Art exhibitions in Rome

TALES ABOUT FOOD & FASHION IN ROME

TALES ABOUT FOOD & FASHION IN ROME

The Elegance of Food is the latest major exhibition in Rome on the occasion of EXPO MILANO 2015, and it celebrates at one time nutrion, which is the leitmotiv of the Universal Exposition, as well as Made in Italy tailoring and craftsmanship.
Visitors will take a journey through different facets of ancient and contemporary fashion: from embroidery and textures to dresses and accessories, their common ground being “nature and food”. The items follow the four elements to which they are inspired: Water, Air, Earth and Fire.
Photographs, holograms, video mapping and visual-art will help to enjoy at the best the link between food and raw materials transposed on the fashion design items on display.
The Elegance of Food venue is the Trajan’s Market (just beside the Imperial Forum) and is open every day from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm until November 1st, 2015.
For more details, do not hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes!

BAROQUE: THE AGE OF ART BLOOMING IN ROME

BAROQUE: THE AGE OF ART BLOOMING IN ROME

Until July 26th Rome hosts a gigantic and “multi-venue” exhibition entirely focused on Baroque, the artistic style which still chracterizes most of the architectural features of the Eternal City.
The exhibition shows the evolution of Baroque art from its birth (first two decades of the Seventeenth century) to its highest peak, which gave the city a new shape.
More than an exhibit, Baroque in Rome is a huge cultural project including, beyond painting masterpieces collected from several museums in the world, also conferences, concerts, workshops for both kids and adults, thematic tours and many more satellite events around the city center. The following locations are involved:

  • Museum of Rome (Palazzo Braschi): exhibition; “baroque parties”
  • St. Yves at the Sapienza: thematic tour; exhibition
  • Oratorio dei Filippini: thematic tour
  • Palazzo Colonna: guided tour
  • Palazzo di Propaganda Fide: thematic tour
  • Vatican Museums, Apostolic Palace and St. Peter’s basilica: a special itinerary about Bernini & the Vatican
  • Doria Pamphilj Gallery: thematic tour
  • Capitoline Museums: itinerary across the baroque masterpieces in the
  • National Gallery of Ancient Art (Palazzo Barberini): itinerary
  • Academy of Fine Arts: conference
  • Castel Sant’Angelo: thematic exhibition on the baroque fireworks
  • Fondazione Roma Museo – Palazzo Sciarra: conferences

Each of these place is located in the heart of Rome: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes about directions!

THE POWER OF IMAGES… BEYOND THE GAZE: STEVE MCCURRY

THE POWER OF IMAGES… BEYOND THE GAZE: STEVE MCCURRY

His name says it all: Steve McCurry. Until September 20th, one-hundred-fifty of his breathtaking photographs will be exposed in Rome at Teatro 1 in Cinecittà, the famous film studios which were backdrops to epic movies such as Ben Hur.
Steve McCurry, the National Geographic’s photographer par excellence, doesn’t need any extensive introduction: his work speaks for him. Who can deny to remember Sharbat Gula’s iconic protrait, the thirteen years old afghan girl whom McCurry captured in a refugee camp in Peshawar?
Born in Philadelphia (USA) in 1950, he is in the field since the ‘80s, when he went to India together with his camera and started capturing the country far and wide with powerful images. After crossing the border with Pakistan and reaching Afghanistan, he happened to be one of the first Western witnesses of the war which had been breaking out meanwhile.
50 of his classical, worldy renowned masterpieces will be side by side to some of his most recent works, several not published anywhere else before. McCurry’s ultimate approach goes towards “an unusual search, moving beyond the gaze, through doors and windows to describe space and light, to overcome pain and fear”, says the exhbition curator Biba Giacchetti.
Architect Peter Bottazzi’s contribution guarantess the most proper set-up to McCurry’s works of art.
“Steve McCurry. Beyond the Gaze” is open every day but Tuesdays from 9.30am to 7pm.
To go to Cinecittà studios just get off at the namesake stop on metro line A. Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide you with more info!

MARC CHAGALL’S LOVE & LIFE IN ROME

MARC CHAGALL’S LOVE & LIFE IN ROME

Thanks to the cultural co-operation between Rome and Jerusalem a new exhibit will be soon opened in the heart of the Eternal City: “Marc Chagall. Love and life”.
From March 16 to July 26, 150 works of art by the Russian-born Jewish painter will be on display in the prestigious backdrop of Chiostro del Bramante, few steps away from Piazza Navona.
The exhibit is entirely focused on the strict linkage between Chagall and his life-companion, Bella Rosenfeld: she was to him a never-ending source of inspiration, which makes his paintings a mirror of his love life. Chagall’s paitings, drawings and prints are indeed a reflection of his personal experiences and cultural parameters, such as the Jewish one and all its symbols. Take the goat for instance, an allegory of hope and confidence; or the hut, reminiscent of the celebration of the feast after the Exodus; the donkey, tied to the different moments of the Bible; the fiddler figure who uses to attend the major Jewish religious holidays.
The exhibition will be open every day. From Monday to Friday 10am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9 pm (last admission: one hour before closing).
Don’t hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes to get more info on this top art exhibit!

 

ARABESQUE MATISSE AT SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE!

ARABESQUE MATISSE AT SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE!

