Exhibitions

ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO!

ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO!

One of the most successful Summer events in Rome is just about to begin: Rome Fringe Festival, from May 29 to July 5. This independent theatre & performative arts festival has come to the 4th edition, taking place this time at the majestic gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo (Vatican area). The RFF will entertain public every day from 9 am to 2 am with a number of Italian and foreign artists.
Entry is free, while a €5 ticket fee is owed to the theatre companies for their shows and paid to them directly.
The festival looks like a carosel for adults & kids: beyond the shows, it offers art exhibits, a day & night market, refreshment areas, wine & food tasting, workshops and kids activities.
Here a sketch of the daily events:

  • from 9am to 4.30pm: market, summer camp for children by Arteficine, free events and gastronomy
  • from 6pm to 8.30pm: aperitif, concerts, food tasting and market.
  • from 8.30pm onwards nine shows involving song theatre, comedy, drama, social theatre, dance, stand up, street art, clowning, puppet, poetry, literature, with artists from all over the world

From Hotel Des Artistes you can reach Castel Sant’Angelo by bus #40 express or metro line A getting off at Lepanto!

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!

CINECITTÁ SHOWS OFF

CINECITTÁ SHOWS OFF

From this week a brand new exhibition will put on display splendor and glory of Cinecittà, the City of Cinema in Rome which was home to some of the greatest film industry productions around the middle of the past century. “Shooting in Cinecittà, 1937-1989” guides visitors on an itinerary across film genres such as Hollywood on the Tiber, Italian comedy, Neorealism and Spaghetti Western, and in so doing it celebrates the immortal artists who contributed to the greatness of Italian film industry production worldwide.
Among the historical and propaganda movies on show: The Siege of the Alcazar, 1940; The Iron Crown, 1941. Then excerpts from Neorealistic films like Miracle in Milan, 1951; Bellissima, 1951; Umberto D, 1952, as well as a large section dedicated to stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner and Italian Loren, Lollobrigida, Mangano. On display costumes evoking unforgettable actors and films: Alida Valli and Farley Granger in Senso, 1954, by Luchino Visconti; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in The Tame of the Shrew, 1967, by Franco Zeffirelli; the costume of character Don Saverio Petrillo, “O pazzariello”, interpreted by Totò in L’oro di Napoli, 1954, by Vittorio De Sica, or the outfit worn by Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, 1964, by Sergio Leone.
When: from 24 January, permanently.
Where: Cinecittà Studios, Via Tuscolana, 1055.
How to reach it: metro line A, get off at Cinecittà.
Time: Mon-Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat-Sun 9.30 am – 7 pm. Guided tours provided.
Hotel Des Artistes is at your disposal for any further info!

MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

A brand new exhibit at Maxxi Museum of Rome glorifies Italian excellence in fashion design: on display 80 haute couture garments and jewels dating back to the period between 1945 and 1968. A piece of Italian history throughout the work of the greatest designers who, soon after the Second World War, changed the concept of “fashion”, moving away from French models, and by doing so created that iconic Italian style which is still admired today worldwide.
Bulgari jewels are paired to masterpieces by Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Gattinoni and the many more designers in vogue in the Fifties and Sixties.
Venue: “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968″, MAXXI Museum, via Guido Reni 4a.
Time: until 3 May 2015, evey day 11am-7pm. Sat 11am-10pm. Monday closed.
Maxxi Museum is part of Roma Pass network. Ask Hotel Des Artistes staff how to reach it: you can catch both buses and metro from Termini station!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

6-7-8 December promise to be a long dream-weekend for museums lovers: Rome will offer her visitors several exceptional events in both State and City Museums. Concerts and a series of live performances will turn on the Eternal City’s cultural life just before Christmas.
Here a resume of the happenings:

Saturday 6 December: “Music at the Museums”. From 8 pm to 2 am dance & music performances will take place into all the major museums (including 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 etc.). Visitors will be admitted for free, or alternatively will be requested to offer €1
as a symbolic donation (valid to access the museum collection & attend the events).
Sunday 7 December: “National Archaeology Day”. Special sections of the musueums (such as depositories and area normally prevented to public) will be accessibile through guided tours.
Moreover, there will be no admssion fee for everybody at State Museums (while free entrance at City Museums will be for residents only).
Monday 8 December: opening of all City Museums which are normally closed on Mondays.

Hotel Des Artistes will help you out any time to figure out what’s the best museums for you!

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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CARTIER-BRESSON: THE EYE OF THE CENTURY IN ROME

To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson’s statement inspires the exhibition set up in Rome to commemorate the first decade since his departure: 500 of his works (pictures, but also films, documentaries, drawings and paintings) will be on display until January 25th 2015 at Ara Pacis, a unique monument of its kind located in the core of Rome.
Reputed the father of photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s shots captured events, daily life and atmospheres throughout many decades of the ‘900, after which thing he was rightly named “eye of the Century”.
A good reason to visit Rome between now and January: book your nights with us to enjoy a centrally located accommodation.2014-09-25-Cover_Catalogo_mostra_HCB-thumb

“BODY WORLDS”, OR HOW THE BODY WORKS

With over 40 million visitors since its creation, BODY WORLDS – “The Cycle of Life” exhibition by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens is definitely one of the most successful travel events ever realized. And one of the most debated as well. A path-breaking technique for corpse preservation called “plastination” makes sure the visitor will vividly catch any details of human anatomy. Far from being a mere horrific display, the exhibit provides public with a unique chance to learn how the body works and how it changes at any life stage. Special labs for kids are set up.
In Rome from October 2014 to February 2015 at Spazio Eventi Tirso, via Tirso 14: within a stone’s throw of Termini station on public transports: come and stay with us at Hotel Des Artistes to get info and directions!Body Worlds in Rome

October in Rome

In our opinion October is the best month to visit Rome. And to give you a prove of the lovely atmosphere that reigns over the Eternal City during this month we snapped this picture of the work of an anonymous street artist. The caption inside the heart says “I want to steal your…”

Is October in Rome, the weather is lovely and we wish you were here.