With collections encompassing some 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is a lavish representation of Italian artistic culture from the 1800s to the present day. The current layout — conceived as a discourse on the concept of time — goes beyond the usual chronological arrangement and branches out in simultaneous pathways where works are grouped on the basis of theme, contrast, analogy and direct citation.
Together with the great names in art history, the works of contemporary Italian and international artists let us broaden our horizons to different or unexpected ideas and stimuli. By recontemplating works in situations other than their original milieux, perspectives multiply along with possible interpretations. Even Cesare Bazzani’s building, from 1911, is included in this process through a dialog between present and past: an almost archeological restoration has returned it to its original splendor, yet given it immediate ties to the present. Light once again inhabits these spaces, and the building’s interaction with its exteriors and with the city are championed.
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea naturally goes through continuous phases of transformation and renewal, partly in light of the new experiences and critical readings that become necessary over time.
It is a meeting place, a venue for learning and discovery, that invites reflection into contemporary languages and exhibition practices, the museum’s role in our present, and the common ground with which it can weave new relationships with the public.
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