Citazioni Pratiche. Fornasetti at Palazzo Altemps
To celebrate twenty years since its opening to the public, the Museum at Palazzo Altemps is hosting the exhibition Citazioni Pratiche. Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps (Practical Quotes) till May 6.
The exhibition and its staging were designed by Barnaba Fornasetti, Artistic Director of the Atelier Fornasetti, and Valeria Manzi, consultant for cultural projects, based on an intense dialogue between the ancient, the modern and the contemporary.
The exhibition starts in the open air and flows into the interior of the Palazzo, passing from the courtyard to the frescoed rooms and on to the theatre. The visitor is invited to wander without following any predefined route and explore all the rooms, twenty-seven of which present an unprecedented encounter between true masterpieces of ancient sculpture and the works by Fornasetti. Another six, open for the first time to the public, host complete installations featuring the unmistakable Fornasetti aesthetic.
The collection of sculptures and the spaces of the Palazzo interact with over 800 pieces by the Milanese design studio: drawings, furniture and accessories retrace its output from the thirties right up to the present day, revealing its unbridled fantasy and surrealist traits. In an experience that is contemplative in nature, visitors can immerse themselves in a richly stimulating ambiance, free to devise their own itinerary and draw concepts and images from a multiverse that does not explain but rather bewilders and nudges them to form their own insights. Citazioni Pratiche (Practical Quotes) is “an invitation to imagination, to think”, as Pietro himself puts it, leaving interpretation to the individual and their own imagination.
The exhibition, through the fantastic, playful, dreamlike features of Fornasetti’s creations, brings the two souls of Palazzo Altemps into the foreground. Created as an aristocratic residence for, successively, the members of the Riario, Medici, Orsini, Altemps and Hardouin families, in 1997 it became the premises of the Museo Nazionale Romano devoted to the history of antiquarian collecting, just a short stroll away from Piazza Navona.
Source: Press Fornasetti
Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 46
Till 6 May 2018
Open Tue – Sun from 9am – 7.45pm
Tickets: €8 – 13