Religion and Spirituality Meet Contemporary Art for Christmas in Rome

Religion and Spirituality Meet Contemporary Art for Christmas in Rome

Christmas is the perfect time of the year to reconcile ourselves with the best values and ideals. Religion and spirituality are of course the most typical of the Christmas season and we wanted to offer you a short round up of exhibits and venues that will hopefully give new life to your most elevated feelings.

Abstract Gospels” is the very catchy name of this free painting exhibit at Sala Santa Rita until December 23 where the Italian painter Roberto Demarchi represents some of the key moments of the Old Testament with a very original artistic language affected by the abstract movement. Twelve large painted canvasses with a very powerful visual impact will be on show in what was once a church.

Another free exhibit takes place until January 10 at Chiesa degli Artisti (Artists’ church) it is again about all forms of contemporary art and the holy dimension. All materials are accepted at the 8th edition of the international display “Venite Adoremus,” near Piazza del Popolo. Monday-Friday 6:30pm-8pm, Sunday 11:15am-12pm.

Until December 15, the La Pigna Gallery, owned by the Italian Artists Catholic Association (UCAI), will feature a double collective painting exhibit (with some sculpture works) with both figurative and abstract items by mostly Italian artists. The first runs until December 15 and will display 60 works by about 30 different artists. The second one, from December 20 to the 30th, is smaller but will also showcase Angela Sarzana’s angels. Monday-Saturday 4pm-8pm. Closed on Sundays, Holidays and December 24. Free Admission. (for a round-up of the Rome’s top contemporary art commercial galleries click here)

Contemporary Greek artist Nikolaos Houtos showcases his icons and collages in the Chiesa del Gesù from December 18 until January 6 every day excluding Christmas and January 1 from 10 to 12:30pm and 4pm-7:30pm. “Logos” is a free exhibit.

If icons are your cup of tea, then this event is a must. Castle S.Angelo hosts an exhibit of Russian icons. 40 items from the Moscow Russian Icons Museum spanning 500 years of Russian history and icon production. 


And if you’re up for more religion-inspired contemporary art then here in Rome you have an outstanding place to go to. It’s the Modern Religious Art Collection of the Vatican Museums with works by Rodin, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Chagall, De Chirico, Balla, Picasso, Bacon and many, many more.