Art Exhibitions in Rome



Spring in Rome marks the beginning of a few important exhibitions, that at Scuderie del Quirinale being dedicated to the French artist Henri Matisse.
“Matisse. Arabesque” focuses on a particular aspect of the painter’s production, that is the so called “arabesque” motif, a type of decorative pattern either geometric or undulating which eriches a great number of Matisse’s works. The inspiration to include this kind of element derives from Matisse interest in Oriental cultures, with which he came across during some journeys and during his staying in Paris as well, a multicultural centre since long before his time.
The exhibit will be open until June 21st: from Sunday to Thursday 10am – 8pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 10.30pm. Monday closed. Ticktes range from € 6 to € 12.
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On 6-7-8 December 2014 Rome’s museums will ensure special surprises even to those who are less keen to visit them. For three days all city museums will be protagonists of exciting events, which we have shortlisted for you just below:
Saturday 6 December: “Music at the Museums”. Dance & music performances all night long (from8pm to 2am) at Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, MACRO, MACRO Testaccio, Mercati di Traiano, Castel Sant’Angelo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Scuderie del Quirinale and many more. Admission will be free (to both the event & the museum collection), or alternatively €1 will be requested as symbolic donation.
Sunday 7 December: “National Archaeology Day”. Depositories & other sections normally closed will be open and shown through guided tours.
This day no admssion fee at State Museums (while free entrance at City Museums will be riserved to residents only).
Monday 8 December: special opening of all City Museums which are normally closed on Mondays.
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The current exhibit at Castel Sant’Angelo is entirely dedicated to the Popes who – between ‘500 and ‘600 – made of Rome the capital of Christian world throughout sponsoring works of art: that was the time indeed when art started to be considered as a precious vehicle to spread Christian religion. All major artists gathered in the Eternal City to beautify it with paintings and sculptures which we can admire till today. Many of them are now on display in the Popes’ fortress on the Tiber river: works by Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, just to name a few.
Castel Sant’Angelo Museum is open Tue – Sun from 9am to 7pm. The exhibit has been extended to 11 January 2015. Contact to get more information on the exhibit and to find the most suitable accommodation to you!

Michelangelo, the Universal Artist at the Capitoline Museums in Rome

250px-Michelangelo-Buonarroti1On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti the Capitoline Museums will organize an exhibition that, through some crucial themes of his poetry, offers an overview the life and work of this titan of art of all time. The exhibition is marked by a series of ‘opposing’ themes which intend to highlight the complexity of the design and execution of the works of this “universal artist.” In addition to the comparison of drawings, paintings, sculptures, architectural models, the project therefore provides an in-depth selection of autograph writings, including letters and rhymes.


Where: Capitoline Museums
When: Capitoline hill (Campidoglio), Rome.
How to get there: Subway station Colosseo (can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes using the B subway line.

Empire State: A Homage From One Empire to Another


Rome was once the capital of the world: it was to the classic world what New York is to us, so it’s no surprise that the upcoming exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is dedicated one of the most lively culture scenes in the world.

The curators, Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld know very well the New Yorker artistic milieu and will bring works from both well-known names like Jeff Koons and up-and-coming fihures like Moyra Davey’s.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is located at Via Nazionale 194, just a short walk away from Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel; Empire State will be open to the public until July 2.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: “It’s Complicated”

kahlo_tehuanaYou would be hard-pressed to find  works of art that are more poignant than the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo. They reveal an inner life  that’s rich but also terribly painful, and understantandably so: her life was marked by suffering both physical and emotional.

The cause of Kahlo’s physical pain was a congenital conditon (probably spina bifida) and an accident that left her bed-ridden for long periods of time. As for the emotional pain, the  main culprit was Diego Rivera, a towering figure of Mexican art whose complicated relationship with Kahlo included at some point an affair with her sister.

Infidelity not withstanding, the painters were deeply in love and found inspiration in both the affection and the pain they caused each other, a unique phenomenon in the history of art whose intimate workings are explored in a free photographic expostition at the Cervantes Institute at Navona Square 91.

The exhibition is open Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, until March 10.

If you are planning a visit to Rome and you would like to visit the exhibition, send me a line with the code FRIDA, and we’ll offer you a 10% discount off our list prices for your accommodation in Rome.

The Bruegel Dinasty at the Chiostro del Bramante


It appears that being the son or daughter of a famous artists isn’t easy, that’s why we don’t find in art many examples of artistic dinasties. One the happy exceptions are the Bruegels, a family of Flemish painters whose work will be on display at the Chiostro del Bramante Museum until June 3, 2013.

