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Palazzo delle Esposizioni, via Nazionale, 194. Info 0639967500
Until 6 Jan 2009: Bill Viola
"The Crossing", "The Veiling", "Silent Mountain" and "The Locked Garden" are just some of the works we can admire in this exhibition dedicated to video art guru Bill Viola. His creations are the fruit of a spiritual life that finds nourishment in Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism and Mysticism and that explores the universal moments of human life - birth, death, nature. Videotapes, video-installations, sound landscapes, video performances and electronic projects lead us into a sensorial experience that immerses us in a world of pure sound and imagery.
Musei Capitolini - Palazzo dei Conservatori, Sala degli Arazzi. Piazza del Campidoglio, 1. Info 060608
Until 6 Jan 2009: Hosting the Apollo of Mantua
This exhibition is part of the "Ospitando..." series that encourages the circulation - in the literal sense of the term - of art, i.e. the exchange of works between different museums in different cities. The Capitoline museums host this refined sculpture - a marvellous marble Apollo probably dating back to Hadrian's era - which is on loan from the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua for a limited time. Tue-sun h9-10. €8, reduced €6 (the ticket includes entry into the exhibition, "The invention of the Imperial Fora. Demolition and archaeological excavations: 1924-1940)
Braccio di Carlo Magno, Città del Vaticano. Info 0668193064
Until 6 Jan 2009: Pius XII. The man and the papacy 1876-1958
An exhibition that explores the figure and life of Eugenio Pacelli, better known to the world as Pope Pius XII. The show is divided into nine different sections, dedicated to the intimate and public phases of the pope's life: his childhood, his education, his family life and background, his spiritual journey, his cultural grounding, his time as a priest and finally, his 19 years as pope.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, via Nazionale, 194. Info 0639967500
Until 6 Jan 2009: Etruscans. The ancient metropolises of Lazio
Mario Morelli and Anna Maria Moretti curated this exhibition dedicated to the Etruscan culture and civilisation of Lazio, which left manifold traces in the urban fabric, rituals and traditions of its main settlements: Veio, Cerveteri, Tarquinia and Vulci, all have a particular spirit and character - Veio, for example, is a great ceramics centre; Cerveteri is famous for its necropolis; Vulci is famous for its white stone; and Tarquinia boasts over 100 stupendous frescoed tombs.
Chiostro del Bramante - Sala delle Sibille, via della Pace. Info 0668809036
Until 11 Jan: Codice 02
The Sala delle Sibille - a venue dedicated to the work of young artists - hosts this exhibition aimed at promoting direct interaction (as opposed to interaction filtered by market mechanisms) between artists and collectors. Visitors can look, touch and purchase the works on show. Tue-sun h11-19
Scuderie del Quirinale, via XXIV Maggio, 16. Info 0639967500
Until 11 Jan 2009: Giovanni Bellini
One of the most famous Italian painters of the 15th century, Giovanni Bellini (a.k.a. as Giambellino) is celebrated in this exhibition. His contribution to the development of painting techniques was considerable, and ranged from the employment of tempera paints to his very particular use of oils in the manner typical of Flemish painters, creating soft tones and amazing light and colour effects. About 70 of Giambellino's works (including his famous 'Baptism of Christ') are displayed in the Scuderie del Quirinale exhibition venue and will be followed by shows featuring the masterpieces of Titian and Giorgione.
