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Best Contemporary Art in Rome

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Scuderie del Quirinale

The Scuderie del Quirinale is an marvelous form of imposing structure in the heart of Rome. The venue is a beehive of exhibitions and events at any given time. Encompassing over 3000 square meters of area, the wide open spaces are apt for exhibitions and events held on a large scale. The exhibitions are generally based on fine or contemporary art and cater to a niche audience. The building also houses a bookshop for the art enthusiasts and a restaurant where you can grab a bite or sip on some steaming coffee after attending an exhibition. In all an experience to cherish and remember.

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Biblioteca e Raccolta Teatrale del Burcardo

The collection in this small 15th-century palazzo offers broad documentation of the world of theatre. Enthusiasts will find prints dating back to the 16th-19th Centuries, playbills, old scripts, costumes, portraits, oriental puppets, masks and props used by great actors. The library contains roughly 50,000 books and writings on the theatrical world and a complete photographic archive. Admission: Free. Check website for more details.

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Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Palazzo Delle Esposizioni with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art.

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Gagosian Gallery

Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Gagosian Gallery is definitely one of the must visit galleries while in Rome. The lavish ambiance of this gallery promotes typical Roman features and its nature. After the success of this gallery all over, director/owner Larry Gagosian set up this space in Rome in 2007, to exhibit the works of fresh budding talents as well as famous artists. Some of the artists who have showcased their art here are Cy Twombly, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon to name a few. To know more about the event schedules and other information, check out the website or call ahead.

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Istituto Svizzero di Roma

Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Istituto Svizzero di Roma promotes artistic and cultural influences between Switzerland and Italy. This institution, inaugurated in 1947, was founded by the Swiss Confederation. Villa Maraini is where the main office is, to manage the operations. The library that was functional by 1948 consists of books exhibiting great historical and modern knowledge about the cultures of the Swiss land. Being a venue for a lot of exhibitions, seminars and lectures, this is a must visit! For event schedules and more information, visit the website or call ahead.

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Galleria Valentina Moncada

Art in any form, in any part of the world is eternal and forever to stay. It transcends boundaries and barbed wires and does not know of partitions created by man. Valentina Moncada has tried her best in accumulating and exhibiting art in all its glory at her gallery. Apart from the distinct art and vivid colors you can also find books on the various nuances and forms of art out here. The modern and imaginative brush strokes and designs are sure to impress you. Tony Cragg, Anne Marie Jugnet, Karen Kilimnik, Anish Kapoor, Brad Lochore and Robert Yarber are some of the names who have showcased their experimental designs here. Take a trip to Valentina Moncada and view the works of gen X.

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Villa Medici

In the 16th Century, Villa Medici was built on the Pincio hill, and was named "Medici" when Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici acquired it from the Ricci da Montepulciano family. The exterior walls of the villa are decorated with Roman statues and bas-reliefs, as if to create an open-air museum, a style which was much in fashion at that time. This was possible then because during the construction of large residences, archaeological remains were inevitably found during excavations for the foundations, and so these discoveries were more chance findings than systematic digs. The villa is the seat of the French Academy, created to enable young French painters to study in Rome. At present the gardens are closed for restoration, but art exhibitions are organized, generally hosted in an interior called the rimessone, where carriages were once parked, now concerts are performed here. The illustrious students of the French Academy include: Fragonard Berlioz and Debussy, who studied here after the Academy had extended its activity to music as well as painting.

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Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma

A true connoisseur of contemporary art will appreciate this place. Others may well stay away, as the lines, colors and ideas can get quite complicated. Paintings, sculptures and even wood carvings by locally established and upcoming artists are exhibited here on a regular basis. Thematic showings cater to those who prefer the works to the creators. Modern art critics, head over here. Traditionalists will be better impressed by the city itself.

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American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome provides support to all the budding and famous artists, painters, architectures and sculptors. This gives a platform mainly to all the American artists to showcase and exhibit their work throughout Europe. The Academy awards some of the scholars with the Rome Prize during application for exceptional works with an invitation to Rome, to develop their artistic talents in a place that best inspires their skills. They also offer their space for historical exhibitions, public lectures, and concerts. Call ahead or check out their website for event schedules and more information.

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MACRO Testaccio

Housed in a former 19th century slaughterhouse, MARCO Testaccio reflects the cultural vibrancy of the historic district of Testaccio. Visitors are privy to the distinct contemporary art expressions of both Italian and international artists. Visitors can also avail the cafe and restaurant in the multi space venue. They also host exhibitions, visual and performance art. You also get to meet the artists in their 'open laboratory' and watch their creative stages at work. There are various programs created to suit each and everyone so that there is a deeper or better understanding of contemporary art. It has become quite popular amongst the locals and tourists alike. Truly a unique place to be in.

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

The collection housed in this Neo-classical building includes works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The 19th-century works are mostly those of the Macchiaioli (Florentine impressionist painters), a movement similar to puntinismo (pointillism), a style based on the use of spots of color to create paintings whose subjects were distinguishable only from a certain distance. Among the 20th-century artists represented here are De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi, Casorati, and Marini. The museum often organizes temporary exhibitions and has its own restaurant, Caffè delle Arti.

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Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome

Museo d'arte Contemporanea Roma or MACRO, as it's commonly known, is an modern art museum that offers a permanent collection of some of the most important expressions in the Italian art scene, since the 1960s. The Museum was founded in 1999 by the conversion of the old plants of Peroni beer. The new museum building has a large terrace of 2,500 square meters (26,909.78 square feet), parking for 161 cars and various museum services.

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