Current Exhibitions Rome (July, August 2021)

Not a season passes in Rome without there being at least one exhibition dedicated to a famous artist or with an interesting theme. The most important ones, together with some minor but still interesting exhibitions, currently being held are listed below.

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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.

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Pompeii and Santorini Volcano Exhibition Rome (Scuderie del Quirinale, till January 2020)

The Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome hosts an exhibition dedicated to the ancient cities of Pompeii and Santorini, which were both destroyeded by volcanic eruptions. The exhibition is titled “Eternity in one Day” and will last until 6 January 2020. The works of art found during excavations are interspersed with modern paintings.

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Frida Kahlo Exhibition Rome (till March 2020)

Under the title “The Chaos Within“, an exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo will take place in Rome until 29 March 2020. The venue is a fairly new exhibition space called Spazio Eventi Tirso. The interactive exhibition makes extensive use of digital and photographic works.

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Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition Rome 2019 (Scuderie del Quirinale)

The exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. Science before Science” will be held in the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome from March 13th till June 30th 2019. The exhibition is held in occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci‘s death.

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Francesco Trombadori Exhibition Rome (till March 11, 2018)

The Francesco Trombadori exhibition in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale started October 13, 2017 and will last until March 11th, 2018. The exhibition shows some 60 paintings by this Sicily-born artist who spent most of his life in Rome.

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Pink Floyd Exhibition Rome (MACRO, till July 1, 2018)

The MACRO Museum in the Via Nizza in Rome organizes an exhibition dedicated to the legendary 70’s rock group Pink Floyd. The exhibition started on January 19th and will continue until July 1st, 2018. The title is “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains“.

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Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome Palazzo Barberini

The Arcimboldo exhibition in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome is held from October 20th until February 11th 2018. It is the first time that such a large scale exhibition dedicated to this 16th century Milanese artist is held in Rome.

Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome

Practical Information

Title exhibition: Arcimboldo. Duration: From October 20th, 2017 till February 11th, 2018. Address: Palazzo Barberini, via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 – Rome. Reservations: +39 0681100257. Opening hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 09.00 till 20.30h; Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays from 09.00 till 22.00h. Last entrance is one hour before closing time. Closed: Mondays, January 1, December 25. Admission: 15 Euros; 13 Euros for university students between 18 and 25 and for everybody on the first Sunday of the month; free for those younger than 18. The audioguide is included in the ticket. If you also visit the permanent collection of the museum, admission is only 10 Euros. Special hours on December 24, 31 (09.00-18.00), December 26 and January 6 (09.00-22.00).

The Exhibition

Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome

The exhibition consists of around twenty drawings and paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldi (1526-1593), who is better known as Arcimboldo. The works are on loan from both Italian and international museums.

Arcimboldo learnt his trade in the workshop of his father, who was one of Leonardo da Vinci‘s followers. He was especially famous because of his depictions of faces made up of fruits and flowers. He is seen as one of the most important exponents of the Mannerist movement of the time. Arcimboldo was also a poet and was even made into a count.

Amongst the paintings on display are some of the artist’s most famous works, including the “Seasons” and the “Elements”, the “Jurist’, the “Cook” and the “Priapus/Ortolano”. The latter is on loan from the Museo Civico di Cremona and depicts the fertility God Priapus. Seen upside down however it depicts a bowl full of vegetables.

There are a number of portraits, the coat-of-arms of the city of Como and windows of the Duomo in Milan. His watercolor paintings made at the various European courts are also represented.

Not everything in the exhibition was the work of the artist himself. There are copies of his paintings, objects from the imperial Wunderkammern (“Cabinets of Curiosities”) and objects from the coin shops and applied art shops in Milan¬†of the time. Other works characteristic of the period were the many drawings of plants, fruit and animals.


Football Picture Card Exhibition in the Palazzo Incontro in Rome (Until October 23, 2011)

For lovers of Italian football the name Panini is a legendary one. For 50 years the company, which is headquartered in Modena, has been giving out the so-called figurine (picture cards) of the Serie A (the Italian Premier League) football players and generations of lovers of the sport have been collecting these, almost religiously.

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