Top 10 summer exhibitions in Rome

Wanted in Rome's guide to ten of the most interesting exhibitions in Rome this summer.

1. Olivo Barbieri: Images 1978-2014

Major retrospective dedicated to the work of important contemporary Italian artist and photographer Olivo Barbieri at the MAXXI.


2. Arte della Civiltà Islamica

More than 300 pieces from Kuwait’s al-Sabah Collection, one of the most important collections of Middle Eastern art in the world, at Palazzo Venezia.


3. Fan Zeng: La Sinfonia delle Civilità

Works by Chinese artist Fan Zeng in celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and China, at the Vittoriano.

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4. Elisa Montessori: Bamboo

Recent works by well-known Italian artist Elisa Montessori, inspired by bamboo plants, at Villa Torlonia. 


5. Arte e Sacro: Yves Klein, Sidival Fila e Tito

Three interconnecting exhibitions by three artists from different nationalities, generations and styles: Yves Klein, Sidival Fila and Tito, at the Museo Carlo Bilotti. 


6. Bengt Kristenson. Vibrazioni dal nord al sud

Paintings, drawings and wood carving showcasing the diverse career of the late Swedish artist Bengt Kristenson at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM). 


7. Oppo: Pittura, Disegno, Scenografia

Works by Rome painter Cipriano Oppo who was part of the capital’s Scuola Romana art movement in the 1930s, at Musei di Villa Torlonia.


8. Arturo Noci: Figure e ritratti degli anni romani

Small but significant exhibition dedicated to Roman painter Arturo Noci from his early days up to his departure for the US in 1923, at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma on Via Francesco Crispi.


9. Buona da guardare

Veteran Italian photographer Mario Carbone documents the role of food in society, at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere. 


10. Corporate Art: L’azienda come oggetto d’arte

Exhibition investigating the relationship between the worlds of art and business, at GNAM.