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Yayoi Kusama "Pumpkins" at the Gagosian Gallery in New York | © Flickr/sixteen-miles
Yayoi Kusama "Pumpkins" at the Gagosian Gallery in New York | © Flickr/sixteen-miles

5 Exhibitions To See In Rome This Autumn

Picture of Livia Hengel
Updated: 28 September 2016
A number of exciting exhibitions are coming to Rome this autumn, many of them featuring modern and contemporary Italian and international artists. From retrospectives on Edward Hopper and Antonio Ligabue to photographs of Picasso and Rome’s Quadrennial being held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, here are 5 exhibitions you can’t miss.

Edward Hopper at the Complesso del Vittoriano

October 1st, 2016 – February 19th, 2017

Rome’s Vittoriano complex, ironically nicknamed the ‘wedding cake’ for its blindingly-white, tiered edifice, hosts some of the premier art exhibitions in the city. This fall, it will host a series of works by the prominent American realist painter Edward Hopper. Comprising 60 works that cover his Parisian watercolors and American city scenes painted during the 1950s-60s, it is curated in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is a celebration of Hopper’s masterful ability to freeze a moment in time and capture the melancholy of a scene, whether the subject at hand is a landscape or an individual.

Complesso del Vittoriano: Via di San Pietro in Carcere, Rome, Italy, +39 06 678 0664

Edward Hopper "Cape Cod Morning" | © Flickr/nostri-imago

Edward Hopper “Cape Cod Morning” | © Flickr/nostri-imago

Antonio Ligabue at the Complesso del Vittoriano

November 11th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017

Adjacent to the Edward Hopper exhibit, the Complesso del Vittoriano will also host 100 works by 20th-century Italian artist Antonio Ligabue, who painted in the Naïve style. He is best known for his self-portraits and wildlife paintings which depict many predator animals such as tigers, lions, hawks and snakes; many are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau’s colorful jungle scenes. Ligabue suffered from severe mental disorders and his fanciful works are considered hyperreal and hallucinatory, often transmitting a sense of bitterness and personal torment.

Complesso del Vittoriano: Via di San Pietro in Carcere, Rome, Italy, +39 06 678 0664

Picasso at the Museum dell’Ara Pacis

October 13th, 2016 – February 19th, 2017

Richard Meier’s steel, travertine and glass structure, which houses the the 9th century BC Ara Pacis (or Altar of Peace) of Augustus, is one of the most interesting buildings in Rome. The juxtaposition between modern and ancient, transparent and enigmatic create a dynamic space that contains the Altar on the main floor and invigorating exhibitions on the floor below. From October, the museum will host 200 photographs of prolific and multitalented Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and a number of other works, including illustrations, sculptures and paintings, for an intimate look at the man who has achieved mythical recognition.

Museo dell’Ara Pacis: Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome, Italy, +39 060608

Portrait of Picasso | © WikiCommons/RMN-Grand Palais

Portrait of Picasso | © WikiCommons/RMN-Grand Palais

LOVE at the Chiostro del Bramante

September 26th, 2016 – February 19th, 2017

This Renaissance cloister, designed by Donato Bramante, exudes an aura of classical grandeur and provides an evocative space for a series of rotating exhibitions in the capital each year. This fall, the LOVE exhibition will showcase works by some of the most important contemporary artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol and Robert Indian. Kusama’s renowned All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, one of the most photographed works of art featured on Instagram, will also be on display. The works were selected to demonstrate the universality of love through its diverse angles and infinite interpretations.

Chiostro del Bramante: Via Arco della Pace 5, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 9035

Yayoi Kusama "Pumpkins" at the Gagosian Gallery in New York | © Flickr/sixteen-miles

Yayoi Kusama “Pumpkins” at the Gagosian Gallery in New York | © Flickr/sixteen-miles

Rome Quadriennale at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

October 13th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017

The 16th edition of the Rome Quadriennale is taking place this autumn at the monumental Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The first Quadriennale took place in 1931 and has continued to promote contemporary Italian art through exhibitions held every four years. The theme of the 16th edition is ‘Other times, other myths’ and will feature works from 100 artists, carefully selected by 10 curators.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Via Nazionale 194, Rome, Italy, +30 06 3996 7500

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Palazzo delle Esposizioni | © Flickr/ladyous