Rome's newest art museum celebrates first year

Palazzo Merulana marks first anniversary in Rome.

Rome's Palazzo Merulana, a museum hosting the important early 20th-century art collection of the Cerasi Foundation, celebrates its first birthday with live music, performance and video art, on Friday 31 May.

The city-owned building on Via Merulana 121 – once the home of Rome's health offices – opened in May 2018 after undergoing a €5 million three-year restoration.

The collection of Claudio and Elena Cerasi comprises 90 works, much of it created between the two world wars, including paintings from the Scuola Romana movement.

The collection includes paintings and sculpture by artists such as Balla, Boetti, Cambellotti, de Chirico, Casorati, Donghi, Mafai, Pirandello, Raphaël, Schifano and Severini.

The museum is currently hosting an exhibition of paintings by Giacomo Balla, considered Italy's foremost exponent of Futurism, until 17 June.

For details of birthday celebrations see Palazzo Merulana website.

Photo courtesy Palazzo Merulana