Damien Hirst exhibition Rome (Galleria Borghese, 2021)

“Archaeology Now” is the title of a Damien Hurst exhibition that opened on Tuesday 8 June 2021 at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. The exhibition contains 80 of the artist’s sculptures and will last until 7 November.

Damien Hirst exhibition Rome (Galleria Borghese, 2021)

Useful information

Opening date: June 8, 2021. Closing date: November 7, 2021. Address: Galleria Borghese, Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5 – Rome. Phone: Tel. (+39) 06 8413979, for the museum itself, or (+39) 06 32810, for reservations. Opening hours: 09.00 till 19.00. Closed: Mondays. Only 100 people are allowed in at the time, in two hour slots. You need to arrive 30 minutes early, in order to pick up your tickets. The Roma Pass is valid, but you will still need to book. Price: 13 Euros (EU citizens between 18 and 25: 2 Euros; anybody younger than 18: Free). Reservations are mandatory for everybody and cost 2 Euros per person. Public transport: Bus: 910 from Termini.

“Archaeology Now”

Galleria Borghese Rome - Hirst 2021
Exibition poster

The starting point was an earlier exhibition in the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice in 2017. This exhibition was called “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” and was presented as a recovery of artifacts from a ship wrecked in the early centuries AD in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. Here, coral covered sculptures, ruined by age and water were flanked by contemporary reproductions of the same objects, but also by modern icons like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

At the Galleria Borghese Hirst’s sculptures are placed between the works of art making up the museum’s permanent exhibition. Apart from the older sculptures, there are also a number of recent paintings by the artist. The paintings, assembled under the title “Colour Space”, are a continuation of his “Spot Paintings” cycle. However, whereas the latter were perfectly painted and arranged, the new versions are allowed flaws and irregulariteis.

"Economy Mince", Damien Hirst, Galleria Borghese Rome, 2021.
“Economy Mince”

One of the works on display is “Five Grecian Nudes”, placed next to Antonio Canova’s famous marble sculpture “Paulina Bonaparte”. “The Diver” and “Grecian Nude” are covered with algae, shells and other debris.

The huge “Hydra and Kalis” sculpture can be seen in the Secret Garden of the Uccelleria.

Damien Hirst was born in 1965, in Bristol, United Kingdom. In 1995 he was the recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize.

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The Ponte Sisto in Rome connects the Via Pettinari in the rione Regola with the Piazza Trilussa across the river in the Trastevere district. Particularly at night the Ponte Sisto is often extremely crowded, since it also connects the Campo de’ Fiori (one of the busiest squares at night, with many pubs and pizzerias) with Trastevere, which is Rome’s number one nightlife quarter.

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The Sant’Agata in Trastevere Church is located near the San Crisogono Church in Rome. Every year on July 16th, a statue of the Madonna del Carmine is carried from this church, through the streets of the district, to its neighbour across the square. The event is called Festa de’ Noantri.

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The Torre degli Anguillara can be seen next to the Palazzo degli Anguillara in the Piazza Sonnino in the district of Trastevere in Rome. A plaque on one of its walls misleadingly refers to the building as the Casa di Dante.

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Ponte Garibaldi Rome

The Ponte Garibaldi is the bridge most visitors to Rome will cross at some point during their stay in the Eternal City, since it connects the Lungotevere De ‘Cenci in the rione Regola to the Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli in the Trastevere district, which is where the city’s night life is.

Ponte Garibaldi Rome

History and description

Ponte Garibaldi Rome
Ponte Garibaldi

The Ponte Garibaldi consists of two arches, measures 120m in length and has a width of 23m.

It was built between 1884 and 1888, by architect Angelo Vescovali, and with the aim of easing the flow of traffic into Trastevere, since the existing Ponte Cestio, Ponte Rotto (obviously) and Ponte Sisto proved inadequate. The need of a new bridge had become even more apparent after the railway station Stazione Trastevere had been built.

Until the Ponte Garibaldi was built the only ways to cross the Tiber, except by ferry, were the two wooden bridges of the Isola Tiberina and the Ponte Sisto bridge.

At the time Rome had just become the capital of the then newly created country Italy. In order to live up to its new status, a whole new network of streets was created in the historical centre. The Ponte Garibaldi was an extension of one of the main streets of this network, the Via Arenula. Once across the bridge, another wide, new street, called Viale del Re (“King’s Avenue”) continued through the Trastevere district. After World War II, this street was renamed Viale Trastevere.

The Ponte Garibaldi got its name because of its proximity to the Janiculum Hill, where Garibaldi had fought the French troops in 1849. Its inauguration took place in 1888.