Chiostro del Bramante Rome

The Chiostro del Bramante is attached to the Santa Maria della Pace Church and is located in the center of Rome. This 15th century cloister is used as an exhibition space. The present one is dedicated to Banksy.

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Diocletian Baths Rome

The Diocletian Baths used to be the biggest of ancient Rome‘s various Terme. It was built between the years 298 and 306 AD. Nowadays part of the baths is being used as one the seats of the Museo Nazionale Romano.

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Roman Aquarium and House of Architecture Rome

The Acquario Romano (“Roman Aquarium“) is located in the center of a small park in the Esquilino district in Rome. It was built towards the end of the 19th century in a style typical of the period, called Umbertino, after the then king of Italy. Originally an aquarium, the building has held several functions during the time of its existence. At the moment it is the seat of the Casa dell’Architettura (“House of Architecture“).

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Keats-Shelley Memorial House Rome

The Keats-Shelley House is located to the right of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Apart from the permanent collection of there are also special exhibitions. The English poet lived in this house from November 1820 until February 1821.

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Oriental Art Museum Rome

Until December 2017, the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale was housed in the Palazzo Brancaccio, a prestigious building in the Via Merulana. At the moment it is gradually being moved to its present address in the EUR district. The museum is dedicated to Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984), who visited Tibet a number of times between the years 1928 and 1952 and brought art and artefacts back to Italy.

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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.

Palazzo Colonna Rome

The Palazzo Colonna is located near the Piazza Venezia in the centre of Rome. The building has been owned by the same noble family for more than 900 years. The Galleria Colonna still houses part of the art collection established over the years by this Colonna family. The exhibition can only be visited on Saturday mornings.

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Museum of the Souls of Purgatory Rome

A small but extremely unique museum in Rome is the Museum of the Souls in Purgatory (Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio). It is located in a room next to the neo-Gothic Sacro Cuore del Suffragio Church. The collection consists of objects that show the marks deceased people seeking contact with their next of kin supposedly left on items of cloth or other objects.

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