Over the past years, Rome has tried to open up to the world by hosting numerous shows with works of international artists. They are dozens of exhibitions one can see each month in the eternal city and we did a selection for you: between artists more or less famous, here are our suggestions.
Frida Kahlo Exhibition.
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo started to paint at the age of 18, after a dramatic bus accident left her with her backbone, ribs and pelvis broken. She was forced to stay in bed for months and, spending a lot of time alone, she began to take herself and her wounded body as favourite subject for her painting. Her self-portraits are nowadays her most famous pieces and show the strength of a woman who suffered physically during her whole life and who could never have children.
Scuderie del Quirinale
20 March – 21 August 2014
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 – 20.00; Friday and Saturday: 10.00 – 22.30
Tickets: € 12,00 full price ; € 9,50 reduced price
Modigliani, Soutine and the Cursed artists. The Netter Collection.
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) spent the main part of his carrier in the Montmartre quarter of Paris during the roaring twenties, with other friend painters like Soutine, Utrillo or Kisling. Suffering from tuberculosis, alcoholic, he died very young and was always isolated and misunderstood by the followers of the popular style of the time because of his works characterised by stylized faces and tapered necks. It’s only after his death that the critics began to consider him as one of the greatest artist of the 20th century.
14 November 2013 – 6 June 2014
Opening times: Monday: 14.30 – 20.00; Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00
Tickets: € 13,00 full price ; € 11,00 reduced price
Musée d’Orsay. Masterpieces.
The impressionism movement was born during the second half of the 19th century in Paris and was very critised at its beginning. It started with the association of some artists who refused to submit to the official painting techniques dictated by the Royal Academy and decided to go out in the open air to choose their subjects. With the development of photography, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh and many others had no longer a point to reproduce reality and gave more importance to the instability of nature and to their momentary impressions, a theme which gave its name to the movement.
Complesso del Vittoriano
22 February – 8 June 2014
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9.30 – 19.30;
Friday and Saturday: 9.30 – 23.30; Sunday: 9.30 – 20.30
Tickets: € 12,00 full price ; € 9,00 reduced price
Mafai-Kounellis – The freedom of the painter
Mario Mafai (1902-1965) was the initiator, along with his wife Antonietta Raphaël, of the Scuola Romana: a group of artists tied together more by friendship than by any ideological manifesto. They were inspired by the European expressionism, a movement born in reaction to the French impressionism. The expressionists submitted reality to their changing mood and painted with violence, using aggressive colours and fragmented lines. On the other hand, the Greek painter and sculptor Kounellis, a representative of the Arte Povera, realised more items for this exhibition in order to showcase Mafai’s artworks.
Museo Carlo Bilotti
21 February – 1 June 2014
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 16.00; Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00
Tickets: € 8,00 full price; € 7,00 reduced price
Henri Cartier Bresson Exhibition.
The first passion of Henri Cartier Bresson (1908-2004) was painting, that’s why he frequented a lot of surrealist artists before the Second World War. He realized only later that photography and not painting could give him what he wanted: “to fix a fraction of reality”. The photojournalism pioneer then traveled in the whole world and created his own photography agency. He was later to be called the “eye of the century” because of his long carrier which allowed him to observe so many events of the 20th century.
Museo dell’Ara Pacis
25 September 2014 – 6 June 2015
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 – 19.00
Tickets: € 9,00 full price ; € 7,00 reduced price
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