October usually marks the start of the exhibition season in Rome. By the start of the month everyone is back to work or at school and all art institutions run at full speed after the summer recess that here can last until the end of September.
Here is what we recommend you to see and do. Not just exhibitions. There is a lot more on offer. If you like something that is not included in our wrap-up, please add your comment. We’ll be glad to know what you like the most!
As we anticipated, October features the opening of many new exhibitions after the summer months which usually offer a reduced choice of art shows.
Let’s start with something really unusual and unprecedented here. At the end of the month, from the 30th Palazzo Sciarra will showcase the silver artworks and jewels that for centuries were donated to Naples’ patron: Saint Januarius. It’s an outstanding show of religious art and jewelry craft that you shouldn’t miss unless you’ve already been to this unique Museum in Naples.
Going to something more quintessentially Roman, the National Gallery of Ancient Art near Barberini features from October 31 a painting exhibition by Antoniazzo Romano, one of the very few Roman painters operating in town during the Renaissance. 50 works on display.
Very Roman but from a completely different time is the art show at Palazzo delle Esposizioni about Rome’s art scene during the 1970s which will offer a broad overview of the most famous artists and of less well-known but significant works and aspects. From October 11.
Another major art venue in Rome, the Vittoriano Museum, will present a painting exhibit of the Italian 20th century’s artists that were most affected by Cezanne. 20 works by Cezanne, 80 by Morandi, De Pisis, Boccioni and many more. From October 4.
To another major world painter, Marcel Duchamp, the National Gallery of Modern Art will dedicate an art show from October 8. Celebrating the centennial anniversary of Duchamp’s first ready-made work, the Gallery proposes a collection of 14 unconventional ready-made.
The American Academy of Rome hosts An america na, a collective mixed art exhibition of US contemporary artists that play with the idea of patriotism from October 3. Free of charge.
The last art show we would like you to know about is also an open-air fair: it’s Cento Pittori a Via Margutta from October 10 to the 13th.
OTHER ART EVENTS/EXHIBITONS
There are two other major art events that you shoudn’t miss if you are in Rome. They’re both this weekend and are also both free.
The first one is the Open Bank Palaces initiative that will let you in some of the most beautiful and lavishly decorated buildings of Rome that host bank offices. This Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
The other one, also on October 5, is the Contemporary Art Day with free entrance to MAXXI, Gnam and Macro and open commercial galleries until late with workshops, events and presentations.
Ancient history will also play a major role this fall as Rome will host from October two exhibitions respectively about Cleopatra and Augustus.
From the 18 the Scuderie del Quirinale will celebrate 2000 years of Augustus’ death (14 AD) with an exhibition about Rome’s first and probably most famous emperor.
While the most beautiful woman of ancient times, Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, will be on display from the 12th at the Bramante cloister.
The photography scene will see two major events develop in October. The Rome Photography Festival from the 5th in various locations with different dates, featuring many contemporary photography exhibits throughout Rome. The 12th edition’s main theme is suspension, absence.
SHOWS, ENTERTAINMENT & OTHER EVENTS
The music scene has three interesting happenings.
The pop-folk Roman Song Festival, with the city’s most traditional music, is on October 6 at Teatro Olimpico.
The Rome Jazz Festival begins on October 20 and this year’s edition main theme is ‘Speech.’ The international stars are the sax player Joshua Redman, the ethnojazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and the double bass player Avishai Cohen.
Rome’s Music Auditorium will host the fifth edition of the Flamenco Festival from the 10th to October 13. Shows, music dance and photo exhibitions.
Our favorite fashion event of the month is the Philipine Fibers (Pineapple, Banana and Abaca) exhibition on October 18-20.
October will also host a Beer Festival , Eurhop, with 35 Italian and international home-brewers for three days in EUR. October 18-20.
A folk event celebrating one of Rome’s most genuine and loved borough, Monti, is the Ottobrata Monticiana on October 11.
The month of October will also be marked by a new sport event. Rome will host its first rally on the 26th and the 27th, Rally di Roma Capitale.
Let’s finish with something serious. The European Edition of the Maker Faire Fair on entrepeneurship and creativity will unfold from October 4 to the 6th.