Located in a 18th century nun convent and closed for restoration works since 2003, the Rome Gallery of Modern Art has finally re-opened its doors to art lovers!
Strategically located in the heart of downtown Rome, this Museum, created in 1925, showcases paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures of the period between the second half of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th. Most of the artworks were made by Romans or by artists who spent a big part of their working life here.
If you have been to the National Gallery of Modern Art you will also appreciate this smaller museum owned and run by the City Hall since they cover the same period. The Rome gallery, however, is very focussed on Rome’s schools and artistic scene.
The renovated museum has an art collection of 3,300 works. Really a lot for the space available, therefore the director decided to organize theme exhibitions so that the very best of the collection will be on display sooner or later.
The current showing, “Figures, Visions, Shapes” runs through April 15. The exhibition meanders among the different Italian art movements of the period covered by the permanent collection: from realism to symbolist aesthetics, from the Liberty style to Divisionism, from Classicism to Futurism. Some of the big names on display are: Balla, De Chirico, Guttuso, Carrà, Morandi, Severini, Prampolini, Cambellotti, Sironi, Rodin and Manzù for a total of 140 sculptures, portraits, landscapes and still lives.
A the first floor you will admire beautiful sculptures with a great variety of materials and styles. While the other floors mainly host paintings with the upper level featuring the drawings exposition.
The Museum also boasts of a beautiful, modern, inner garden and a little bookshop. We hope it can soon buy the waste management company’s store next to it so that there will be even more works on show!