Modern art in Rome?

Old Aug 16th, 2008, 02:54 AM
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Modern art in Rome?

a friend and I are starting to plan a trip to Rome and Tuscany. She graciously explores churches and religious art, but really prefers modern art. Is there a modern art museum in Rome or Florence?
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 03:10 AM
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I thought the Collection of modern Religious Art at the Vatican museums was quite interesting. We wandered in that section of the museums because my son was doing a paper on Matisse and wanted to see one of his works. This part of the museums is very near the Sistine chapel
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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
in Villa Giulia, next to Villa Borghese (the two parks run together)

http://www.gnam.beniculturali.it/index.php?en/1/home
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Your friend also might be interested in taking a stroll down the via Margutta, which is the equivalent of New York City's Soho district. Fellini lived on this street. (And some tourists recognize it as the street where Gregory Peck lived in "Roman Holiday.") Lots of contemporary art galleries there, and it's not far from Richard Meier's controversial Ara Pacis museum on the Tiber.

http://www.arcspace.com/architects/m.../arapacis.html

There's a memorable eatery on the via Margutta, the vegetarian "Il Margutta," that covers its walls with changing new art exhibits. I've enjoyed the buffet lunch, as well as its multi-course dinners, but I think they have a piano and it might be possible to just pop in for a drink. But most people go for the lunch buffet.

http://www.ilmargutta.it/margutta_en...d=15&Itemid=28



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Thanks!
A Matisse at the Vatican Museum is a surprise.

The Modern art museum is just what I was hoping to find.

The vegetarian restauraunt looks fabulous but probably way outside my price range. Do you have any idea what the buffet costs?

Looks like Rome has a lot more to offer than the ancient sites - makes it all the more challenging to maximize the 5 days we have there!
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Santa Maria degli Angeli/Diocletian Baths has unusual contemporary sculptures, both on the doors and inside. The Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj did the Annunciation and Resurrection sculptures on the doors and the huge head of John the Baptist inside.
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Good stuff, thanks.
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kathcoll,

I also tire of the whole religious art thing and when I was in Rome last June saw a comprehensive and wonderful Chagall retrospective. There is modern art to be found. The Herald Tribune lists international art openings and closings and you can be on the lookout for what is coming/going during your visit.

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A blogger who ate the buffet lunch at Il Margutta in July 2007 reported the price to be 15 euros:

http://reallyrome.com/blog/2007/07/0...t-il-margutta/
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Zeppole - thank you for sharing another great suggestion! I think I bookmark you more than anyone on Fodors.
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Wow- 15 euros 2 years ago, even adjusted for inflation - is great. I enjoyed reading the blog, too. I'm not vegetarian, but my son is, so I've grown to love a good vegan meal.

We'll definitely try to fit this is.
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If your friend is also interested in modern architecture (beyond modern art), there's also a Richard Meier church in Rome: Dives in Misericordia, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/blutos_...7602435123502/
I've yet to see it, but it seems absolutely great.
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