Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

Rome, Italy

The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea was founded in 1883 on the initiative of the then Minister Guido Baccelli and is dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

The present building, the Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) was designed by prominent Italian architect Cesare Bazzani. It was completed between 1911 and 1915. The facade features exterior architectural friezes by sculptors Ermenegildo Luppi, Adolfo Laurenti, and Giovanni Prini, with four figures of Fame holding bronze wreaths, sculpted by Adolfo Pantaresi and Albino Candoni. The museum was expanded by Bazzani in 1934, and again in 2000.

The museum displays about 1100 paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, of which it has the largest collection in Italy. Among the Italian artists represented are Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù, Vittorio Matteo Corcos, and Giorgio Morandi.

The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.



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Founded: 1883
Category: Museums in Italy

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Eryk Gębal (4 months ago)
Can recommend this museum to anyone who likes modern art. The tour of the gallery will take approximately 1h, but there's a wide variety of art styles to see. The place is not crowded at all. The entrance for EU citizens below 26 yo is only €2. Other will have to pay €10. You can buy the tickets on the website and at the counter no problem. In the museum there's a nice coctail bar, not the cheapest though. We spent around €10 per person for one aperol.
Diman Prrok (5 months ago)
Easily accessible, by walk or tram. The stop is just in front of the entrance. There’s a nice bar in front of the building as well. You can relax at the terrace, there’s also a piano session. The two fountains that surrounds the bar makes everything better
Gina-Maria McCarthy (6 months ago)
Not going to lie, we came here for a break from the heat and to indulge in some museum air conditioning... there wasn't much air conditioning. BUT the exhibitions were stunning and we came across pieces we recognised in many of the rooms. The space is wonderful and worth the hike.
Martin Cox (6 months ago)
Beautifully cool on a hot day and the artwork is a feast for the eyes with artists of renown from all over Europe including many from Italy I had not encountered before. Free lockers a bonus and polite staff many of whom spoke English.
Libor Fůs (11 months ago)
Wow. Visiting a museum of modern or contemporary art belongs to any of my visits abroad. And Rome has surprised me very much. I will definitely be back once the exhibition is expanded. I would only perhaps welcome some form of a guide map. I felt lost sometimes :) Definitely put this on your list.
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