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Exhibition Venues in Rome

Scuderie del Quirinale

16 Via 24 Maggio
Italy 00187
Tel: 39 06 3996 7500

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Palazzo delle Esposizioni

194 Via Nazionale
Termini Station
Italy 00184
Tel: 39 06 3996 7500

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Il Vittoriano

Via San Pietro in Carcere
Piazza Venezia
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 699 1718

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MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts

4A Via Guido Reni
Italy 00196
Tel: 39 06 399 67350

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Rome's exhibition scene hasn't always matched up to its status as one of the world's cultural capitals, but things have improved since the turn of the millennium with the opening of the professionally run Scuderie del Quirinale, a two-tier venue for serious grand master shows, housed in what used to be the stables of the Quirinale palace. Planning exhibitions three years or more in advance has allowed the Scuderie to stage some truly impressive events, like the ravishing 2006 Antonello da Messina show, or the comprehensive autumn 2008 Giovanni Bellini retrospective. The Scuderie's sister venue, the bombastic Risorgimento-era Palazzo delle Esposizioni, is in good shape after its recent five-year face-lift and has added a rooftop restaurant, basement café, and arts bookshop. This venue tends to stage two or three smaller shows at any one time, on subjects as diverse as archaeology, fashion, cinema, and contemporary art. Elsewhere, the cavernous interior of the Piazza Venezia eyesore Il Vittoriano (a.k.a. Altare della Patria) is used for crowd-pleasing exhibitions like the 2008 Renoir show. The one gap in Rome's cultural armor was a dedicated contemporary art space. But that was filled in 2010, when Zaha Hadid's futuristic MAXXI museum opened in the northern suburbs, not far from the Auditorium.

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