Arty Things to Do in Rome this Summer!

If you aren’t sure how to start planning your Rome Summer Holiday, then start with the Museo delle Mura on via di Porta San Sebastiano, 18. Here you will find an exciting new installation by Huang Rui called “Beijing 2008: Time, Animals, History.” Until November 23rd.

This piece was created specifically for the Museo delle Mura by this Chinese avant-garde who gathered his inspiration from the large stone Rome accommodation buildings and monuments in Rome. The work is specifically a striking piece made from 2,008 bricks collected from the “hutong” neighbourhoods in Beijing, old quarters which are being demolished to create new developments for the Olympics. Bound to make you think about the current climate surrounding the Beijing Olympics, this installation represents what is happening all over the world all the time, demolishing the old to bring in shinier and new.

The soul of the show is its Eastern chronological articulation, which sees time as a perpetual cycle of long temporal cycles, whereas in the West time is a succession between one number and the next with no sense of continuity. Each of the 2,008 bricks features a western numeral (from 1 to 2008) and a date taken from the Chinese calendar, as well as the name of the emperor of that time. The bricks are further organised by Chinese zodiac signs and animal spirits. The exhibition is open Tue-Sun with and entrance fee of €3 and reduced rate for children €1,5.

Further more, there are plenty other installations to see in Rome this Summer, the question is, how are you going to fit in all of them?! There are plenty of Rome hotels and Rome apartments nearby. In Castel Sant’Angelo at lungotevere di Castello, 50, this summer you will find the striking exhibition of “Egypt in Rome from history to myth”. This exhibition is running from 28 June to 28 Oct and seeks to highlight the relationship between two of the greatest civilizations that ever were; the Romans and the Ancient Egyptians. The link between these two civilizations is powerful. The high number of obelisks and many Roman artefacts show how Roman art was profoundly influenced by Egyptian art. The artists of the Renaissance also gleaned their inspiration from the ancient prophets, the Great Hermes Trismegisto for example, and the fascinating and mysterious hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. The Borgias wanted the story of Egyptian deities painted on the ceilings and walls in their rooms in the Vatican and Raphael used a semblance of Artemis Ephesia (thinking her to be Isis) on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Stanza della Segnatura. An intense passion for Egypt was rife throughout the 18th century onwards and has continued on until the present day; the Americans wanted a pyramid on their dollar bill and the French unveiled the mysteries of the hieroglyphics. This exhibition is open from Tue to Sun, 09.00-19.00 and the entrance price is €5 plus an exhibition fee.

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