Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
Yesterday I ventured to the lovely Borghese Gardens to visit the Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna. Established in 1883, the Galleria found a new home in 1915 in a monumental building designed by Cesare Bazzani for the 1911 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Unity of Italy. The museum collection includes works from the 19th and 20th centuries; highlighting both Italian and foreign born modern artists.
When you enter the museum, the central area contains several 19th century sculptures placed on a mirrored floor created by Alfredo Pirri. It’s both magnificent and wildly disorienting to look down and see yourself reflected up. I viewed pieces by familiar Modern artists, like Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Jackson Pollack. The collection also includes some fantastic neoclassical sculpture and famous Italian artists like de Chirico, whose work I had previously viewed at the Carlo Bilotti Museum which is also in the Borghese Gardens.
Unfortunately, I visited between special exhibits, although the advertising for the show featuring Andy Warhol which ended September 9th was still posted. I was able to catch a glimpse of the upcoming show featuring Italian artist Gino Marotta, who’s whimsical sculptures can be seen throughout the museum and in the photos below.
Despite terrible traffic that caused it to take one and a half hours to get to the museum from our flat, the trip was well worth it.