International Painting Exhibits in Rome: Russian & US Avant-gardes Meet Up in the Eternal City!

International Painting Exhibits in Rome: Russian & US Avant-gardes Meet Up in the Eternal City!

After the story on our favorite, current, Italian painting exhibits in Rome it is time to see what’s on in the Eternal City from the rest of the world…

And we couldn’t help noticing this nice coincidence: Rome is now hosting two exhibits on Russian and US artistic avant-gardes!

And it is no coincidence that their venues, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Ara Pacis, are probably among those proposing some of the best photo & art exhibits here in Rome….

Let’s start with our long time allies, the USA. Through May 6 you can see in via Nazionale “Guggenheim. The American Avant-garde 1945-1980,” a selection of 59 artworks from the Guggenheim collection, spanning from 1945 to 1980.

The exposition is divided in four sections: Abstract Expressionism (ever heard of Rothko or Pollock 🙂 ?); Pop art – Warhol and Lichtenestein, just to name a few; Minimalism, post-minimalism and conceptual art; Photorealism, a sort of hyperrealism.

The showing will shed new light on the Guggenheim collection and on the evolution of the US art in the second half of the last century when America started to be the world centre of modern art.

But this also the time when the US were engaged in the Cold War. And the other party of this long-distance conflict was the Soviet Union.

The “Russian Avant-gardes” exhibit focuses on the period between the end of Imperial Russia and the consolidation of the Communist regime: the 1910s-20s. Probably the freest and most creative time in centuries for this country.

More than seventy works from about 10 museums of the ex-USSR divided into 8 different segments on display through September 2. Malevich, Kandinskij, Chagall are some of the big names of this showing, constructivism was probably the most peculiar art movement originating in Russia at the time.

But the most enjoyable surprises will come from the lesser known names that we never saw in Rome. Artists who were influenced by the ferment of the first quarter of the 20th century – cubism, futurism, abstract art and so on – but were still able to express their national origins and ancient traditions.

We know who won the “real” Cold-War but who came away with the artistic one?