Here is the latest post from Ariella:
Over the past few months I have explored art in Rome from a historical point of view, as well as its current and future purpose. While Rome is known for masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Michaelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others; the city has a vibrant contemporary art culture as well.
Art and architecture in Rome is always present. We travel though it everyday, sit in its’ spaces, it creates views and vistas and reminds us of the past while providing the setting for the future.
Rome functions like a gallery. We circulated much in the same way we travel through a space designed for art. The city has made a concerted effort to integrate contemporary art and modern life with the construction of new museums. These spaces house newer collections and also facilitate the experience of promoting the collaboration between art, architecture, and everyday life.
The challenge of the newer buildings and space is not to interfere or interrupt “historic” Rome but rather to blend in. These new spaces have attracted many visitors and artists to the city. Artists come to Rome from all over the world seeking inspiration while many born and raised in Rome have also flourished as artists.
Every week for the past few months, I have visited a new contemporary art museum, gallery, studio, or installation and I’ve been able to learn from the historical cultural wealth of the Rome as well as from the current vibrant scene.
My past impressions of contemporary art were of paintings and pieces that were difficult to relate to, very conceptual. Contemporary art is always evolving and now quite a few artists have returned to figurative painting/works.
The collaboration reflected in exhibits, events, and installations have shaped the contemporary art world in Rome.
I asked Ariella for a list of some of her favorite contemporary art museums and galleries.
I’m adding one of my favorites to her list, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.
Ariella mentioned two other spaces. They’re not galleries or museums but display contemporary art.
MOMA Hostel – a hostel run by artists.
MAAM – this space has living quarters for homeless families. The families live with the art. When Ariella went to visit, one of the pieces had a dent in it because the children used it as a soccer/football goal post. I went to a street art exhibit there and thought it was one of the most interesting venues for art in Rome.