Two fabulous exhibitions of art in two of Rome’s historic venues.
City breakers to Rome and fans of Matisse will be in seventh heaven next week as a stunning new exhibition opens in the Italian capital, devoted to the work of this world-renowned artist and in particular his love of the Orient. Housed at the Scuderie del Quirinale, formerly Rome’s papal stables and today a grand exhibition hall, the exhibition will showcase, for the first time ever in Italy, over 100 works by Matisse including several of his most famous masterpieces.
A fabulous ensemble, ‘Matisse Arabesque’ seeks to demonstrate the influence of the Orient on Matisse’s works, from his visits to the Louvre’s collection of Islamic art and Munich’s exhibition of Muslim art in 1910 to his travels to Algeria, Russia and Morocco. The works have been brought together from all over the world, with loans from the Centre Pompidou and Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, the Tate in London, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the MET and MoMA in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Running from the 5th of March to the 21st of June, this is one event not to be missed! Entrance costs 12€ (9.50€ concessions) and the exhibition is open daily from 10am until 8pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
Meanwhile from March 16th (until 26th July), the Chiostro del Bramante, a stunning example of 15th-century Renaissance architecture, plays host to a Chagall retrospective entitled ‘Marc Chagall – Love and Life’. On loan from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are more than 150 works by Chagall, exploring the unique bond between the Russian painter and his wife and constant source of inspiration, Bella Rosenfeld, thus linking the life of Chagall directly in his work.
Starting with images of his childhood and youth in his native Vitebsk, the exhibition plots a course through the illustrations for his autobiography My Life and the books written by Bella First Encounter and Burning Lights, finishing with his more mature works. Open daily from 10am until 8pm (9pm on Saturday and Sunday), the Chiostro del Bramante is a mere three-minute walk from Piazza Navona on Via Arco della Pace. Entrance costs 16€ (14€ concessions).