The very well-curated exhibition ‘Cubist Cubism‘ is going on now until June 23rd at the Complesso del Vittoriano. The substantial exhibit, with more than 200 works from 1907-1914, goes through great effort to explain the history and evolution of Cubism, as well as the far-reaching effects it had on culture at the time. Any pre-conceived visions of Cubism as an art form for painters and sculptors are dispelled as one moves through a surprisingly wide range of works drawn from literature, music, cinema, architecture, theatre, fashion, and the decorative arts. Part of what makes the exhibition so remarkable is the dichotomy between the subject matter and the setting. After having one’s senses bombarded by the primarily classically influenced aesthetics of the Roman landscape, one directly experiences just how shocking and revolutionary the Cubist movement must have felt at the time, as it pushed forward its complex vision of a modern world. ‘Cubist Cubism’ was put together in collaboration with many prestigious museums, including the Tate, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, and numerous others. The result is a comprehensive exhibit with an unusually potent visceral effect.
Til 23 June
COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO
Via San Pietro in Carcere (Fori Imperiali)
Mon-Thur 9.30am–7.30pm; Fri and Sat 9.30am–11.30pm; Sunday 9.30am–8.30pm
€12; €9 reduced