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Explore Great Art And Contempory Design In Rome

by ctyn on July 17, 2013 11:42:57

Explore Great Art And Contempory Design In Rome

The Italian capital is truly ancient and evidence of that is highly visible throughout the city, however visitors whose tastes lean more towards the modern will not be disappointed either. There is a vibrant presence of modern art and contemporary design in Rome, and whether it is seen in the buildings or in the great museums, modern art fans are well catered for.

The Museums

More and more museums are opening to cater for lovers of contemporary design. In Rome and throughout Italy there are many modern artists who are now gaining international recognition for their work. This has resulted in the opening of many new and exciting museums in which to exhibit it. One of these is the MACRO, which is housed in two locations: one of which is the old Peroni beer factory and another that has made use of an old slaughterhouse. Amongst the exhibits is a permanent installation by Daniel Buren and a photo gallery exhibiting portraits of many different artists from different generations. The museum regularly puts on lectures by its artists in residence and showings of experimental film.

For modern art in a Renaissance setting the Chiostro Del Bramante is a beautiful museum to visit. It is an arts and culture centre housed in the building that was designed by Donato Bramante in the 15th century. Its Renaissance cloisters are now the setting for exhibitions and performances by emerging artists, offering many different cultural experiences.

For anyone with an interest in contemporary design in Rome an unusual exhibition to visit is at the Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, which showcases art that uses paper as its medium.

MAXXI is the city’s first national museum to be entirely dedicated to modern art. The building itself is a work of art with sweeping staircases and interesting use of space. It was designed as a multidisciplinary space by Zaha Hadid and has been widely acclaimed. It is situated in the Flaminio neighbourhood on the site of an old military barracks. MAXXI has an impressive architecture collection with over 50,000 design drawings, 25,000 photographs and many models, letters and documents. Architects such as Carlo Scarpa, Paolo Soleri and Alessandro Anselmi are just some of the architects represented in the museum. The extensive art collection includes artists such as Gilbert and George and Anish Kapoor. Along with the wonderful 21st century art and design you will find a bookshop, cafeteria and restaurant and many spaces designed for educational activities and performance.

The Buildings

If architecture is your choice of genre you will find many buildings to interest you here. The MAXXI is, as mentioned, a building of great note but there are many others. The Church of 2000 was designed by Richard Meiers and is on the eastern side of the city. It is a dazzling white building that combines the cube and the sphere to make a sail-like impression. Another building designed by Richard Meier is the Ara Pacis Museum on the banks of the River Tiber. This museum is designed around the Ara Pacis Altar, which was built by the Romans as a symbol of peace. It&25263; an interesting concept: ancient architecture contained within a modern symbol.

The Italian capital is a city where the modern and the ancient live side by side. Anyone who has an interest in modern art and contemporary design in Rome will be struck by this beautiful fusion. They feared that the leniency of the 10 % plan would allow the southerners to re-enslave the newly freed blacks, so they rammed the wade-davis bill through congress