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Echaurren and Nervi’s Double Exhibits: Our March Picks of Contemporary Art in Rome

Rome celebrates one of the most famous Italian contemporary architects, Nervi, and one of the city’s most eclectic living artists, Echaurren, with two double exhibits showing the positive effects of cooperation among public and private, Italian and International art institutions.

Let’s start with Pier Luigi Nervi. Many of you have seen one of his big works in Rome: the stadium Flaminio, where Six Nations rugby games are played every year in this period, February/March. And many others will have seen on TV another major work in another state, still in Rome, though. It is the hall Nervi in the Vatican, where the Pope receives delegations of pilgrims from all over the world on Wednesdays.

MAXXI, our brand new contemporary art museum of which we are very, very proud, hosts an exhibit about Nervi‘s works in and outside of Rome, sketches, texts, models and drawings, running until March 20.

But if you want to know more about him, the Belgian Academy of Rome has recently inaugurated another exposition on this 20th century architect, “Nervi Lab”, focussed on his works out of Italy, since Nervi affected building and design also at an international level. Monday to Friday 10:30am to 5pm. Free Entrance. 8, via Omero. Until April 3.

The other major contemporary art museum in Rome, MACRO, hosts a showing of Pablo Echaurren‘s ceramic sculptures until March 13. Notwithstanding his Hispanic name, Echaurren was born in Rome and is Roman by all means. This versatile artist, who draws a lot from Surrealism and Futurism, not only painted and illustrated books but also made patchworks and sculptures. His paintings and canvasses, graphic works and watercolours, instead, are on display in “Pablo Echaurren: Crhomo Sapiens” until March 13. Fondazione Museo Roma: 320, Via del Corso. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-8pm.

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  • Thanks so much for bringing MAXXI’s new exhibit on Nervi to our attention; the museum’s presentation of Luigi Moretti’s work, about a year ago, augurs well for something really fine on Nervi. That said, we’re not so sure that Nervi had a hand in the design of Termini. The sides of the station were designed by Angiolo Mazzoni, and the remainder, according to our architectural guide (Il Moderno Attraverso Roma) was designed by a 6-member team that did not, apparently, include Nervi. That doesn’t preclude his participation; perhaps he had a hand in some aspect of its redesign. We’re curious.

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