Rome's municipal modern art gallery on Via Francesco Crispi presents a new exhibition of over 100 postcard-sized paintings that celebrate the capital, from 17 July to 28 October. Entitled "100 sguardi su Roma", the show comprises works by famous as well as less well-known artists, with all the paintings hailing from the collections of Rome-based financial institution BNL.
The first part of the exhibition includes 54 paintings by important artists such as De Chirico, Guttuso, De Pissi and Mafai who, between 1946 and 1948, were commissioned by writer and playwright Cesare Zavattini to record views of Rome using a 26x20cm format.
The second collection features the work of contemporary artists and was commissioned by BNL in 2000. Echoing the initiative of Zavattini, a selection of new painters set about recording Rome, sticking to the 26x20cm format. Some of these artists also had work included in the collection from half a century before, such as Ugo Attardi, Titina Maselli, Arnoldo Ciarrocchi and Renzo Vespignani.
The municipal gallery reopened to the public in late 2011 for the first time since its closure for restoration in 2003. Its 3,000-piece collection stretches from the 19th-century until world war two.