|ROMA – The Road to Contemporary Art (9.4.2010)|
||From May 27th to 30th, the large spaces of the former Mattatoio (Slaughterhouse) al Testaccio host the third edition of the international Fair ROMA - The Road to Contemporary, which is opening the Roman spring of contemporary art on May 26th presenting – until May 30th - 60 galleries amongst the most significant ones in the world.|
In parallel and by subsequent inaugurations, museums MACRO and MAXXI will present their events. These programs and new spaces shall confirm the role of the Capital at the center of the worldwide artistic center. MACRO is presenting – upon invitation and reservation – the new wing of the museum designed by Odile Decq and its summer activities. MAXXI, designed by Zaha Hadid, is starting its museum activity with the exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture.
ROMA is housed for the first time in the former Slaughterhouse of quartiere Testaccio: an overall space of over 8,000 square meters, which include the two pavilions of MACRO Future and the large, suggestive newly restored Padiglione della Pelanda and will host 60 Italian and foreign galleries, selected or invited by the Committee which gathers some twenty international guests: gallery directors, collectors, and art historians. Beside the main section of the Fair - which presents the most significant, renowned galleries of the world - Start-up – on the other hand – is reserved to the emerging galleries, born after 2006, selected by a team of young curators.
Furthermore, the Fair is provided with areas to make the visit of the public as pleasant as it can be: wide central spaces for Conversation, the agenda of meetings, conferences and debates dedicated to the most current themes of contemporary art. ROMA is open from Thursday to Saturday from 04.00 p.m. until midnight, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 08.00 p.m., and the spaces of the Fair shall be animated – besides by meetings, also by guided tours and musical events addressed to both the professionals and the younger public.
Five collateral exhibitions shall be held at the same time as the exhibition, amongst which Accademie in festa, a new project developed in cooperation with 11 amongst the most important Academies and foreign Cultural Institutes in Rome, which will be opened on May 25th, featuring both international exhibitions and expositions of artists from the different countries, organized either in the respective venues or in other areas of the Capital: an actual journey through the most updated artistic production in different areas of the world. The initiative is adhered by: Cultural Forum of Austria, Academy of Denmark, Academy of Egypt, Academy of France, Swiss Institute, Goethe Institute, IILA (Latin-AmericanInstitute), Polish Institute, Academy of Romania, Royal Academy of Spain, American Academy.
The Monumental Complex of Santo Spirito in Sassia is hosting three exhibitions, namely: the third edition of Cose Mai Viste(Things You Never Saw), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, which investigates and underlines the importance of artwork collectorship and sees as protagonists this year – after the collections of gallery directors and artists – the collectors’ works; the second edition of exhibition Accademia delle Accademie, curated by Shara Wasserman, which presents the scholarship artists hosted in Rome by said prestigious cultural institutions; SPIRITO, curated by Valentina Ciarallo and Pier Paolo Pancotto, dedicated to a site specific installation by Mat Collishaw arranged in the Chiostro del Commendatore.
Piazza d’Arte, in Rome’s Acquarium – House of Architecture, presents some fifty photographic images by Peppe Avallone for an exhibition which celebrate the anniversary of the fifteen years of exhibition developed for Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples: a pathway which started in 1995 with the Montagna di sale (Salt Mountain) by Mimmo Paladino and culminated in 2009 with Pionier II by Carsten Nicolai.
An intensive program of visits, which integrate the Fair’s activities in the morning, is dedicated to the international collectors hosted by ROMA as well as to the several professionals (museum directors, curators, artists and journalists) who participate to Rome’s spring of arts.
ROMA – The Road to Contemporary Art is an event promoted by the Municipality of Rome, Department to the Cultural Policies and Communication, and by the Rome’s Chamber of Commerce, Promoroma Azienda Speciale.