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Chiostro del Bramante in Rome celebrates LOVE

30 September, 2016

Chiostro del Bramante is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibition of international significance.

For the first time, some of the most important contemporary artists will be shown together in Rome, including Yayoi Kusama, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Gilbert & George, Francesco Vezzoli, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Francesco Clemente and Joana Vasconcelos, with artworks that speak in highly experiential languages (Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is one of the most instagrammed in the world), created to engage visitors with different kinds of stimuli.


Yayoi Kusama All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins 2016 Legno, specchio, plastica, acrilico, LED, 292,4x415x415 cm Edizione di 3 prove più 1 dell'artista Courtesy: Kusama Enterprise, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama. Photography by Thierry Bal
Marc Quinn Thor in Nenga 2009 Olio su tela, 170x270 cm Courtesy: Fama Projects, Verona
Ragnar Kjartansson God 2007 Video monocanale, 30 minuti Courtesy: The artsit, Luhring Augustine, New York & i8 Gallery, Reykjavik
Tracey Emin My Forgotten Heart 2015 Neon (snow white), 38x152,5 cm. Ed.2/3 Courtesy: Galleria Lorcan O'Neill © Tracey Emin by SIAE 2016
Gilbert & George Metalepsy 2008 381x604 cm Courtesy: Gli artisti e White Cube © Gilbert & George
Andy Warhol One Multicoloured Marilyn (Reversal Series) 1979-1986 Acrilico, polimeri sintetici e serigrafia su tela, 50,8x40,7 cm Courtesy: Collezione privata (VR) © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. by SIAE 2016
Tom Wesselmann Smoker 1971 Vinile colorato su pannello, 144x160 cm Courtesy: Flora Bigai Arte Contemporanea. © Tom Wesselmann by SIAE 2016


The exhibition aims to tackle an emotion that is universally recognized and constantly studied and represented – Love – showing its various facets and its infinite manifestations: love that is happy, that is longed-for, misunderstood, hated, ambiguous, transgressive, or childish, love that unfolds along an unconventional exhibition route featuring visual and sensory input.

In this exhibition, it’s the visitors who really tell the story, as they reappropriate the display spaces and become consumers and communicators at the same time, being freely allowed to photograph all the works on display (official hashtag: #chiostrolove). The experience of the museum is an experience of 360° sensory involvement, fully embracing the concept of the continuously evolving ‘open access’ museum.

In addition, in connection with DART Chiostro del Bramante’s scientific project, visitors can experience a truly unusual active guide by selecting, for the first time, from among 5 “audio partners”: John, Coco, Amy, David and Lilly will be the special travel companions on this journey. Depending on the type of experience each visitor would like to embark on, they will describe the works on display and help visitors appreciate the emotions they hold. The Audio Guides were created by Zeranta Edutainment srl, a company that specializes in education and entertainment.


30 September, 2016
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Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace 5
Rome, 00186 Italy
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