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From Duchamp to Cattelan, contemporary art meets archaeology at the Palatine

With more than 100 masterpieces centred around the themes of archaeology and contemporary art, the exhibition intends to encourage a reflection on collective memory, the meaning of architectural ruins and our vision of modernity. Works on display include sculptures, paintings, installations, photographs and drawings from 25 different countries, each one exploring the complex relationship between past and present.

Spread across different locations (the Palatine Stadium, the Arcate Severiane and the lower perystile of the Domus Augustana), From Duchamp to Cattelan. Contemporary Art at the Palatine features some of the biggest names in contemporary art such as Marina Abramović, Allan McCollum and Marcel Duchamp displayed side-by-side with the most respected artists of younger generations, from Maurizio Cattelan to Paul McCarthy, from Sisley Xhafa to Vedovamazzei. The first section, “Architectural Installations”, provides a modern contrast to the historical setting, with a second section paying tribute to the world’s most enduring symbol of creativity through a selection of hand-shaped artworks and installations. The last section of the exhibit is entirely devoted to Portraits, the real acme of visual identity. The juxtaposition of contemporary works – all of them coming from the ALT museum founded by Tullio Leggeri – with the solemn architecture of the Palatine’s imperial residences will lead everyone to question the meaning of time and permanence.

“From Duchamp to Cattelan. Contemporary art at the Palatine”

Roman Forum – largo della Salara Vecchia, 5/6  |  Palatine Hill – via di San Gregorio, 30

from September 22 to October 29 – full price ticket € 15, reduced price ticket € 13

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