ROME, ITALY.-The eternal city, that has charmed the whole world with the millenary enchantment of its monuments and the richness of its artistic treasures, will host, from February 28th through March 2nd 2008, a new, unique event: ROMA - THE Contemporary Art FAIR.
Its an art show conceived as no other, a non-conventional art fair; its rather a fascinating exhibition project, an exciting challenge for artists, gallery directors and visitors to experiment an emotional dialogue between history and contemporaneity.
ROMA The Contemporary Art Fair has been tailored as a unique, exclusive show: a different, new way to exhibit and promote modern and contemporary art.
Some wonderful historical places, which are representative of the town and therefore unique (from the archaeological sites to the Medieval and Renaissance palaces), have been selected to host few, sophisticated galleries and give them the opportunity of exhibiting works by modern and contemporary artists in a context which could not be reproduced anywhere else.
In no other place in the world could an art fair choose to present itself like this to the international public: a matchless example of stratification of both historical and artistic ages for 2000 years, Rome is using some of its most precious jewels to show todays art, as the town has done throughout the centuries.
ROMA will be an exclusive exhibition where only 60 modern and contemporary galleries some of which are rarely or hardly present in the fair circuits shall offer a privileged observatory of the high quality art scene in Italy. An engaging, stimulating visit through works of great emotional impact - many of which were developed site specific by Italian and foreign artists who are at the very core of the worlds art system.
Though, ROMA will mainly be a cultural event, promoting a series of side initiatives within the city.
The spectacular Terme di Diocleziano - the greatest bathing site of the ancient world - will feature a special, curated exhibition titled Cose mai viste (Things you never saw): works of great visual impact and significance which are the private property of the guest galleries.
Then, art again, but not only that, in a blend of languages and styles: special openings of galleries, museums, artists studios and unusual exhibiting spaces.
Rome is witnessing a very sparkling time: two new museums (MACRO and MAXXI), even if they are not yet completed are already operating with a broad program of events; the reopening after six years of restoration of Palazzo delle Esposizioni with the Rothko exhibition; the setting up of several new galleries (most recently Gagosian); the growing number of artists who select this city to live in or just to develop specific projects, the exponential increase of significant collections - an actual Rome Renaissance.