Art exhibitions in Rome, fall 2021

An exhibition – The Yōkai Parade – is on display at The Japanese Institute of Culture in Rome. The show tells the history of Yōkai – supernatural creatures of Japanese mythology, spirits, and ghosts embodying the forces of nature. Originating in Japanese culture around 1000 years ago, these exotic monsters have been traveling from ancient scrolls to modern anime and manga eventually becoming an ordinary part of Japanese life.

Till October 22.

Amabie of the sea. Province of Higo, 1846.Courtesy: Main Library Kyoto University. © 2021 Istituto Giapponese di Cultura.

This fall is a lucky season for Damien Hirst lovers! The exhibition at Villa Borghese is still on, and there is also another one not to be missed. Gagosian presents Forgiving and Forgetting, a display of sculptures and new paintings by Damien Hirst.

Till October 23.

Forgiving and Forgetting installation view. © 2021 Gagosian.

The first personal show of the so-called father of Italian photography, the photographer of Mussolini, is now held at the Museo di Roma. From the first men of the fascist regime to anonymous Romans in their daily life, the photographer documented Rome in the first half of the XX century at 360 degrees. The show Adolfo Porry-Pastorel – The other look. Birth of photojournalism in Italy includes over 80 works and personal objects.

Till October 24.

If you happen to visit Rome this fall, don’t lose a highly rare chance to see a display of ancient sculptures from the most important private collection of ancient sculptures in the world. The Torlonia Marbles show at Capitoline Museum with over 90 masterpieces of classic statuary, recounts the history of collecting, restoring, and cataloging ancient Roman and Greek marbles from the late XIX century.

Till January 9, 2022.

Torlonia Marbles installation view. Fondazione Torlonia/Electa/Bulgari. Ph. Oliver Astrologo.

Another photography exhibition, Toiletpaper & Martin Parr is on display at Villa Medici. The exhibition set in the Renaissance gardens of the villa includes more than 40 works bursting with colors. The show was born out of the collaboration of Martin Parr, Maurizio Cattelan, and Pierpaolo Ferrari around the book ToiletMartin PaperParr published in 2020. It’s a nice occasion to visit Villa Medici, one of the hidden gems of Rome.

Till October 31.

@ Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Photo : Daniele Molajoli / AFR – Villa Medici.

Before planning your visit, make sure to check all the new rules museums introduced due to Covid-19.


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