Kinetic, Contemporary and Hyper-contemporary Art. Exhibits Not to Miss in Rome

Kinetic, Contemporary and Hyper-contemporary Art. Exhibits Not to Miss in Rome

This start of the year offers a lot of interesting contemporary art shows and we like to stress that. Because even in the 21th century Rome is an inspiring city for the latest trends of creativity.

Let’s start from a private gallery that has been showing very good stuff recently. In a beautiful Renaissance Palace of Rome’s Jewish ghetto, Galleria Edieuropa will have on display until February 12 two very peculiar art schools of the mid-20th century: the kinetic and the programmed. Kinetic art implemented Futurism’s artistic tenets and for the first time introduced physical movement in the works of art, while programmed art entailed a change of the shape and colour of according to a certain chronological order, variations, repetitions and a mix of visual patterns. It is an explosion of materials, techiniques, colors and views by Italian and International artisits that will intrigue you! Free Admission, 11:30am-7pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

In the beautiful Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam belonging to the mid-20th century CoBrA movement will show their painting and clay sculpture works until February 13. The CoBrA artists painted directly and spontaneously attempting to work with a child-like naivetè, without a preconceived plan, using fantasy and color. They rebelled against the rules of the art academies and aimed at a form of art without constraint. They also explored working with various types of materials. Animals, birds, cats, dogs and fantasy creatures were recurring themes as were African masks and Oceanic traditional art. Art produced by the mentally disabled also found expression in their works.

If you would like to discover the art of a Roman (by adoption) female contemporary painter, you should then head for the Museo Carlo Bilotti, in the Villa borghese park, where an exhibition by Carla Accardi, “Space, Rhythm, Colour” is being held until the end of February. Previously unseen works from the artist’s personal archive focus on the quality and consistency of sixty years of one of Italy’s most creative figures. Carla Accardi was one of the co-founder of the formalist Gruppo Forma 1 movement.

One of the two most important contemporary art museums here in Rome, Macro hosts two big events until February 13. Its main facility, in via Reggio Emilia, has recently opened up a new wing and hosts the installation of Bik Van der Pol “Are you really sure a floor can’t also be a ceiling?”– a house with hundreds of butterflies inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s popular Farnsworth House. On show many other contemporary art expositions running until this spring, such as, just to name one, the first exhibition in Italy of the British artist Antony Gormley, one of the most respected sculptors of the contemporary art scene.

Macro’s museum in Testaccio, Macro Testaccio, will host “Plus Ultra” a selection of works from Turin’s Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Contemporary Art Gallery of Italian and international artists who made the story of art from the 80s up to today.

While if you want to project yourself into the hyper-contemporary, a unique occasion is represented by Shepard Fairey‘s first Italian exhibition at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery until February 23 (also for shopping, artworks are on sale). More than sixty works by the American artist famous for his “HOPE” Obama poster, will be on display including rare screen prints and unique pieces never shown in Italy before. Often compared to Andy Warhol because of his multiple artwork series and his need to multiply his presence from business to media, Fairey is one of the most famous street artists and comes from the skateboarding scene.

And to skateboards is devoted the exhibition “Sk8 like Canvas Vol. 1” . Until February 12 a hundred of skateboards decorated by 65 international writers, street artists, painters, graphic and tatoo artists will be on display in the Galleria d’Arte Ex Roma Club. Via Baccina 66, 2:30pm-8:30 pm, Monday to Saturday.