An exhibition devoted to the contemporary photographer at Villa Medici, the French Academy of Rome
Through January 19th, Villa Medici, the French Academy of Rome’s Grandes Galeries will be hosting the most important Italian exhibition of the great contemporary photographer Patrick Faigenbaum. Organized in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery, the exhibition is apart of the 12th of the International Photography Festival in Rome. The exhibit spans 40 years of the French photographer’s artistic career featuring 100 works including still and intimate portraits and rural and city landscapes and outskirts. Faigenbaum gained notoriety as a great contemporary photographer in the 80s. In fact, it was between 1985 and 1987 when the artist was a fellow at the French Academy of Rome — Villa Medici, and began his collection on aristocratic Italian families.
The villa, orginally acquired by Fernando de’ Medici in 1576, boasts one of the most breathtaking views of the entire city as it sits atop the Spanish Steps. Visitors of the villa can soak in, apart from the exhibition, 18 acres of its strikingly beautiful gardens accentuated by glorious sculptures and fountains. In 1803, the former French Emperor Napolean Bonaparte moved the French Academy of Rome to the Villa Medici with hopes of revitalizing an institution that would inspire young French artists to copy the materpieces of the Renaissance era.
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Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
Ticket Office Hours:
10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm (closed on Monday)
Entry fee to Villa Medici: €9 (€11 including Cardinal’s apartment on Wed)
Entry fee to exhibition only: €6