Cross The Streets

7 May-15 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 mo...

Luigi Ontani

17 May-25 Nov. The prestigious Accademia Nazionale di S. Luca presents a retrospective of the work of Luigi Ontani, considered one of Italy's most innovative contemporary artists.  The exhibition com...

Visioni Geometriche

23 June-26 Nov. MACRO presents the fifth installment in the series of exhibitions comprising works from its collection. The show includes around 25 paintings and sculptures, dating from the early 1960...

Imperdibile Marilyn

16 May-5 Nov. More than 400 objects that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe offer a glimpse into the private life of the enigmatic Hollywood actress.

Silvia Codignola: Autobiografia della madre

17 June-22 Oct. Rome-based artist Silvia Codignola's exhibition of 40 paintings, drawings and sculptures focuses on the relationship between mother and baby, examining the newborn's journey into child...

Shakespeare at Rome's Globe Theatre

22 June-15 Oct. This summer’s Shakespearean programme at Rome’s Silvano Toti Globe Theatre runs for four months and includes an English-language performance. The festival is once again under the artis...

ArtFutura: Creature Digitali

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 visualisat...

Teatro dell'Opera at the Baths of Caracalla

28 June-9 August. There are three operas in the Teatro dell'Opera summer season at the Baths of Caracalla for a total of 23 evenings, seven more than last year. Bizet's Carmen (28 June-4 Aug) is this...

Gay Village

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-s...

S. Ivo alla Sapienza concerts

13 July-12 Aug. Once again this year there will be concerts in the beautiful setting of the courtyard of S. Ivo alla Sapienza, just across Corso Rinascimento from Piazza Navona. The programme, organis...

Swimming is Saving

14 July-17 Sept. The French Academy – Villa Medici presents an exhibition bringing together the various interdisciplinary projects of the academy's 15 fellows.   OKT-Gypsotheque  Curated by Chiara...

English language films in Rome

13-19 July. English language cinema in Rome. Films in original language with Italian subtitles are being shown in two Rome cinemas - the Lux and Intrastevere - each night at 18.00 and 21.30, until 19...

Festival Internazionale di Danza contemporanea: Fuori Programma

9-26 July. A selection of contemporary Italian and European dance extends the ordinary season of Teatro Vascello into the summer. 9 July. Kova – Geographic tools, choreography by Marcos Morau with th...

Two shows at Rome's Galleria Nazionale

26 June-24 Sept. The Galleria Nazionale presents two exhibitions running concurrently until September: /Uncinematic features a selection of films made between 2005 and 2014 by the Greek artist George...

Original language movie series at Rome's Nuovo Olimpia

10-23 July. Rome's Nuovo Olimpia cinema, off Via del Corso, presents a programme of original-language films each day from 10-23 July.  The movies, all from last season, range from Shakespearean title...

Memorie Urbane: From Wall to the Gallery

4-28 July. The sixth edition of Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival is showcased with a collective street art show at dMake Art in the Monti district of Rome, from 4-28 July. Entitled From Wall to t...

Daniele Tamagni: Another Look

6 July-16 Sept. Daniele Tamagni's photographs on the theme of youth fashion and counterculture in the urban centres of modern-day Africa are shown at the Cembalo Gallery.   [caption id="att...

Contatto: Sentire le pitture con le mani

28 June-1 Oct. A small, tactile exhibition at Palazzo Braschi encourages the seeing and non-seeing to experience four famous works of art whose images have been especially transformed into three-dimen...

Siron Franco at Rome’s Brazilian embassy

28 June-21 July. The Brazilian embassy to Italy in Piazza Navona hosts Attenzione Fragile, an exhibition by Brazilian artist Siron Franco featuring works that examine the fragility of modern-day human...

Outdoor chess in Rome

29 June-15 Oct. Scacchi in città provides chess players with a "social, educational and inclusive" outdoor environment in which to play with fellow devotees of the game. Organised by the Italian Ch...

Summertime at Casa del Jazz

21 June-7 Aug. The summer jazz festival at Rome’s Casa del Jazz offers concerts by important Italian and international acts over six weeks in the Caracalla area of the city. The line-up includes Ch...

Arazzeria Pennese

23 June-3 Sept. The tapestries on display in this exhibition include works by Giacomo Balla and Afro, alongside new creations by contemporary artists Alberto Di Fabio, Matteo Nasini, Marco Tirelli and...

Hollywood Icons: Photographs by John Kobal Foundation

24 June-17 Sept. This exhibition of photographs from the John Kobal Foundation sheds light on the photographers whose images were essential in transforming Hollywood actors into stars. The show is...

From Duchamp to Cattelan

28 June-29 Oct. For the second consecutive year the Palatine hill hosts an outdoor exhibition of contemporary art between now and the end of October. This convergence of ancient and contemporary u...

In Musica

24 June-2 Sept. The In Musica progamme, part of the ArtCity summer cultural festival, comprises nine concerts by top-class musicians at museums and archaeological sites in Rome and across the Lazio re...

Sally Mann: Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington

22 June–8 Sept. American photographer Sally Mann documents the Virginia studio of her friend and mentor, Cy Twombly, the Rome-based American artist who died in 2011. Mann’s poetic images, in both...