Palazzo Venezia - Sala Regia, Sala delle Battaglie e Sala del Mappamondo. Via del Plebiscito, 118. Info 0669994319
Until 11 Jan 2009: Basil Theocharakis - Painting: 1952 - 2008
The first Italian retrospective dedicated to this poet of the sea, Greek artist Basil Theocharakis. Divided into different sections, such as abstract works, paintings dedicated to 'Mount Athos', or depicting 'Clouds', 'Marshes', stupendous 'Landscapes', 'Marine landscapes' and 'Built-up areas', this exhibition explores the themes that inhabit the artist's watercolours. His pieces appear enchanted by the world around us and imbued with a desire to record it in all its authentic essence, through great details, brushstrokes that are both thick and thin, and the use of fresh and bright colours. Tue-sun h9-19. Admission free
Casa dei Teatri, Villa Doria Pamphilj - Villino Corsini. Largo 3 giugno 1849, angolo via di San Pancrazio - ingresso Arco dei Quattro Venti. Info 060608; 0645460693
Until 11 Jan 2009: Puppets of anger and sentiment. A show of art and theatre by Dario Fo and Franca Rame
"Grabbing hold of a canvas or a piece of cardboard, starting to draw, throwing down colours and scratching a freshly painted board is the only way of resolving a complex or abstruse scene or staging dilemma." So said theatrical supremo and creative powerhouse Dario Fo before this exhibition was inaugurated. Franca Rame, Fo's wife, helped put together this amazing collection of watercolours, tempera paintings, oils on canvas and etchings created by the eclectic Lombard artist with major enthusiasm ever since childhood. By making "una frappàta di belle figure (a smattering of beautiful figures)" as Fo said himself, or the puppets of the exhibition's title, he started to take his first steps in the world of figurative art, slowly developing a highly visual language that he considered to be the key to his creative originality. Deepen your knowledge of an artist who speaks through the language of colour through these 100 paintings, backdrops, stage costumes and wall hangings. Tue-sun h10-17. Admission free
Musei di Villa Torlonia, Casino dei Principi. Via Nomentana, 70. Info 060608
Until 11 Jan 2009: Roman School. Artists in Rome between the two wars
After periods spent at the museums and Italian cultural institutes of Tirana, Belgrade, Fiume and Bucharest, this exhibition finally comes to Rome. This show examines the period between the two wars, a period that was culturally very lively. About fifty works by the biggest names in figurative art - such as Guttuso, Mafai and Scipione - and by some lesser-known artists - such as Francalancia, Capogrossi and Cavalli (self-portrait) - are on display. The show is divided into three sections. The first is dedicated to the artist and the creative process; the second is centred on the perceptual subjectivity of places as seen by the individual artists; the third examines the body and its physicality. Tue-sun h9-16,30. €9, reduced €5,50
Casa di Goethe, via del Corso, 18. Info 0632650412
Until 18 Jan 2009: Italians in Weimar. Italian drawings from the 16th to the 19th centuries from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar collections
This exhibition shows works on loan from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar collection and includes pieces by Giorgio Vasari, Perino del Vaga, the Cavalier d'Arpino, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Salvator Rosa, Bartolomeo Pinelli and Giovanni Volpato... For many of the paintings coming back to Rome is particularly significant since it represents a return home: the Eternal City is, in fact, the subject of many of these works, such as "The apotheosis of Romulus" by Domenico Maria Canuti. Curator: Ursula Verena Fischer Pace. Tue-sun h10-18. €4, reduced €3
GNAM Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, viale delle Belle Arti, 131. Info 06322981
Until 25 Jan 2009: De Chirico and the museum
Thirty years after the death of the great painter from Volos, a retrospective is dedicated to the classicist and inventor of metaphysical painting. For De Chirico art was a compass with which to orient oneself in the sea of emotion. About 30 paintings and drawings illustrate the relationship between the artist and classical heritage. Particularly worth mentioning are the works that are clearly influenced by Michelangelo, Titian, Guido Reni, or Rubens.
