer at Palazzo Venezia, Castel S. Angelo and the Vittoriano in Rome, as well as the “Luoghi d’arte del Lazio” locations outside
8 June-30 Sept. The Polish Institute of Rome presents Nella città di Kazimierz Dolny, an exhibition by Jan Michalak, as part of the 15th edition of its annual Corso Polonia festival. Through oil paintings, sculptures and videos, Michalak captures the spirit of the small town in central Poland which has attracted artists, writers and poets since
9-14 June. English language cinema in Rome. Dead Men Tell No Tales. Captain Jack Sparrow returns to search for the trident of Poseidon. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem. 18.40, 20.10
3-30 June. Jonathan Grego’s work at the church of St Paul Within the Walls manages to be both serious and fun at the same time. Dada, Surrealist and Pop are obvious influences on this Rome-grown painter who now lives in France. But he also manages to get just the right title for each work. Take
17 May-22 Sept. The prestigious Accademia Nazionale di S. Luca presents a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Luigi Ontani, considered one of Italy’s most influential and innovative contemporary artists. The exhibition comprises some 60 works by Ontani, ranging from large performance photographs to his distinctive ceramic sculptures. Since the late 1960s Ontani has experimented with an
2 June-26 Nov. Art works retrieved by the special unit of Italy’s carabinieri police tasked with the tracking down and returning of artefacts removed from public and private collections. The exhibition is divided into three sections: works recovered after theft; works saved from earthquake-hit areas of central Italy; and the cultural damage caused by wars.
8 June-30 July. The Parione9 Gallery presents an exhibition by Italian Lowbrow artist Marco Rea who uses spray paint to transfigure a collection of fashion icons. Rea is known for his irreverent style which involves manipulating the faces of models in advertisements, forging new portraits that are both alluring and disturbing. Curated by Marta Bandini and
3 June-30 Sept. Night tours of the majestic Castello di S. Severa take place from 19.45-22.15 on select summer evenings until 30 September. The Italian-language tours provide a cultural and historic background to the recently-restored castle on S. Severa beach. The castle is situated less than 10km south from the popular resort of S. Marinella,
9 June-15 July. Dorothy Circus Gallery presents Yumei, the first European solo exhibition by Japanese artist Fuco Ueda who is known for her vibrant colours and rich imagination. Her latest works, which feature flora, fauna and female figures in a floating world, have been painted with the most natural materials including powdered mineral pigments. The
7 June-10 Sept. This annual festival is billed as the biggest sporting event of the Roman summer and always attracts large crowds of sporty types and health enthusiasts. The festival’s open air gym covers 33,000 sqm, is divided into 34 sections and provides classes in 106 sporting activities from aerobics to yoga, as well as
3-12 June. Vinòforum returns to Rome, showcasing some of the best Italian and international wines, and food, from 3-12 June. The 14th edition of the festival offers a series of culinary and wine-tasting events, from 40 temporary restaurants, at the Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz (Farnesina). Along with the chance to sample 2,500 varieties of
8 June-9 Sept. One of Rome’s most popular summer festivals, Gay Village celebrates its 16th edition with a programme of shows, live dj sets, theatre, film screenings and special guests. The 15,000-sqm venue is divided into three separate music areas offering Pop, House and Hits, and there are also stalls, bars and restaurants. For details
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
31 May-Sept. The 23rd edition of the summer festival that brings Latin American music, dance, food and culture to Rome. Each year Latin American dancers and singers take to the stage, providing over 100 hours of live music from Latin America’s diverse ethnic cultures. Highlights in June include Daddy Yankee (15 June), Los 4 (23 June)
26 May-29 July. One of the leading international artists of her generation, Rachel Whiteread won the Turner Prize in 1993 and four years later became the first female artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale. Her approach to sculpture is predicated on the translation of negative space into solid form, and her works explore
30 May-30 Sept. Exhibition of mosaics and works on paper by Shahzia Sikander at Galleria Valentina Bonomo. Sikander’s work includes drawing, video and digital animation, with diverse themes ranging from geopolitical changes and migration, to religion and human identity.
12 June-8 Sept. The Bioparco’s summer programme of educational and fun events for children aged between four and 12 is open from 12 June-8 Sept (with a break 12-27 Aug), Mon-Fri 08.30-16.30, for details see website.
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-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-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
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
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),
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.
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
20 May-1 Oct. Exhibition showcasing the “wonderful world” of Walter Guidobaldi, or Wal, and 50 of his fantasy works made of marble, bronze and terracotta. Wal is known for his sculptures – both monumental and tiny – featuring mischievous cherubs and animals such as owls, cats, rabbits, piglets and penguins.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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