March marks the beginning of several important exhibitions in Rome, that dedicated to French painter Matisse being one of the most awaited.
From March 6th to June 21th, over one hundred paintings by the artists will be on display in the enchanting backdrop of Scuderie del QuIrinale (opposite the Quirinal Palace and easily reachable from the shopping venue of Via Nazionale). Matisse’s works of art on show belong to some of the most prestigious museums in the world: Tate, MET, MoMa, Puškin, Ermitage, Pompidou, Orangerie, Philadelphia, Washington, only to name a few.
Leading theme of the exhibit is the particular use of the arabesque motif which the author derived from his journeyS in the East. As Matisse himself used to say, those arabesque are not overwhelming compared to the overall composition; they rather enrich the work through a perfect integration with the other elements.
For info on entrance fee and opening times don’t hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes!

LUCIANO BENETTON’S ART COLLECTION IN ROME

LUCIANO BENETTON’S ART COLLECTION IN ROME

Until 11 January 2015 on exhibit in Rome an original collection of works of art at Museum Carlo Bilotti (just inside Villa Borghese): “Imago Mundi”. The out of average character of this art event lays in the works’ origins and aims at one time. “Imago Mundi” has its roots in Luciano Benetton’s foundation for the arts: it holds works gathered or commisioned by the stylist to emerging artists he happened to meet during his journeys around the world. Multiple ambitions are behind this operation, that is to say to provide emerging artists with an incubator of ideas and with a platform for visibility, and ultimately to create a visual map of humanity throughout the artistic expressions it produces. One basic rule: 10×12 cm sized images accepted only.
Free entrance!
Venue: Museum Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese – Villa Borghese.
Time: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Mon closed.
From Hotel Des Artistes you just need to catch metro line A up to Flaminio.

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

If you have enough of the majestic beauty of emperors’ Rome, then the current exhibit at the French Academy might satisfy your yen for something different: “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Destitution in Rome” shows the oddest sides of the city at the time when the Popes were her indisputable rulers. Prostitutes, thieves, gamblers, drunkards are captured forever in the paintings of those artists who used to come to Rome from all over Europe at Caravaggio’s time and went through taverns, brothels and the many more obscure spots of the Eternal City of four centuries ago.
The exhibit (the first of its kind) is set up in cooperation with the Petit Palace of Paris.
Venue: Villa Medici, 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps (Spagna metro station).
Time: 10:45am-1pm, 2-7pm Tue-Sun until 18 January 2015.
Hotel Des Artistes is at just three metro stops from it!

Some More Tips About Rome

AmphitheatreAlmost two thousand years after its collapse as an Empire, Rome now lives under the shadow of a once powerful and prosperous nation.

The beauty of the Spanish Steps with its sinking boat, massive amphitheatre called Coloseum, fine wall arts sparsed across the city’s Catholic santuaries, monuments, catacombs, religious abondance etc. Visiting all these and others is definitely going to be an unforgotable memory.

After roaming, the Trastevere area is good area to chill out, certainly if you have time because this is located on the other side of the river Tiber, opposite to the major touristic sites. This neighbourhood is full of Trattorias, bars and/or restaurants, mainly giving service to the locals. After a good lunch, espresso  would be fantastic. The small and condensed coffee, rouses from sleep instantly. If not familiar with espresso, better not to try it before going to bed.

Other good stuff worth trying are: gelato (icecream), cannoli and pastries. To name some of the best gelateria in Rome: Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Said, Cristalli di Zucchero, Vice Gelateria, Gelateria Grom, Gelateria San Crispino, Mondi,Gelateria del Teatro, Biscottificio Innocenti, Fatamorgana, Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Gelateria Bocca Di Dama.

Love shopping, visit the Via Del Corso street, where you will find all the big brands. So expensive? Pass on to shopping malls like Porta di Roma, or take a cub and visit the Castello Romano Outlet where you will find best brands  for less pay. Non European residents have the option to get a refund of the VAT. Get forms from the store keepers and present the filled forms to the Customs office in the airport together with the items bought (tags not removed).

 

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”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

Extended up to 11 January 2015 the exhibition set up in Castel Sant’Angelo since May 2014, which was conceived to celebrate Pope Francis’ first year after election.
Even without taking into account the magnificent backdrop provided by its locations, the exhibit offers a unique content to its visitors: on display works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Pietro da Cortona and many more artists who between ‘500 and ‘600 cooperated to beautify the Eternal City. Thanks to them, and to the enlightened Popes who sponsored their works, Rome became once again the guiding light of Christianity after centuries.
Where & when: Castel Sant’Angelo Museum, Tue-Sund 9am-7pm.
From Hotel Des Artistes just catch bus #40 up to its last stop: it’s just beside Castel Sant’Angelo.

AMERICAN CHRONICLES: NORMAN ROCKWELL’S WORKS IN ROME

AMERICAN CHRONICLES: NORMAN ROCKWELL’S WORKS IN ROME

The “American dream” most insightful painter & illustrator has been brought to Rome: until February 2015 Norman Rockwell’s paintings, documents, photographs and 323 original covers of the “Sunday Evening Post” will be on display at Palazzo Sciarra (just beside Via del Corso, in the heart of Rome). Rockwell captured USA in a sharp and affectionate way, although idealized, over a span of fifty years, throughout wars, economical crisis, race problems. His works, despite – or maybe ‘because of’ – those historical junctures always communicate optimism, banking on the state institution and ultimately in future.
Where: Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Sciarra – via M. Minghetti 22 (corner Via del Corso)
When: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-12pm.
Many bus lines connect Hotel Des Artistes to the exhibit venue: contact us for further info!