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere di Castello, 50
Until 25 Jan 2009: Loghi d'Italia - the history of the art of excelling
This exhibition tells the story of four major Italian firms - Amarelli, Peroni, Lagostina and Perugina - and is an event that advertising aficionados will be loath to miss. "Loghi d'Italia" uses photos and objects to tell the story of big Italian firms, the products they sell and the people involved in making them who they are today. Special mention must go to the documentaries by Antonioni and Bertolucci and pieces by artists such as Guttuso and Dalì. Tue-sun h9-19. €8
Complesso del Vittoriano - Salone Centrale. Via San Pietro in Carcere. Info 066780664
Until 31 Jan: AS IS. Contemporary Israeli Art
About 60 artists - such as Durar Bacri, Yael Bartana, Barry Frydlender, Nir Hod, Erez Israeli, Hila Karabelnikov, Shai Kremer - go on show in this exhibition that highlights the vitality and energy of the state of Israel. Despite being devastated by missile attacks and suicide bombers at different times the state of Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary and manages to express itself positively and creatively through its artists and writers. Some of them look outwards beyond the confines of this tormented state, whereas others use the local situation as their starting point and display a combination of emotions such as fear and hope. All the works on show - paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and performances - are impregnated with a deep-rooted sense of belonging that the artists nourish for this land that is, despite everything, a dynamic place looking towards the future. Mon-thu h9,30-19,30; fri and sat h9,30-23,30; sun h9,30-20,30
Fondazione Memmo - Palazzo Ruspoli, via del Corso, 418. Info 066874704
Until 1 Feb 2009: Jean-Michel Basquiat. Shadows that haunt
The poet of graffiti art made his name in the carriages of New York's metro trains and later in the hippest art galleries. The hard-living and fast-dying Basquiat ? who boasted collaborations with the iconic Andy Warhol ? painted a dark and fragmented urban humanity and created creatures impregnated by an atmosphere of social disintegration. His artistic language was strong and pure, his perspective was philosophical, and his message was as withering as the signature he invented (SAMO - Same old Shit) to sign off his work... Just like his many fans and collectors around the world, you too will fall in love with the "shadows that haunt" the works of this wild artist! Tue-thu h10-19,30; fri-sun h10-20,30. €10, reduced €8
Complesso del Vittoriano, via San Pietro in Carcere. Info 066780664
Until 8 Feb 2009: Picasso Arlecchino 1917 - 1937
A unique exhibition curated by Yve-Alain Bois shows 180 pieces by Pablo Picasso, on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. Oils, etchings and drawings tell of the artist's life and work between 1917 and 1937 - a period that came after the cold melancholy of the blue period, the pale cheerful tones of the pink period, the determined lines of the African period and the intuition and decomposition of the Cubist period - when the Spanish artist was in a discovery phase in which different styles and inspirations converge and were transformed into something free from the constraints and labels of critics.
Colosseo, piazza del Colosseo
Until 15 Feb 2009: Ruins and rebirths in Italian art
This exhibition focuses on the themes of recovering and preserving the artistic and natural landscape of the nation. These 60 works tell of the various measures and developments that Italy has developed - decrees, laws, private and collective actions - to safeguard its most beautiful sites and treasures. The exhibition is divided into six sections - "The origins of conservation", "Italian Unity and National education", "20th century progress", "Fascist propaganda and war", "The development of conservation principles" and "Counter-trends: conservation today" - and among the many works on show are the Birth of Bacchus from Budapest, the statue of the Goddess Niobe from the Villa dei Quintili and fragments of the Metopes of Selinunte sculptures from Palermo. Until 27 Oct h8,30-18,30; from 28 Oct to 15 Feb h8,30-16,30. €11, reduced €6,50
Museo del Corso, via del Corso, 320. Info 0667862098
Until 15 Feb 2009: From Rembrandt to Vermeer. Civil values in 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting
Rubens' "Landscape with a hanged man" and Rembrandt's "The money changer" are just two of the artistic gems on show in this exhibition curated by Bernd Lindemann, the head of Berlin's Gemaldegalerie. This prestigious museum has loaned some 55 masterpieces from the so-called "Golden Age" (17th century) of Flemish painting for the exhibition. The works on show the wealth of this cultural period through landscapes, portraits, domestic interiors and the representation of sacred themes.
