|Once called "Galleria Mussolini," now a refurbished grand display of 20th- |
Century Italian - mainly Roman - art
We found ourselves running out of time in an excellent exhibit of 20th-century Italian art at the often overlooked Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale - i.e., the City's Modern (as in before "contemporary" - before MACRO) Art Gallery.
|A discrete, if not proper, photo of the current exhibition.|
The last two shows we have seen there have been astoundingly well curated and fascinating. The collection - of 20th-century Rome art - is very good, perhaps better than the gallery's glitzier cousins - MACRO and MAXXI - who blew their patronage on their buildings.
|Locations of galleries, cafes, and|
hang-outs of the artists and writers
are on this map.
The current show features the interplay of Italian literature and art, beginning with Gabriele D'Annunzio and continuing through Alberto Moravia. The panels and placards are all in both English and Italian.
|A 1923 vase by Cambellotti|
|Ferruccio Ferrazzi, "Fragment|
of Composition," 1920-21
We have seen a lot of Futurist exhibits in Rome and so won't add much here, except to say that part of a room is devoted to the father of Italian Futurism, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (who, despite his bellicose views, intrigued Yoko Ono) and the "sensation of flight" paintings.
|Giacomo Manzu', Girl on a chair,|
The current exhibition runs through September 29.
The Galleria d'Arte Moderna's Web site is excellent, although most of it is not translated from Italian.
The gallery is open Tuesday- Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., last admission 30 minutes before closing. It closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas and New Year's Eves, and is closed, in addition to Mondays, January 1, May 1 and December 35.