PAUL CEZANNE AND HIS INFLUENCE ON ITALIAN ART
The French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (Aix en Provence 1839 – Aix en Provence 1906) laid the foundation for the transition from the pictorial process of the 19th century to the new and radically different expression of art that dominated the 20th century. Opposed to many aspects of Impressionist art, Cezanne demonstrated that color and form are inseparable, and so formed the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism. The atmosphere of renewal created after the Second World War and the tendency towards the disintegration of the image, evident in the last phase of Cézanne’s work, suggest the creation of this new artistic vocabulary. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have observed that Cézanne “is the father of us all.” The exhibition focuses on the influence Cezanne had on Italian artists Boccioni, Morandi, Pirandello, Corporo and Morlotti.
Complesso Del Vittoriano, Via Di San Pietro In Carcere (Piazza Venezia)
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm and Friday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 11 pm; through February 2, 2014
Introducing his life and work, this exhibition celebrates Capa’s (1913 – 1954) centennial year and the 70th anniversary of the disembarkation of the Allies on the shores of Italy in 1943, which Capa documented. Capa is best known for redefining wartime photojournalism by insisting on joining soldiers in the trenches and documenting their battle in close-up shots that depicted the grim, harsh reality of war in the midst of combat. After covering the Spanish Civil War, his first assignment, he went on to cover World War II, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War, during which he was killed by a landmine. Capa co-founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi, Via Di San Pantaleo (Piazza Navona); through November 2
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. THE GREAT ADVENTURE
Founded in 1888 in Washington D. C. by a group of scientists who decided to explore the world, the National Geographic Society celebrates 125 years of discoveries. This exhibition reminds us of the extraordinary places, peoples, stories and species discovered over the century, with 125 photographs shot by National Geographic photographers. The show’s curator, Guglielmo Pepe discusses NG’s significance, pointing out that it is more than a photographic magazine but has served as a forum for scholars, researchers and journalists. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194 (between Piazza Venezia and Piazza della Repubblica)
Tuesday – Thursday , Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday – Saturday 10 am – 10:30 pm; through March 2
In the centennial year of Venanzo Crocetti’s birth (Giulianova, August 4 1913 – Roma, February 3, 2003), an exhibition dedicated to his masterful sculptures, tracing references to the figurative language of the classical Egyptian, Etruscan and Greek cultures that prevailed in his work for the entirety of his career. His persistence in representing classical motifs in his compositions helped set him apart from the avant-garde that developed around him.
A selection of eighty-five sculptures in bronze, a series of models, drawings and preparatory studies divide the exhibitions into three thematic sections: the Elegantiae, Etternale and Clementiae.
Palazzo Venezia, Via Del Plebiscito 118
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through October 20
ARCHIMEDE. ART AND THE INVENTION OF SCIENCE
In collaboration with the Museo Galileo – Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, an exhibition featuring models of inventions attributed to Archimedes (Syracuse-Sicily, 287 – 212 BC), the mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer. Among his inventions in physics are the foundation of hydrostatics, statics and an explanation of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing numerous machines, including siege engines and the screw pump that bears his name. Archimedes is said to have designed machines capable of lifting attacking ships out of the water and setting ships on fire using strategically placed mirrors. He was slain by a Roman soldier during the Second Punic War (212 BC) despite the orders of General Marcus Claudus Marcellus that he was not to be harmed. His tomb, surmounted by a sphere inscribed within a cylinder, is testimony to what is said to have been his greatest achievement, proving that the sphere has two thirds of the volume and surface area of the cylinder including the bases of the latter. The exhibition includes archaeological findings from the ancient city of Syracuse.
Musei Capitolini, Piazza Del Campidoglio 1
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 8 pm; through January 12, 2014
Considered one of the most influential artists of the later 20th century, Isgrò was an innovator, poet, writer and theorist of Erasure, who paved the way for a new artistic language. Isgrò created “cancellature,” meaning works accomplished by acting on texts and manually covering some parts of them. Those words not effected by deletion become a new message carrying essential meanings, the unessential aspects having been obliterated.
This exhibition begins where the artist’s 2008 retrospective at the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci concluded. Its intention is to reveal the actuality of the art of Isgrò, as well as to portray the close relationship between the past and the present. The new installations, which review the complexities of the last period, are composed from elements outlined in the sixties and seventies, while continuing and expanding on the artist’s themes.
GNAM – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Viale Belle Arti 131
(Parioli at the north end of the Borghese Gardens)
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm; through October 6
GALLERIA VEZZOLI: THE TRINITY
The first extensive international retrospective of Francesco Vezzoli displays 15 years of work in three separate but related exhibitions at MAXXI, MoMA PS1 in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles. Each one examines in depth the fundamental aspects of his body of work. At MAXXI, the galleries have been transformed into an over-decorated 19th century-style museum. A section devoted to the subject of self portraits has also been included, linking the various works by Vezzoli to a broader reflection on individual and collective identity. Whether in the form of petit-point embroidery, videos, photographs or sculptures, the Brescia-born artist’s works are an intermingling of references and quotations with fragments of art house cinema, Hollywood films and television productions, and the history of art, of fashion and of politics, Vezzoli delves deep into the world of culture, both “high” and “low”. Inspired by themes from the popular imagination, he adopts mass-media mechanisms and, using a complex web of linguistic codes, exposes their processes and mechanisms, and the logic behind them. A deconsecrated XIX century church, originally built in the south of Italy, will be re-located on the grounds of MoMA PS1. MOCA (LA) will open Cinema Vezzoli, an exhibition which will outline Vezzoli’s attitude in playing with the world of classic European cinema and contemporary Hollywood stardom as a way of mirroring today’s obsession with fame, politics and the public exposure of private issues.
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts. Via Guido Reni 4
Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm; through November 24