• April 27 – August 22, 2022

    Opera Opera

    Allegro ma non troppo. Contemporary Art from the MAXXI Collection

Opera, whose name derives from the Italian word for “work,” is a genre in constant flux. While some see it as representing outdated bourgeois culture, for many others it embodies the ultimate art form with almost revolutionary possibilities. Opera reflects the drama of life and unites all kinds of disciplines from music to poetry, from design to choreography, from painting to acting, film, and performance. It has always taken up current developments in the various arts and helped to shape them.

Situated next to the State Opera, the PalaisPopulaire, in cooperation with MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, will present the exhibition Opera Opera. Allegro ma non troppo in 2022. Curated by MAXXI Artistic Director Hou Hanru, Director MAXXI Art Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and curator Eleonora Farina and based on a wide and significant selection of the Museum’s Collection, the show is devoted to a quintessentially Italian subject while at the same time exploring the fascination and potential of opera as a theatrical Gesamtkunstwerk from the perspective of global visual arts. The artists featured deal with physical expression, masking, staging, performativity, experiences of space, and sound. Among them are important protagonists of Italian contemporary art such as Monica Bonvicini, Vanessa Beecroft, Enzo Cucchi, and Liliana Moro, as well as international artists such as William Kentridge, Philippe Rahm, Susan Philipsz, and Kara Walker. Three international artists will be commissioned to create new site-specific productions expressly for the show.

In co-operation with the MAXXI, Rome


Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Quadro di fili elettrici, 1967. Image Courtesy Fondazione Maxxi, Photo: Patrizia Tocci © Michelangelo Pistoletto