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Magic and multifaceted Fornasetti – Exhibition in Rome


The works of Piero Fornasetti, famous for his multifaceted talent (he was an accomplished painter, sculptor, interior decorator, and printer of art books), dialogue with the ancient sculptures collection of the Museum at Palazzo Altemps in Rome

The exhibition “Citazioni pratiche. Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps” (Practical Quotes. Fornasetti at Palazzo Altemps) marks the 20-year anniversary since the opening of the museum at Palazzo Altemps and it will be open until May 5th.

The choice of exhibiting the works by Piero Fornasetti (and his son Barnaba) inside the courtyard, the frescoed rooms and the Palazzo’s theatre, is not casual: Fornasetti’s works have always been characterized by an original and artistic use of past architecture, archaeology, and history. The aim of the exhibition is to put in relation the precious sculptures collection and the spaces of Palazzo Altemps with the modern objects designed by Fornasetti, creating a smart and unsettling exchange that deals with classic and antique themes.

First built as an aristocratic mansion inhabited over the years by members of the Riario, Medici, Orsini, Altemps and Hardouin families, in 1997 the building became the home of the Museo Nazionale Romano, dedicated to the history of antiquarian collecting. The palace now features exhibits of the antique statues of leading Roman families of the past.