Conversation Piece part II

New art in the Eternal city
Maaike Schoorel SUB-LO (exhibition view) Maureen Paley, London 2015 Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

New art in the Eternal city

The name of this event was inspired by the famous Italian film by Luchino Visconti, Conversation Piece (1974), which refers to a specific genre of painting. This exhibition aims to spark conversation about the ancient and contemporary history of Rome, as well as discussion about the work of the different artists.

When you first step foot into the courtyard of the Palazzo Ruspoli stables, it’s hard to pick which room to venture into first. This exhibition brings you the work of four artists who show you what the concept of space means to them and how they believe a work of art can converse with it. The featured artists all originate from foreign countries outside of Italy, who traveled to Rome to make their beautiful contemporary works of art.

New art in the Eternal city
David Schutter
50 x 60 cm; Oil on canvas

Beginning in room number one, we start with the art of David Schutter. His contemporary works are the result of a long visual bond with paintings as a prodigious source of perception. If you get close enough to his carefully illustrated canvases, you can see the combination of hidden colors that display the realness of oil on linen, as the name gives. Schutter does a brilliant job of portraying a medium of space that really starts a conversation.

New art in the Eternal city
Jackson
Glass, mist, metal, electronics
Courtesy: the artist

In room number two we have the art of Jackson. This artwork is sure to captivate you. The eerie sound, the mist, and the magnificent colors of a rainbow all emit from his alluring installation. This enchanting work of art is something you shouldn’t pass up. Stop and listen to the sound waves and take a minute to watch how the mist interacts with the light. Glance from different angels to see a new projection of the mixed elements. The possibilities are endless.

New art in the Eternal city
Kilian Rüthemann
One for every moment (Stack), 2014
Photo: Gunnar Meier; Courtesy: RaebervonStenglin

Room number three holds the art of Kilian Rüthermann. Rüthermann’s installations establish a dialogue between space in the city, and the continuous underlying spirit of Rome. Although these four brick walls may look the same, they are all one in their own. Get up close and notice all of the details that distinguish one from another. People don’t tend to take in to consideration how meaningful or symbolic brick walls like these can be, even though they are still widely used today. Let these walls show you the specific feelings of the ruins of the Eternal city, and how easily people disregard them.

We end in room number four with Maaike Schoorel (featured image). Although these paintings appear soft, they emit exquisite emotion. At first glance, you may see an abstract canvas with scattered color. As you get closer, you can see the delicate outlines of a child, a palm tree, or even flowers. The plants placed in the exhibition space create a fluid cross-reference, as to show where Schoorel received her inspiration. Each painting has it’s own unique tie to the outdoors of Rome.

The employees are very welcoming and are easy to talk to and it’s an all around friendly atmosphere. Even if you aren’t an art junkie, this is an invigorating gallery to stroll through that’s bound to spark up a good conversation. Not only does the art capture your attention, it indulges your emotions, and perhaps can give you a new way to think about Rome.

All of the art was made to be displayed in the Palazzo Ruspoli stables, and each piece was envisioned and specially conceived for it’s current room, so make sure to see them before they’re gone! Stop by and take a quick glance, or enjoy a drink and stay for a while. It offers a broad variety of tastes and perceptions. This features something that will satisfy everyone.


Till 3 April

Palazzo Ruspoli

Via Fontanella Borghese 56b

Open: Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm

Entrance: Free

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A caffeine dependent college student exploring her Italian roots, Maggie is a junior from the University of Minnesota with a major in communication, media, and rhetoric. She is studying abroad in Rome from January to the end of April of 2016. When she's not busy with school or writing articles for the magazine, you can find her eating gelato, sipping a cappuccino, or shopping on Via del Corso with her friends. When she graduates in the spring of 2017, she plans on finding work with a large magazine company in the U.S.

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