Rome Contemporary

The research initiative Rome Contemporary aims to reevaluate the significance of Rome in the field of art throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. For this period, established narratives on the one hand insist on an increasing peripheralization of the city. On the other hand, the self-referential formula of Rome’s historically unique position persisted. In engaging with previous art-historical interpretations, Rome Contemporary supports innovative research on the Roman art scene, taking into account its translocal interconnections.

Performance, "I want to say something", Performer: Denise Hasler and Martina-Sofie Wildberger, April 5, 2018, Rome

Challenging the common assumption that the city lost its far-reaching importance in the art field since the end of the Ancien Régime, this initiative invites to verify the implicit hierarchies which have been shaping the Starting from the city of Rome, the research initiative invites studies that examine objects from the visual arts and related areas with regard to the particular conditions of their production, publication and circulation. In contrast to the universalizing historiographical tendencies brought on by the increase of global perspectives in contemporary art history, Rome Contemporary focuses on idiomatic aspects; on the spatial, temporal and cultural situatedness of its objects of inquiry.

At the same time, however, the initiative is aimed at destabilizing a narrow understanding of locality. The trope of Rome as a palimpsest of condensed history is put in tension with the network of reciprocal exchange processes that have linked and still connect the city translocally. In so doing, Rome Contemporary seeks to specify and expand the various frames of reference of the Roman art scene in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Alongside this change of perspective, the initiative also enables and promotes an ongoing discussion of the historiographical conventions, canons and structures upon which the history of contemporary art in Italy relies.

Performance, "I want to say something", Participants: Tobias Bienz, Denise Hasler and Martina-Sofie Wildberger, April 5, 2018, Rome

In the framework of Rome Contemporary, a wide range of topics is negotiated, including: artistic and curatorial practices; art criticism and publishing; art collectives and networks; public and private collections; the art market and institutional history; history of the fascist regime and its aftermath; colonialism, world wars, and migration; urbanism and public space; terrorism; Italian Theory; feminism; ecology; the transitions from Fordism to post-Fordism and the interactions between globalization and art production; narratives and methods of historicization; artistic or art historical concepts of time and history.

Investigating the diverse spatial, temporal and cultural entanglements of the Roman art scene in the 20th and 21st centuries, Rome Contemporary serves as a research platform and combines different perspectives on the city through the following formats:

- a scientific program which, in addition to the individual projects of the involved researchers, also includes lectures, workshops, and reading groups, as well as seminars at the institute and in situ

- a digital initiative that archives art-historically relevant texts, images, sounds and video materials according to new standards, and makes them available for research

- artistic interventions that engage with the Institute’s holdings and temporarily repurpose its premises.

Events

Visual Arts and Communication in Postwar Industry: Corporate House Organs as Tools for International Strategic Policies

Donatella Germanese and Carlo Vinti
Online event via Zoom
Jun 28, 2021 11:00 - 12:30

Lancio della collezione digitale di controcultura

Evento inaugurale
Evento inaugurale online via Zoom
May 13, 2021 11:00 - 12:30

Carla Accardi. Opere e contesti

Conferenza
Evento online via Zoom
Mar 11, 2021 14:30 - 18:30

Questioning the Canon. New Perspectives on Postwar Italian Art

Giovanna Zapperi and Stefano Collicelli Cagol
Online event via Zoom
Mar 2, 2021 11:00 - 13:00

Machine Vision(s) : a Seventeen-Century Catoptric Device Reconsidered/Reconfigured

Marie Theres Stauffer
Event streamed live / Participation on-site possible upon registration
Oct 9, 2020 12:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Built Space as Enabler: Social and Affective Affordances

Darío Negueruela del Castillo
Event streamed live / Participation on-site possible upon registration
Oct 9, 2020 11:00 - 12:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Pareidolia. Vie, piazze e monumenti di Roma

Open House with Artists & Round table
Open House Exhibiton: on-site visit possible upon registration / Round table will be streamed live
Oct 8, 2020 17:00 - Oct 10, 2020 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

"Roman Senators with Sheriffs' Faces." Some Remarks on Anachronism

Peter Geimer
Nov 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Hertziana Insights – Rome Contemporary

Tristan Weddigen, Maria Bremer e Marieke von Bernstorff
Oct 6, 2019 15:00
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Looking Inside. The Home in Italian Art and Visual Culture from the 1940s to the 1970s

Silvia Bottinelli
Jun 25, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Rimostrare – Re-Exhibiting

Jun 19, 2019 14:30
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, via Nazionale 194, 00184 Roma

Mostre in mostra

Daniela Lancioni
È richiesta la prenotazione.
Jun 19, 2019 12:00
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, via Nazionale 194, 00184 Roma

Figures of Protest: Figuration and Politics in and around Michelangelo Pistoletto's Comizi (1965–1966)

Tenley Bick
Jun 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Reimagining the Family Album: Carla Lonzi's Autoritratto (1969)

Teresa Kittler
Jun 6, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Dopo il Grand Tour - Riferimenti | Revisioni | Ritorni

Apr 12, 2019 09:30
Accademia Nazionale di San Luca

"Guttuso, 'Guernica', Gramsci"

Lara Pucci
Mar 21, 2019 13:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

"A Time of Synthesis": Roman Art at Midcentury

Adrian R. Duran
Mar 21, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

A Difficult Heritage: The Afterlife of Fascist-Era Architecture, Monuments, and Works of Art in Italy

Mar 11, 2019 10:00 - Mar 12, 2019 20:00
American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, 00153 Rom und Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Articulating the In-Between. Changing Exhibition Practices in Early Postwar Rome

Patrick Barron
Feb 26, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

From Piranesi to Contemporary Art. Visit to the workshop and to the archive of the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica

Christoph Keller
Feb 14, 2019 11:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Exhibiting (and) History

Dec 6, 2018 10:00 - Dec 7, 2018 18:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

The Worker, the Monster and the Ancient Gods. "Operaismo", "Autonomia" and the Depiction of Revolutionaries

Jacopo Galimberti
Dec 4, 2018 12:00 - 14:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Legare, misurare, attraversare - Un'ipotesi di risignificazione dello spazio espositivo nella Roma degli anni Settanta

Luigia Lonardelli
Oct 23, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Memorie del fascismo nell'arte contemporanea a Roma: Fabio Mauri e Giosetta Fioroni intorno al 1970

Laura Iamurri
May 23, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Time is Out of Joint

Marcella Cossu
Apr 7, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Speaking Bodies? Recoding Language in Women's Art Practices - From Present to Postwar Italy

Apr 5, 2018 18:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Museo dell'Altro e dell'Altrove di Metropoliz_Città Meticcia

Giorgio de Finis e Carlo Gori
Feb 10, 2018 12:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
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