Sunday, May 26, 2013

Angelo Feroci, Rome

This wonderful, up-scale, meat specialty shop is on via del Pantheon. John and I love their window displays.

Let's end with a peek inside the shop.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ancient Roman Wall Paintings

This set of paintings is from the superb National Museum of Rome (by the Termini train station).

At the end of the 19th century a luxurious villa of the Augustan period was discovered on the grounds of the Villa Farnesina. Its wall paintings date from between 30 and 20 BC.

Details of this painting below


A visit to MACRO, Rome

John and I visited MACRO (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma) in via Nizza in the Salario neighbourhood of Rome last Tuesday. Thank heavens our friend, Mariella, was available to guide us there by bus. It's a bit out of the way for the inexperienced tourist.

MACRO is another new venue for contemporary art like MAXXI, this one in a disused Peroni beer plant, redesigned by renowned French architect, Odile Decq. Ms Decq's is another playful space with a mix of open-air, public spaces and high-ceilinged exhibition rooms.

Several exhibitions are on view at the same time. This visit there was a show of Art in Rome from 1960-1980 from the museum's permanent collections,

a show of the sculpture of Japanese artist, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, who has been a resident of Italy since 1967,

and shows of resident artists - Luca Trevisiani

and Brian Bress.

Like Zaha Hadid's MAXXI, Odile Decq's MACRO is as interesting as a structure alone to justify a visit. Thanks for being our guide, Mariella!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Classical Roman Mosaic

Forgot to photograph the information tag -- too busy looking more and more closely at the mosaic tiles.

My idea of fun at the National Museum of Rome.

May 25th -- I just found the tag -- this is a mosaic pavement of Dionysus with satyrs in a decorative border -- 2nd century B.C.


Gastone Novelli at MACRO

Bill and I were very pleased by MACRO's small exhibitions by individual artists.

It's always exciting to discover new artists. I loved this collage at first sight -- "Untitled", 1963. Collage on paper. It is by Gastone Novelli (Vienna, 1925 -- Milan, 1968).

We didn't know Novelli at all. This exhibit showed work from the 1950's and '60s. We could see his influence or affinity with many American artists -- Twombly, Rivers, Rauschenberg. ("Untitled", 1962. pencil and pastel on paper. Collection: MACRO)

"Il Cervello", 1957. Pencil, tempera, oil and collage on paper. Collection Ivan Novelli, Rome.
Four lovely works.
Detail of "Senza titolo (Untitled)",1960 -- top right corner.
The MACRO bookstore had a stunning collection of his work from the Italian publisher Sylvana Editore. Too heavy for our carry-on, we went straight back to our apartment and ordered it online.


Ji Dachun at MACRO

Rome's MACRO Gallery of contemporary art had many individual small exhibitions. I was attracted to a show of paintings by Chinese artist Ji Dachun called Forgotten Desires and Accompanying Clouds.
Plastic Landscape, 2011-12. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Fred Torres Collaborations, New York.
Holy Mother A Hostage, 2011. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Aye Gallery, Beijing; Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich. I looked at the details closely.
The circular motifs reminded me of Canadian artist Gary Evans' work.
I look forward to seeing more of Ji Dachun's work.