The exhibition follows  the four generations of Bruegels drawing a parallel beetwen their artistic evolution and the  vicisitudes of their personal lives. To the contemporary eye the work of the Bruegel dinasty might appear odd at times; it uses the same moralistic and sometimes grotesque perspective used by Hyeronimus Bosch, a contemporary of the Bruegels whose surreal slant is greatly appreciated by modern painters.

The Chiostro del Bramante is open everyday from 10:00 until 20:00 (until 21:00 Saturdays and Sundays). To reach the museum from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, go to the station Termini, take the bus 64 for for 10 stops and then get off at Corso Vittorio Emanuele/ Navona.

Latinamente: The Best of Contemporary Latin American Art in Rome

12339-BARTUS_BARTOLOMES_gra-1From October the 5th and until November the 2nd, people visiting Rome will have the chance to admire the most recent developments in contemporary art in Latin America with the exhibition Latinamente.

Contemporary art in South America has had in recent years a great development. In addition to the macro-Brazilian continent, many of the other Latin countries saw the flourishing academies, museums and research environments at the level of the leading countries of the art market. This exhibition, organized by the gallery Closeup LivinGallery of Lecce, and curated by Dores Sacquegna, is a magnifying glass on the today’s art scene in Venezuela and many other countries and is part of a touring exhibition that took other steps to Lecce, Bari and Naples and which aims to acquaint the Italian audience this fascinating world poised between the language of modernity and the links with tradition.

The exhibition features nine artists who experiment with forms and genres very different. Among the Best-known names are Bartus Bartolomes whose ouvre is centered on new iconography and symbolism of  visual contemporary art. Ricardo B. Sanchez, architect and photographer, who works on the concepts of identity and migration. Jose Coronel, also a designer and graphic artist, performs large murals and has had many major retrospective exhibitions. His works (sculpture and painting) plays with the light in the labyrinth joints of color and transparency. Domingo De Lucia, Italian-American, who emigrated to Venezuela, and is president of the Fundación Atenea ArtQuímia in Caracas and member of the “Grupo Provisional” an association of artists working in the field of art and culture.
Among the “young” we have Astolfo Funes, whose works are in important private and public collections around the world and the photographer Paola Puppio Zingg with its magical realism.

Katiuska Gonzales, Ytaelena Lopez who also work with video and installation. Submissions also showcase other artists such as Sandra Garcia Pardo, born in Colombia, which in recent years has collaborated with Bartus Bartolomes and included in the project as a “Visiting Artist”.

You’ll visit the colosseum? The exhibition is very near to the colosseum and if you don’t know  our hotel is only 25 min walk from there. (The Office Contemporary art, Via Ostilia 31, near the Colosseum)

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Robert Doisneau, a Parisian in Rome


If you don’t know Robert Doiseneau we are sure you know the image illustrating this post.

Doisneau is a legendary photographer, famous for his special relationship with Paris and his keen eye for the unusual. “I don’t photograph life as it is, but life as I would like it to be”, he said once.

Given Doisneau’s knack for the surreal is almost ironic that his most famous image is  touching but at the same time  ordinary and as old as mankind. Maybe it just goes to prove that love can be as good as anything we wan imagine.

The Exposition Robert Doisneaau, Paris in Liberté will take place  from September 29 at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, located only a short walk away from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel.

Dali in Rome: Melting the Eternal City


Salvador Dali seemed to have a perverse affection for the classical and stern. He takes a serious-looking clock, a revered Greek statue and then proceeds to twist them, cut hem, melt them.

It was only logical then for Dali to feel a keen interest in the most stern, classical city in the world: Rome. An exhibition at the Complesso del Vittoriano explores the relationship beetwen the Eternal City and the painter and the results are, well… surreal.

Visiting the exhibition you will see on display a Vespa that Dali painted and will learn about his exhilarant antiques in Rome: he gave a press conference in Latin even though he didn’t speak the language, insisted on working on a painting with a rhinocero and visited the biennale of Venice sporting a gun.

No other artist has had such a profound influence in the art as we understand it and, all his irreverence non withstanding, no other artist has shown the same amount of faith and affection for the classical. In a paradoxical way the most blasphemous painter of its time turns out to be the best guide to the most pious city in the world.

The Exhibition Dali, Un Artista, Un Genio will be open at the Complesso Del Vittoriano (Piazza Venezia) until July the 1st, 2012.