Forbes May 31, 2015

3 Picks for Art and Culture in Rome
Courtney Willis Blair

The thought of Rome might not immediately conjure up images of contemporary art. Quite the opposite when you consider the ancient city and it’s ghosts of culture past. But this month was one for the books in this Italian city. Here are my picks for what to see in Rome.

Lara Favretto + Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI)
This month, Favretto’s Good Luck, project was on view at MAXXI, including her 53rd Venice Biennale work, Momentary Monument, The Swamp (2009). The series, which takes a look at those who have disappeared from public life, is voluminous in its minimalism, frank in its containment, and engaging in its materiality. It’s certainly a must see.

Rirkrit Tiravanija + Gavin Brown
Gavin Brown’s third outpost arrived in Rome just last month in a church of Vascellari of Sant’Andrea in ​​Trastevere, opening with a performance by Rirkrit Tiravanija that incorporated cooking gas. The space is incredibly charming and Brown’s decision to not have a set program, but instead to keep it open ended, is especially exciting.

David LaChapelle + Palazzo delle Esposizioni
The Roman homecoming of LaChapelle is well overdue. Curated thoughtfully by Gianni Mercurio, After the Deluge brings together bodies of work in which the American photographer deliberately removes the human presence with the work for which perhaps he is most well-known, celebrity portraits and religious scenes. It’s retrospective that won’t disappoint.

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