Museo dell'Ara Pacis, lungotevere in Augusta, info 060608
Until 22 Feb 2009: Bruno Munari
Ten years after his death, the city of Rome celebrates this great Milanese artist and designer who affected the language of modernity deeply, through a series of initiatives, activities, mini-exhibitions, workshops for children, and above all a rich display of his work. Sculptures and graphic pieces will allow us to get to know this refined designer, who made experimentation and intuition his distinctive traits.
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere di Castello, 50
Until 22 Feb 2009: Artists in Rome - Portraits and self-portraits, sculptors and architects from the Renaissance to the 18th century
"Papi in posa", "La Porpora Romana" and "Il Principe Romano" are all shows dedicated to the art of portraiture, as is "Artisti a Roma". This show examines the art of portaiture and self-portraiture and highlights the importance of the pose adopted by the sitter, their way of thinking and their social status. Among the many works on display are the bronze bust of Michelangelo by Giambologna, self-portraits by Bernini and Vanvitelli, and a heretofore unseen portrait of the poet Metastasio by Martin van Meytens. Tue-sun h9-19
Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro, piazza Di San Salvatore In Lauro, 15. Info 066865493
Until 22 Feb 2009: Visions of the Grand Tour from the Hermitage (1640-1880). The landscapes and people of Italy in the Russian collections
Sergej Androsov, Vladimir Matveev and Lorenzo Zichichi are the curators of this show that brings many works to Italy for the first time. A major thanks is owed to the Russian collectors who gathered paintings and watercolours by Dutch, Italian and German artists for decades, and made this show possible. The work of photographer Enrica Scalfari is also on show. She shot the landscapes and places represented in the paintings from the Hermitage, offering visitors the chance to see how the places in question have changed in the course of time. Tue-sun h11-19. €5
Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps, piazza di S. Apollinare, 46. Info 0639967700
Until 22 Feb: The Royal Nativity and the clothes of the people
This exhibition proposes a different way of celebrating Christmas, that is to say, through the cultural exchange between the Naples of the past and the Rome of today. On show is the last nativity scene produced before the end of the Reign of the two Sicilies. It features the normal nativity figures and scenes (including angels and the wise kings.), but also figurines of people living during the Reign of the two Sicilies, from the common man to merchant figures. Several paintings, drawings and etchings by Salvatore Fergola are also on display, as well as Capodimonte porcelains featuring period costumes. Tue-sun h9-19,45. €10, reduced €6,50
Galleria Nazionale d'arte antica in Palazzo Barberini - Sala del Caravaggio. Via delle IV Fontane, 13. Info 064824184 e 064814591
Until 23 Feb 2009: A mysterious guest in Palazzo Barberini
The painting of Saint Catherine of Alexandria can be seen in the stupendous Sala del Caravaggio and is on loan from the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nantes (which in return has borrowed Simon Vouet's 'Buona Ventura' for their own venue). This work is by Roman artist, Angelo Caroselli, a pioneer of naturalism whose work often had a philosophical vein and overtones of witchcraft. Catherine, the patron saint of philosophers, with her jewellery and sumptuous clothing, evokes pagan priestesses, and in the painting she is imbued in a highly colourful and theatrical atmosphere and displayed alongside "the Holy Family during the Flight to Egypt", a work by the same artist.
