Art in Rome

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.


Museo Carlo Bilotti

17/03/2012 – 06/05/2012, Roma.

The title Omar, Roma,love plays on anagram and combines the artist’s name, Omar or Omar Galliani and the city which he celebrates in this particular show and this is Roma explaining the sentiment that binds it with wit to Amor. One big table a design even exagerated (315cm – 400cm) made entirely of pencils and poplar board. Sa_OFpSqQ0sgMJAXyKu7-Tl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJ

On display at the Bilotti museum, in addition to the large table, Galliani has 25 preparatory drawings for the work.

Preparatory drawings especially the magical books of travel in which the artist has pinned his iconographic ideas, motives and emotions, as demonstrated by the different territories visited.

If you love art, don’t miss this opportunity!

Our hotel is a very short distance to the museum and you can coctact us at

Hotel Des Artistes, for more information and great room rates.

Enjoy, Vanda.

Salvador Dali: Surrealist Genius in Rome

Salvator-DalìAn eccentric character to say the least, Salvador Dali was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter. Born in Figueres, Spain, Dali was a particularly skilled draftsman and the use of this in his work is quite astounding.
A self confessed genius, Dali managed to grab attention not only for his masterful works but also gain much, if not more, for his extremely eccentric behaviour. He was known to have driven a car filled to the roof with cauliflowers, lectured with his head enclosed in a diving helmet and had a complesso-del-vittorianobewildering but amusing affinity for rhinoceros horns, to which he claimed that rhinoceros horns and cauliflowers were the base of his inspiration.
Dali had a rather large repertoire including film, sculpture and photography collaborating with a range of artists in a variety of media. His skills in painting are often attributed to the influence of renaissance masters.
Now in Rome you have the chance to acquire some insight of your own into the painter. The exhibition, held in the Complesso Del Vittoriano from the 10th of March to the 30th of June, investigates the artists complex personality and his multifaceted genius. An aspect of the painters life that has been so far ignored by exhibitions and research into Dali will be brought to light, this aspect is his relationship with Italy.

If you need more information about the exhibition and for the best accomodation in Rome, don’t hesitate to check our website or send us an e-mail!

Our blogger today: Liam

Be happy in Rome with Bobby McFerrin

Our Blogger: Angelo

bobbyBobby McFerrin is  one of the greatest performers of vocal jazz. He is a vocalist improviser, conductor and a passionate spokesman of music culture. Thanks to his enthusiasm for music he has achieved success in classical music as well: he has had success as director of many orchestras in New York and Washington. His background and talent allow him to use his voice as an instrument, creating impressive effects that are part and parcel of Bobby’s strinkingly individual aproach to music.

Bobby is a myth among connoiseurs and jazz fans, and is well-known to the mainstream audicence because of the success of his greatest hit: the iconic Don’t Worry, Be Happy for which he has been awarded numerous times.

For those who would like to live an incredible evening don’t think it twice: assist to this unforgettable concert full of surprising music at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica, located only minutes away from Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel.

Where: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Viale Pierre di Coubertin, Rome
When: May 20th,2010
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Equilibrio: contemporary dance in Rome

Our Blogger: Vanda

danzaIt begins on February 4 the fith edition of Equilibro, festival of contemporarydance, that from the stage of the Auditorium Paco Della Musica  will open a window to the multiform and fascinating universe of contemporary dance.


It will be also naturally of scene the great Italian music, with Carmen Consoli (before absolute and preview of the new album), Claudio Baglioni,Enrico Rava, Cristiano De Andrè, Paolo Fresu, Gino Paoli, Gianmaria Testa, Danilo Rea, Gabriele Mirabassi, Elio e le sotrie  Tese, Giovanna Marini, Bandabardò, Ludovico Einaudi, Fortunate Mesolella Mimmo Epifani, Actores Alidos.

Numerous the great scheduled musical events. As usual, the season will be studded with international concerts. Here are some proposals: Philip Glass (world preview), Lou Reed, Joss Stone, Tori Amos, Devendra Banhart, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Mark Knopfler, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Rollins, Daylight Krall, Peter Hammill, Paco De Lucy, Tuck & Patty, Jamie Cullum, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Towner, Aires Tango and Javier Girotto, Brad Mehldau, Uri Caine, Richard Galliano, William Parker, Marc Ribot, To the of Meola, Alvin Curran, Jack DeJohnette, Bobo Stenson, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet, John Mc Laughlin, Anthony Placer, Radiodervish, Manu Katché, Kocani Orkestar, Abida Parven, Alim Qasimov.


Equilibrium, in this sixth edition will be directed  by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. It will be he choreographer and dancer to inaugurate the festival with the new choreography Orbo Novo.

Both the initiatives will promote the young creativeness in the dance and in the theatre  awarding  two prizes: the winning artists will take home, respectively, 10 thousand and 20 Euro.


Appointments to theme, reviews devoted to the history, to the poetry, to the book industry, to the sciences, to the journalism, with the share of exponents of the world of the culture coming from about ten countries, that weave artistic experiences.

Among the guests: Peter Ludlow, Ilaria  Capua, Robert Caillau.

The theme of this year of the History’sLessons is “Crisis and revolution.” Prestigious historians will speak of the great transformations that have changed our past Journalists as: Paul Mieli, Peter Angela, Roberto Napoletano, Gianni Mura, Natalia Aspesi.


Will begin in 2010 and will also continue in the 2011 Fluxus Biennal, the review curated by Achille  Bonito Olive, one of the most influential art critics in Italy.

To know more about the festival you can visit the official website and if you’re looking for the place to stay, the Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel are the perfect hotels in a perfect area!

“Equilibrium. Festival of the new dance.” Rome, Auditorium Parco of the Music, up to February 26. Next shows “Namasya, contemporary solos” of Shantala Shivalingappa, 22 and 23; and “Opening night” de Les Slovaks Dance Collective, 25 and 26.

Rome celebrates Michael Ende

Our Blogger: Marcelo

ende [640x480]Lovers of Fantasy are familiar with Mister Michael Ende. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages. Now there is an exhibition in Rome to commemorate the years that he spent in Italy and the thirtieth anniversary of his Masterpiece: ‘’ The Neverending Story’’.

The book describes the world of Fantasia which is being threatened by “The Nothing” an evil force that destroys everything. The story aims to keep us in touch with the imagination against the trend to be only a practical, logical and cold…

The ‘’mostra’’ develops through manuscripts, photographs and different documents, describing the fifteen years that Ende lived in Genzano (about thirty miles from Rome).

At Goethe’s House                                       
Address Via del Corso 18, Rome
City Rome
Prov. Roma – RM

WHEN: Date
From 24/11/2009
to 24/01/2010



HOW DO I GET THERE: From our locations at Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel Rome is very easy to reach. Just the A line of the underground from Termini Station until the Stop Flaminio, from there just 5 minutes walk through the most lively street in Rome, the Via del Corso.

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We hope you enjoy it and that you also find inspiration in our beautiful City of Rome. Maybe the same inspiration that Michael Ende and other authors have found here, in this eternally- neverending-inspiring City.