Spring Guide 2018: Rome
Springtime in Rome is a season of art events, world-class exhibitions, highly-anticipated tennis tournaments, theatre, and music. Enjoy every experience that the Italian capital has to offer with this guide to the best spring events in Rome.
Andreas Gursky: Bangkok
On display in Italy for the first time, Andreas Gursky’s photographs are produced on the scale of large paintings and truly interact with, rather than simply document, contemporary life. The works on display at Gagosian are from his Bangkok series (2010), as well as some photographs from Ocean VI (2010), which capture the world’s oceans from a satellite view.
Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16, 00187 Rome
Citazioni Pratiche. Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps
As part of the museum’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Palazzo Altemps is hosting an exhibition entitled “Citazioni Pratiche” or “Practical Quotes”, which sets over 800 pieces – some experimental, some playful – from the Fornasetti archive against the permanent, classically-leaning collection of the Museo Nazionale Romano at the Palazzo.
Palazzo Altemps, Piazza di S. Apollinare 46, 00186 Roma
Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
With reviews suggesting that the Pink Floyd exhibition is almost as good as seeing the band live, it’s no wonder that Their Mortal Remains had a sell-out run at London’s V&A. Now hosted by MACRO in Rome, the exhibition offers a chronological, immersive journey through Pink Floyd’s music, telling the band’s story through sound, visuals, and special effects.
MACRO, Via Nizza 138, 00198 Roma
2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship: Italy v Scotland
The 6 Nations Championship kicks off this February, with the Italy and Scotland rugby teams meeting to compete at the Stadio Olimpico during the final round in March. While Scotland has historically won more victories over Italy, there’s still everything to play for during the clash of these rugby titans this spring.
Stadio Olimpico, 00135 Roma
Bob Dylan: On Tour
Back performing in Italy for the first time since 2015 (and his notorious Nobel Prize win in 2016), Bob Dylan is taking to the stage at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. Performing with his band, Dylan is set to sing through some fan favourites – he’s sold 125 million records worldwide during his career – during the highly-anticipated three-night run in April.
Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Roma
www.bobdylan.com / www.auditorium.com
Tosca at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Giacomo Puccini’s melodrama returns to the stage at the Teatro Costanzi this April (the theatre where the opera made its debut back in January 1900), with a reprise later in the year. A story of love, art, and tragedy, this production of Tosca will be conducted by Jordi Bernàcer and directed by Alessandro Talevi.
Teatro Costanzi, Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1, 00184 Roma
Natale di Roma
As a city, Rome has had a long life – dating all the way back to 753 BCE, when it was founded by Romulus. In celebration of this, every year the city throws a spectacular birthday party on April 21st with fireworks, light shows, re-enactments, parades, parties and feasts that are all open to everyone to enjoy and take part in.
La Notte dei Musei
Museums and cultural institutions around Rome – and other major cities in Europe – will be open to the public for the evening, many of which will be hosting special events, from cinema and live music to readings. Many spaces will be free to enter, with some merely charging a euro for the chance to enjoy Roman sights by night.
May 2018 – Various locations
Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2018
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Venus Williams are among the tennis superstars scheduled to play during this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Taking place this spring, this tennis tournament is one of the most hotly-anticipated events on the Roman sporting calendar.
Foro Italico, Viale del Foro Italico, 00135 Roma
Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours
Exploring the relationship between Europe and the Middle East as part of the museum’s Interactions across the Mediterranean series, this exhibition tells the story of Beirut as a city of creativity. Incorporating over 100 works from artists, filmmakers, musicians, architects and activists, it’s a powerful and thought-provoking glimpse of Beirut, past, present and future.
MAXXI, Via Guido Reni, 00196 Roma