Ostkreuz

24 June-17 Sept. Retrospective telling the history of the photo agency Ostkreuz, founded in 1990 by photographers from East Germany in the immediate aftermath of reunification, and today the most cele...

Spanish Royal Academy: Processi 144

22 June-1 Sept. The 144th anniversary of the Real Academia de España en Roma is celebrated with an exhibition by the academy's 24 current resident artists and researchers. Entitled Processi 144 the...

Effetto Notte 2 at Casa del Cinema

21 June-6 Sept. The second edition of the summer festival at Rome’s Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese is once again outdoor and free. The Effetto Notte 2 programme comprises Italian and internation...

Luglio Suona Bene

17 June-3 Aug. In the 15 years since the inauguration of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, this musical initiative has gained a sturdy reputation for the quality and variety of its programme with con...

Piranesi: La fabbrica dell’utopia

16 June-15 Oct. Palazzo Braschi presents more than 200 prints by architect and engraver Giovan Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), known for his masterful understanding of perspective and the almost three-...

ARTCITY

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....

Yona Friedman: Mobile Architecture, People's Architecture

23 June-29 Oct. Exhibition of models, drawings and installations by Yona Friedman, the Hungarian-born French architect, urban planner and designer who was influential in the late 1950s and early 1960s...

Giancarlo Limoni: Il giardino del tempo

21 June-17 Sept. Exhibition featuring 25 large paintings created between 1980 and 2017 by Giancarlo Limoni who belonged to the Nuova Scuola Romana, an art movement which brushed aside 1980s trends of...

Jan Michalak: Nella città di Kazimierz Dolny

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 p...

Il Giardino Ritrovato

24 June-17 Sept. This cultural festival returns for the second summer with 19 events comprising art, music, dance, theatre and lectures in the setting of the gardens of Palazzo Venezia, with seating f...

Gehard Demetz at MACRO

23 June-10 Sept. Italian artist Gehard Demetz is known for his skilfully-crafted wooden sculptures of morose adolescents and children. His mysterious works often have "missing" pieces, raising var...

Summer book sale at S. Susanna Library

21 June-27 July. The next book sale at Rome's S. Susanna English-language lending library takes place from 21 June to 27 July, with book prices starting from 50 cent. Books can be bought during the...

Rome’s International Literature Festival

20 June-21 July. Letterature – Festival Internazionale di Roma returns to its traditional venue at the Basilica di Massenzio in the Roman Forum, taking place over eight evenings from 20 June-21 July....

Isola del Cinema

17 June-3 Sept. Now in its 23rd year, this quality cinema event lights up the Isola Tiberina in the middle of the river Tiber each evening over the summer. Under the title Roma città creative, the...

La bellezza ritrovata. Arte negata e riconquistata

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 exhib...

Marco Rea: Destroy with care

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 s...

Castello sotto le stelle

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 histori...

Balkan Party

15 June-29 July. MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea presents Balkan Party, the first Roman exhibition of three emerging Balkan painters: Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, Tadija Janicic and Marija Sevic. Curated...

Zaha Hadid in Italy

23 June-28 Jan. MAXXI hosts an exhibition dedicated to the Italian projects of the late architect Zaha Hadid, including the recently-opened Terminal Marittimo in Salerno, the Messner Mountain Museum i...

Villa Ada: Roma incontra il Mondo

30 June-9 Aug. The 24th edition of Rome’s annual world music festival returns to the shores of the little lake in the gardens of Villa Ada this summer. The event, whose name translates as “Rome me...

Mondofitness

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...

Pintoricchio: Pittore della Borgia

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 celebr...

?FIESTA!

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 ov...

Rachel Whiteread at Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

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 th...

Shahzia Sikander

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 fr...

Alessandro Twombly at Galleria Alessandra Bonomo

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, s...

Conversation Piece

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 comp...

Postepay Sound Rock in Roma

23 June-2 Aug. Postepay Sound Rock in Roma is a major summer-long event dedicated to rock music, taking place from 23 June to 2 August. Since it began in 2009, the event has hosted over 1.5 million fa...

Venice Biennale 2017: Viva Arte Viva

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...

Arman 1954-2005

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 d...

Il meraviglioso mondo di Wal

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 mo...

I Fori dopo i Fori

30 March-10 Sept. Illustrating the history of the Imperial Fora after the fall of the Roman empire, based on the findings of excavations carried out over the last 25 years.

Light shows at Roman Forum by night

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 Novembe...

MAXXI: Piero Gilardi: Nature Forever

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. Cent...

Alfredo Pirri: i pesci non portano fucili

12 April-3 Sept. The first retrospective dedicated to Rome-based artist Alfredo Pirri whose work ranges from painting, sculpture, works on paper and environmental works.

Casa di Goethe: Punti di Vista

22 March-15 Oct. 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 f...

Stanze d’artista: Capolavori del ‘900 italiano

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. Th...

Da Caravaggio a Bernini

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 S...

Archaeology exhibition of recovered items at Rome International School

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...

Jean-Michel Basquiat: New York City

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...

Spartacus: Slaves and Masters in Rome

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 Re...

Colosseo: Un'icona

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 Col...

Rome's MAXXI partners with Milan Triennale

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 t...

Time is Out of Joint

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....

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