Sala Santa Rita, via Montanara (piazza Campitelli). Info 060608
Until 27 Feb: Matite di Vinile
Roberto Catelli and Luciano Ceri curated this exhibition of vinyl record covers from the 1950s to today. Photos and illustrations look at its role over the decades, how it is not a simple container of content but visual messages connected to the album. On display are LP and single covers by specialists in this arena such as Guido Crepax, Andrea Pazienza, Mario Convertino, but also by singer-songwriters who expressed themselves very ably visually, such as Lucio Battisti, Francesco De Gregori and Paolo Conte. Mon-fri h10-18. Admission free
MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Via Reggio Emilia, 54. Info 06671070400
Until 28 Feb: Ernesto Neto
The installation is dedicated to Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1964 and on show in an Italian museum for the first time ever. This fluctuating architectural project, with its organic and floral forms, were especially conceived for the Macro Hall space. The artist invites the public to walk through the work and interact with them. The installation will use all the space of the Museum's glass Gallery. From Tues to Sun, 09.00-19.00. Entrance fee €1
Museo della Civiltà Romana, piazza G. Agnelli, 10. Info 060608
Until 1 Mar 2009: Il divo è tratto. Ambling around the Rome of the Caesars in the company of Gilles Chaillet
The Rome of the Caesars, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, the streets and alleys of ancient Rome: you can try and conjure all this up in our heads, or... you can go see it at the Museum of Roman Civilisation! These 20 wood tables by the master Gilles Chaillet - laid out chronologically - show ancient Rome at its most enchanting. A series of interactive stations are also available and allow visitors to travel back in time. Workshops will also be held to accompany the exhibition. Tue-fri h9-14; sat and sun h9-19. €6,50, reduced €4,50
Musei Capitolini, piazza del Campidoglio, 1. Info 060608
Until 8 Mar: The Conquest of Modernity - Sèvres 1920-2008
Over 100 works show us the manufacturing art of Sèvres, porcelain pieces and drawings created with traditional techniques and processes but in a modern and streamlined design. Among the pieces on show - made by both established artists and emerging ones - particularly worth citing is "La Bocca" by Bertrand Lavier, "Odore di Femmina de Sèvres" by Johan Creten, "Dragon dans les nuages" by Clémence Van Lunen and the installation of 60 perfumed roses made in biscuit-fired porcelain created exclusively for the 250 years of existence of the firm. Tue-sun h9-20 (closed: 1 Jan and 1 May). €8, reduced €6
Museo Napoleonico, piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1. Info 060608
Until 29 Mar: 19th century lace from the Arnaldo Caprai Collection
An exhibition of precious textile creations on loan from the renowned Arnaldo Capria collection. Visitors will be able to admire a rich series of trimmings, collars, caps, mantillas, fans, parasols, bonnets and handkerchiefs produced between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as pieces from the Napoleonic museum, including lace items that belonged to Eugenia, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III. This unique exhibition brings together these fine fabric gems that the great Bonaparte had rendered mandatory in court. Tue-sun h9-19. €5,50, reduced €4
Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, piazza San Pantaleo, 1. Info 060608
Until 19 Apr 2009: Rome the magnificent. Panoramic views of the city between the 18th and 19th centuries from the Museum of Rome collection
A selection of 35 works on loan from the Museum of Rome - water-colours, temperas and paintings - show us how Rome looked to the eyes of travellers and artists: it was a city rich in stupendous monuments, beautiful nature and landscapes. Villa Ludovisi, the Aventine and Monte Mario are three of the places in Rome that come up most frequently in the paintings. Some of the most famous works on show are views of Rome by Samuel Rawle, John Newbolt and Ippolito Caffi. Curators: Patrizia Masini, Anna Aletta and Fabio Betti. Tue-sun h9-19 (closed: 25 Dec and 1 Jan 2009). €8, reduced €6
Chiostro del Bramante, via della Pace. Info 0668809035
Until 3 May 2009: Julius Caesar. The man, the enterprise, the myth
An exceptional and exclusive event coming up in Rome is the first show dedicated to a quintessential figure in Roman history. Julius Caesar was the link between the republic and the empire, a charismatic man and an extraordinary leader. A series of valuable archaeological finds - sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, jewels, gems, coins - are on show, as are sculptures and paintings by major artists like Hayez, Tiepolo and Rubens that tell the story of Caesar's life. Tue-fri h10-20; sat-sun h10-21. €10, reduced €7

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