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"MACRO: Contemporary Art Museum" MACRO - Museum Of Contemporary Art Tip by iblatt

  San Pietro as a palace of cards, MACRO
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  • San Pietro as a palace of cards, MACRO - Rome
      San Pietro as a palace of cards, MACRO
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  • Esther Srocker's "Destino Comune", MACRO museum - Rome
      Esther Srocker's "Destino Comune", MACRO museum
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  • "barbed plastic" labyrinth, MACRO museum - Rome
      "barbed plastic" labyrinth, MACRO museum
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  • Paolo Grassino's MADRE, MACRO museum - Rome
      Paolo Grassino's MADRE, MACRO museum
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  • Messina's "Balconi meridionali", MACRO museum - Rome
      Messina's "Balconi meridionali", MACRO museum
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I had read a few enthusiastic reviews of the relatively new MACRO museum of contemporary art, and during my last visit to Rome decided to dedicate an afternoon to this museum. I was impressed, and so will you be, if you are a fan of contemporary art or at least if you are intrigued by it.

I cannot say that I liked every work of art I saw there, but most were interesting, some pretty, some provoking and, indeed, intriguing. Take, for example, the San Pietro Basilica built from cards (including a disroportional number of jokers!); or a whole whitewashed room with a wallpaper-like pattern of simple straight lines of black tape along the walls and ceilings, with some overhanging loops of tape of different sizes to make it more interesting and unique: this is Esther Stocker's "Destino Comune" (Common Destiny); or a sanguinous-red wax on polystyrene and wood sculpture, looking like a wooly creature with amoeba-like pseudopods, named "Madre" (mother), made by Paolo Grassino in 2008. And how about wooden surfaces covered with white lacquer paint, with lines of holes drilled into them creating an abstract image.

One of my favorites was a temporary exhibit called "Balconi meridionali" (Southern balconies), a minimalistic exhibit made of iron and some cotton sheets against a white wall background, which managed to convey the image and feel of sunny Mediterranean balconies. This formed part of the theme "The Eighties Are Back", which invites various artists to exhibit one work they did in the 1980s and one more recent work, with reviews by two art critics of different generations. Interesting!

All the museum exhibits are spaciously arranged on four levels, in an interesting architectural space which eloquently enhances their artistic attributes.

Address: Via Nizza 138, rome
Directions: Near Piazza di Porta Pia on XX Settembre st.
Open Tues - Sun 11:00-22:00
Entrance: 11 Euro, valid 7 days

Phone: 06 6710 70400

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 2, 2011
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