18 May 2018 > 28 October 2018

Eco e Narciso. Portraiture and self-portraiture in the MAXXI and Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini collections


at the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 – Rome
and MAXXI, Gallery 1, with works by Antonio Corradini and Vanessa Beecroft

curated by Flaminia Gennari Santori and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

A major exhibition uniting old masters and contemporary art

With 37 works by 25 artists from the Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini and MAXXI an exhibition that creates a dialogue between the work of old masters and contemporary artists on the theme of the portrait and the self-portrait.
From Caravaggio to Giulio Paolini, from Raphael to Richard Serra, from Bernini to Yan Pei Ming, from Piero di Cosimo to Kiki Smith, from Luigi Ontani to Pietro da Cortona, the works recount the themes of temporality, the representation of power, eroticism, the intimate and the exotic.

On show in the 11 new rooms with an area of over 700 m2 and open to the public for the first time, are 21 masterpieces from the collection of the Gallerie Nazionali, in dialogue with 17 contemporary works from MAXXI or loans, with three works realised for the occasion (by Monica Bonvicini, Giulio Paolini and Yinka Shonibare) of which two, Bent and Fused by Bonvicini and The Invisible Man by Shonibare, will be acquired for the MAXXI collection.

At MAXXI (through to 21 October)
The debate continues at MAXXI where, in Gallery 1, La Velata, the 18th century sculpture by Antonio Corradini is on show with VB74 by Vanessa Beecroft, images of the performance staged at MAXXI in 2014 and on display to the public for the first time.

For the duration of the exhibition holders of a MAXXI entrance ticket may purchase a ticket for the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini at the reduced price of €8.00; similarly, holders of a ticket for the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, may purchase an entrance ticket for MAXXI at the reduced price of €8.00. The discount is available at both venues for the 10 days following the stamping of the ticket.