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5 Exhibits in Rome that are Not-To-Miss this Winter
10 December 2019

Visiting Rome in the winter means a lot of things, among them: lightweight, puffy winter coats become the fashion norm; an umbrella becomes a purse staple; and it’s culturally acceptable to drink a cappuccino in the afternoon (on rainy or overcast days, anyway). Chillier days make for the best museum days to absorb the history and culture of Rome’s museums. While the classic museums are always a good idea (Vatican Museums and Capitoline Museums) for those looking for something a bit more contemporary (and temporary) here are a list of five upcoming exhibitions not-to-miss in Rome.

Five Not-To-Miss Temporary Exhibits in Rome this Winter


A self-portrait of Raphael in his 20s, painted between 1504 and 1507, hangs in the Uffizi in Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi

The most highly anticipated exhibition in Rome in 2020 is the largest retrospective of the high Renaissance painter, Raphael (or Raffaello in Italian) who died 500 years ago in Rome on April 6, 1520. While exhibitions will be organized all over Italy and Europe, the largest will be held in Rome at the Scuderie del Quirinale venue. The Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence which houses a substantial collection of Raphael’s works will be on loan at the exhibition. The collection of works will be the first time many of the works will be exhibited together proposing a once-in-a-lifetime show to experience.

Plan your visit:

Scuderie del Quirinale (Via XXIV Maggio 16) | March 5 – 14 June, 2020 | website

La Meccanica dei Mostri. Da Carlo Rambaldi a Makinarium (The Mechanics of Monsters. From Carlo Rambaldi to Makinarium)

The exhibit displays the sketches and working drawings created by Italian special effects celebrity, Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi’s anamatronics and creations brought to the silver screen such global sensations as E.T., King Kong, and the cult classic Alien.

Plan your visit:

Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Via Nazionale, 194) | Through to January 6, 2020 |  Website


Observe nearly 270 photographs of the world’s cities taken by photographer Gabriele Basilico over the course of his life, ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s. Photos of the same city are displayed together, taken decades apart to highlight the assonance and dissonance time played on the history of the city.

Plan your visit:

Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Via Nazionale, 194) | January 25, 2020 – April 13, 2020 |  Website

La Rivoluzione della Visione. Moholy-Nagy e i suoi Contemporanei ungheresi (The Revolution of Vision. Moholy-Nagy and his Hungarian contemporaries)

The exhibition is dedicated to the art and memory of László Moholy-Nagy, a key Hungarian artist responsible for disseminating the Bauhaus movement around the world. On display is a selection of paintings, photographs and graphic works signed by the artist as well as a selection of films that provide a wind panorama of the artists’ view and scope.

Plan your visit:

Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Via Francesco Crispi 24) | Until  March 15, 2020 |  Website

On the Spiritual Matter of Art

The exhibition features the work of 19 contemporary artists from around the world, from different backgrounds and mediums, whose work touches the subject of spirituality. Contemporary works are contrasted with artifacts harkening from ancient Rome borrowed from some of Rome’s most notable museums, including the Vatican Museums and the Capitoline Museums.

Plan your visit:

MAXXI (Via Guido Reni 4A) | Until March 8, 2020 |  Website

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Have you visited any of the winter exhibitions in Rome? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!


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