Discover Contemporary Art in Rome with the Blue Line Explore Museums

Discover Contemporary Art in Rome with the Blue Line Explore Museums

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24 Jul 2023

Rome, the Eternal City, is a place of extraordinary beauty and cultural richness, where contemporary art merges with the grandeur of its historical monuments. If you are an enthusiast of modern and contemporary art, you cannot miss the opportunity to explore Rome through the Blue Line Explore Museums. This unique itinerary will take you on an exciting journey between two of the city's most prestigious cultural institutions: the MAXXI and the Galleria Borghese.

Exploring the MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Arts

Your adventure begins at the MAXXI, one of the world's foremost contemporary art museums. The MAXXI is an architectural masterpiece by Zaha Hadid, seamlessly blending into Rome's urban landscape. Here, you can immerse yourself in a vast collection of modern and contemporary artworks, exploring the horizons of artistic expression.

The exhibition "MAXXI Collection - FUORI TUTTO" offers a comprehensive overview of contemporary art, showcasing a selection of works that represent the most current artistic experimentation. This exhibition displays recent acquisitions, works by great masters, and pieces by young generations, providing you with a unique perspective on art and creativity in our time. You can admire artworks by renowned artists and discover new voices shaping contemporary art.

Furthermore, one of the must-see exhibitions at the MAXXI is "Enzo Cucchi: The Poet and the Magician." This exhibition offers an unprecedented portrait of Enzo Cucchi, a versatile and visionary artist who has always defied conventional artistic definitions. Through his works, Cucchi explores universal themes such as life, death, love, and spirituality, offering you a profound and engaging artistic experience.

Your visit to the MAXXI will provide you with a unique perspective on contemporary art and allow you to immerse yourself in the nuances of 21st-century artistic expression.

Galleria Borghese - Treasures of Classical and Renaissance Art

Continuing along the Blue Line route, you will arrive at the magnificent Galleria Borghese. This prestigious gallery houses a collection of artworks that represent the pinnacle of classical and Renaissance art.

One of the exhibitions not to be missed is "Bernini and the Dance," which takes you into the world of the renowned Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This exhibition highlights the theme of dance in Bernini's works, revealing his extraordinary talent for capturing movement and grace through sculpture. You can admire artworks depicting dancers in motion and experience Bernini's artistic mastery in transforming stone into vibrant and dynamic forms.

Furthermore, the Galleria Borghese allows you to immerse yourself in the art of Caravaggio and his followers. Caravaggio's works, famous for their use of chiaroscuro and realistic representation, will leave you speechless with their beauty and intensity. You can admire masterpieces such as "Sick Bacchus" and "David with the Head of Goliath," which represent the pinnacle of Caravaggio's artistic genius and his enduring influence on European painting.

The Galleria Borghese is a treasure trove of classical and Renaissance art, a place where you can get close to extraordinary works that have left an indelible mark on the history of art.

Exhibitions at the MAXXI

  • July - October 2023:
    Exhibition "Tellurica" by Pino Genovese and Alberto Timossi: two environmental artworks that engage with the materials used by the artists within the late 16th-century architectural space of the museum.
  • May 2023 - January 2024:
    Exhibition "The Dance Student by Venanzo Crocetti: The Return": an exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture - Central Institute for Restoration and the Venanzo Crocetti Foundation.
    Exhibition "Laboratorio Prampolini #2": a selection of unpublished notebooks, drawings, and projects that narrate the evolution of art from Futurism to the Art Club.
    Exhibition "Osvaldo Peruzzi - Futurist Geometric Splendor": a show curated by Massimo Duranti and Andrea Baffoni presenting works by artist Osvaldo Peruzzi.
  • April 2023 - February 2024:
    Exhibition "Nedko Solakov: A Cornered Solo Show #2": an exploration of storytelling through the interplay of drawing, writing, and environment.
  • June 2022 - January 2024:
    Exhibition "Pascale Marthine Tayou: Brainforest": an installation representing a tree at the center of a fountain, symbolizing nature blossoming within the heart of Rome.

Exhibitions at the Galleria Borghese

  • July - October 2023:
    Exhibition "Bernini and the Dance": a dedicated showcase of works by the celebrated Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, centered around the theme of dance.
  • June 2023 - January 2024:
    Exhibition "Enzo Cucchi: The Poet and the Magician": a retrospective dedicated to the versatile artist Enzo Cucchi, who defies conventional artistic definitions.
    Exhibition "Laboratorio Prampolini #2": a presentation of unpublished notebooks, drawings, and projects that narrate the evolution of art from Futurism to the Art Club.

Please note that exhibitions are subject to changes and additional exhibitions may be organized. Make sure to check the official websites of the museums for the latest updates and information on ongoing exhibitions.