Hot Dates November 2020

by Danilo Brunetti

Vibrant contemporary art and photography exhibits light up Rome’s dark November days. 

Nancy Cadogan – All Month

The delightful small museum dedicated to the memory of Romantic poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley is hosting a new exhibition of the works of British contemporary artist Nancy Cadogan. Gusto features 16 new and never-before-seen oil paintings inspired by the great Romantic poets and named after William Hazlitt’s essay ‘On Gusto,’ penned in 1817. Cadogan created Gusto while on lockdown and what emerged was a body of work that strives to give hope in the midst of the global health and economic crisis. The Keats-Shelley House, a temple to Romanticism, is the perfect backdrop for this lush new exhibit.

Manolo Valdés – All Month

An monographic exhibition of the works of contemporary Spanish artist and long-time New York resident Manolo Valdés is on offer all month at Palazzo Cipolla. The Forms of Time is made up of about 70 works, coming from the artist’s own studio as well as from important private collections. The pieces on display include paintings and sculptures—in wood, marble, bronze, alabaster, brass, steel, and iron—many of which are of significant proportions. The collected works trace the artist’s creative path from the early 1980s to today, a form of expression that combines political and social obligations with humor and irony.

Massimo Siragusa – All Month

One hundred photographs by Massimo Siragusa make up a new exhibition at The Museum of Rome in Trastevere. The simply titled Roma exhibit explores the lesser-known and seldom-celebrated outskirts of the Eternal City. The contemporary Siciilian photographer captures the many contradictions of Rome’s suburbs in startling color, landscapes where artifacts from the city’s splendorous past coexist with 1960s apartment blocks, where streets are transformed into parking lots, and where illegal construction is the norm. It’s a less picturesque but still fascinating side of Rome.