It’s 1961, Joan Crawford – Riccardo Castagnari, an aging star with many past successes, wants to relaunch his career. He has a script by Lukas Heller: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Crawford wants Robert Aldrich for the staging and Bette Davis – Gianni De Feoas a partner. One night Joan goes to see Bette in a Broadway theater and knocks on her dressing room door. From that moment the author – Jean Marboeuf, imagines a dense correspondence between the two bitter rivals of the screen, in which the two divas challenge and attack each other. On the scene the two protagonists give voice, body and soul to the imaginary epistolary relationship between Crawford and Davis, before, during and after the shooting of the famous film. It is a sadistic, amusing and moving role-playing game that will lead both to discover that, despite their successes, solitude is the fate of every artist. Translation and adaptation by Riccardo Castagnari: Off / Off Theater from 22 to 31 October 2019. Directed by Fabrizio Bancale.
Rome dedicates for the first time a monographic exhibition to Medardo Rosso. It is the National Roman Museum which, in the Palazzo Altemps headquarters, presents the ambitious exhibition in collaboration with the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan from 10 October 2019 to 2 February 2020 and with the support of the Medardo Rosso Museum in Barzio, with the organization and the promotion of Electa.
The unprecedented selection of works in wax, plaster and bronze, and their transformations, combined with the collection of sculptures of Palazzo Altemps investigates, as never before, the relationship with the ancient and the concept of copying in Medardo Rosso.
An exhibition-event focused on the link between Antonio Canova and the city of Rome, with over 170 works and prestigious loans from important museums and Italian and foreign collections.
Framed within an installation of great visual impact, over 170 works by Canova and some contemporary artists enliven the rooms of the Museum of Rome in Palazzo Braschi. The exhibition tells in 13 sections Canovian art and the context that the sculptor found when he arrived in the city in 1779.
Through sophisticated lighting solutions, the warm atmosphere of torchlight is recalled along the exhibition route, with which the artist, at the end of the eighteenth century, showed his works to the guests, at night, in the atelier in Via delle Colonnette.
At the Stadium of Domitian was opened the exhibition “The art of not-violent love in ancient Rome”, a collaboration between Codacons and MANN. It is a real “path” in eroticism through art and works kept at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.
The initiative will be open to middle and high schools throughout Italy to explain to students, through the help of psychologists and experts, the relationship between affectivity and sex, integrating psychology with art in order to identify a different key to speaking to young people of love, eroticism and sensuality and fighting the phenomena of bullying and violence against women, unfortunately constantly growing in Italy.
The exhibition will be open until November 6th 2019.
From April 25th to May 26th 2019 the 62nd edition of the World Press Photo will be held in Rome, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
The exhibition, conceived by the World Press Photo Foundation of Amsterdam, promoted by Roma Capitale – Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale and organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo in collaboration with 10b Photography, will host the 140 finalist photos of the prestigious photojournalism contest, which from the 1955 awards the best professional photographers every year, thus helping to build the history of the world’s best visual journalism.
Paolo Di Paolo. Mondo perdutocurated by Giovanna Calvenzi 17 April 2019 – 30 June 2019 – MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts.
A delicate, rigorous and wise recount of an Italy emerging from the ashes of the Second World War.
This exhibition presents an extraordinary chronicler of the Italy of the Fifties and Sixties who published more than 500 photographs in the weekly Il Mondo, portraying created by the famous journalist Mario Pannunzio, protagonists of the worlds of art, culture, fashion and film along with ordinary people.
Among his photos, rediscovered after more that 50 years of neglect, are those of Pier Paolo Pasolini at Monte dei Cocci in Rome, Tennesse Williams on the beach with his dog, Anna Magnani with her son on the Circeo beach, Kim Novak ironing in her room in the Grand Hotel, Sofia Loren joking with Marcello Mastroianni in the Cinecittà studios. And then a family seeing the sea for the first time at Rimini and the devastated faces of the people at the funeral of Palmiro Togliatti.
Main sponsor Gucci
This exhibition shows forty-five works and focuses on some of the themes that distinguish the work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989): his study of still lifes, landscapes, classical sculpture and Renaissance composition.
The photographs have been selected and arranged in Galleria Corsini with several different aims: to highlight the aspects of Mapplethorpe’s work that resonate particularly with Galleria Corsini, a space — in both physical and conceptual terms — dedicated to collecting, in order to forge a new relationship between visitors, the works and the areas within the gallery.
The title You Got to Burn to Shine, borrowed from the famous collection of poems by the American poet, artist and performer John Giorno, underlines the complexity of the individual in being in the world.
The exhibition, curated by Teresa Macrì, has the ambition to narrate, through a game of references and connections, the discordances and processes of redefinition of the world-system and its aesthetic interpretation in the post-ideological era.
Artists on show: Francis Alÿs, Bertille Bak, Elena Bellantoni, Jeremy Deller, Roberto Fassone, John Day, Luca Guadagnino, Mike Kelley, Krištof Kintera, Domenico Mangano and Marieke van Rooy, Fiamma Montezemolo, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa.
Roma Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.
New spaces, young talents and independent brands: the fashion shows and the events of Altaroma, the Rome fashion week, are back in January 2019 – for the presentation of the Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collections – in a renewed edition that nevertheless, does not lose its link with the artisan tradition of fashion houses and ateliers of the territory.
This season is based in the PratiBus District, a multi-purpose space of 5 thousand square meters in a portion of the former ATAC “Vittoria” depot, in Viale Angelico, which consists of four macro areas, dedicated to the different types of activities and inside which the main productions and fashion shows will take place.
Via dei Banchi Nuovi, via di Panico, via del Governo Vecchio, Piazza dell’Orologio, via Orsini, Largo Tassoni are LE VIE DEL PONTE that look at Castel Sant’Angelo and will host musical, artistic and cultural events at the end of February. This is the initiative organized by the V.E.S.T.A. to enhance the area through a real atmosphere of participation among tourists, citizens and traders.
“The Ponte district, whose name derives from the pedestrian Ponte Sant’Angelo, built by Adriano in 134 d. C. extends in reality in a much larger territory that reaches up to via della Pace and via dei Coronari, but ours – says Gianfranco Labib, president of VESTA, which includes over thirty activities in the area – is a little step to start making the territory better known, which develops on economic activities whose productions, since the Middle Ages, attracted citizens, merchants, pilgrims and tourists of the grand tour. We hope we can return, through the revitalization of the area through small events with great content, to that influx dictated by the curiosity to discover the work of a goldsmith, mosaicist, leather goods, painter, sculptor, marble worker, how to enjoy shopping, catering and receptivity sharing a piece of our history together.” (see photo gallery)