Fondazione Alda Fendi – Palazzo Rhinoceros

by Danilo Brunetti

The brainchild of Alda Fendi (member of the legendary Roman fashion maison), this eponymous non-profit arts foundation’s home base Palazzo Rhinoceros boasts real estate smack beside the ancient Arch of Janus near Circus Maximus. Parts of the six-story structure date back to the 17th-century, and include 24 private apartments and a rooftop restaurant, Caviar Kaspia Roma, which specializes in Russian delicacies like caviar as well as Italian gastronomy. Performance and exhibition spaces designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel are always free and open to the public. In addition, the foundation has also embarked on a three-year collaboration with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and launched its first major exhibition, starring Michelangelo’s rarely seen sculpture Crouching Boy late last year. This fall, it hosts Beckett & Beckett, an artistic and multimedia homage to Irish writer Samuel Beckett. “Our space is not like other art spaces in Rome: we want to do something counterculture in our palazzo, to give freedom to art and to take inspiration from the culture of the street,” Alda Fendi told Forbes.

On stage all May, Dante, a terrifying, and dazzling installation comes from the imagination of Raffaele Curi, artistic director of the foundation, and celebrates 700 years since the death of the Supreme Poet this year. The engaging, immersive, and thoroughly original reinterpretation of The Divine Comedy combines electronic music and 15th-century miniatures by Giovanni di Paolo, exploring ecological themes and taking a journey through unknown words and worlds, to discover the beauty of the Italian language

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