Two thousand years ago the Imperial Rome was the centre of the world and its power, where the global economic strategics were decided and where the most important contemporary art happenings were constantly developing. Everybody wanted to come here and to stay or just pass by as ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME – ‘Tutte le strade portano a Roma‘. Today in 2013 New York is the city of that has this position with its power and appeal, where the newest tendencies of the global society are and where monetary business is growing next to contemporary art as two parallel worlds, which often overlap.
This is one of the reasons the exhibition ‘Empire State’ at Palazzo delle Esposizioni of Rome, curated by Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld, is perfect for the dialogue between the 25 contemporary artists from New York and the Eternal City.
The intergenerational exhibition shows the recent works of Adrian Piper, Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, Ryan Sullivan and others, with some works especially made for the occasion, like the one made by Keith Edmier or the minimalistic work by Virginia Overton.
The title of the exhibition refers, on the one hand, to the hip-hop anthem from 2009 created by Jay-Z with Alicia Keys and, on the other hand, to ‘Empire’ – the essay on the global capitalism led by the US – published in 2000 by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt.
‘Empire State’ uses similar allegories to illustrate the social-economic transformation of the US and its impact.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194
Tue-Sun 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10.30pm
entry fee €10-12.5