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For those who love modern and contemporary art, here are some must see Italian art galleries and museums that feature modern and contemporary art in Italy:

Contemporary Art Galleries in Rome

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) – Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Some of the most Important artists in Italy from the last sixty years have their art housed as MACRO’s permanent collection. Based on photography and experimental art, the museum holds a variety of exhibits particularly done by international artists.

MACRO is a museum complex that encompasses two separate sites:

  1. MACRO is located at the old Peroni beer factory (Via Nizza 138 – 00198 Roma), and
  2. MACRO Testaccio and La Pelanda are located in the two buildings that once comprised the old slaughterhouse in Testaccio (Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4 – 00153 Roma).

They also have different opening hours, and last admission times, so be sure to confirm the opening hours for each site before visiting!
MACRO actively supports contemporary artistic and cultural production and runs numerous programs. Hosting temporary exhibitions and displays from its permanent collection of post-1960s Italian modern art, MACRO is one of Rome’s most important contemporary art galleries, along with MAXXI (see below).

General Information
Telephone: +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)
Email: macro@comune.roma.it
Web: http://www.museomacro.org
MACRO Italian modern and contemporary art gallery map

MAXXI – Museum of Arts of the XXI century (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo) – National Museum of Art from the 21st century is Italy’s first national institution devoted to contemporary art and creativity.
Architect Zaha Hadid completed this ultra-modern structure in 2010, it is an experimental home of architecture, art and photography. The piazza is vibrant and many outdoor events, as well as exhibitions, are held there as well.
MAXXI provides a wide range of very good exhibitions (especially on architectural themes), workshops, conferences, shows, projections, and educational projects.

Workshops offer the public avant-garde facilities and equipment for the analysis, study and comprehension of contemporary artistic phenomena.

The MAXXI building itself is a unique architectural work, featuring innovative & spectacular forms with sweeping interiors designed by Zaha Hadid, and is located in Rome’s Flaminio quarter (Via Guido Reni, 4/A 00196 Rome, Italy).

General Information
Telephone: +39 06 3201954 (Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-18.00)
Email: info@fondazionemaxxi.it
Web: http://www.fondazionemaxxi.it


MAMBO — Museo d’Arte Moderna — Bologna
Starting with works that reflect the social and political state that Italy was in during the early 1960s and ending with newer accessions is what this museum’s permanent collection is all about. Included in the adjacent gallery is a museum that is dedicated to the artist Giorgio Morandi.

Location and Hours
Located at the Via Don Minzoni, 14 Bologna the museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from twelve pm to six pm and on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from twelve pm to eight pm. For more information visit their website: www.mambo-bologna.org.

GNAM — Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna — Rome
Although the museum’s façade is quite classic, GNAM is actually the modern art museum of Italy. The collection is quite large and it is divided into two parts: tracing Italy’s unification there is the 19th century and celebrating contemporary art, there is the 20th century.

Location and Hours
Located at Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, this museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. For more information visit their website: www.gnam.arti.beniculturali.it.

GAM — Galleria d’Arte Moderna — Turin
Founded at the end of the 1800s, Italy´s oldest modern art collection is home to modern and iconic artists such as Klee, Fontana, Canova and Warhol.

Location and Hours
Located at Via Magenta, 31 this museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from ten am to six pm and on Thursdays from 10:30 am to eleven pm. For more information visit their website: www.gamtorino.it.

Museion — Bolzano
This super modern structure is found tucked away in the Dolomite mountains and not only is home to over four thousand five hundred works of art, it is also a hotel that caters to designers and artists.

Location and Hours
Located at Via Dante, 6 this museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from ten am to six pm. For more information visit their website: www.museion.it.

MUSMA — Museo della Scultura Contemporanea — Matera
Dedicated to sculptures from the late 19th century and forward, MUSMA is also home to an array of three dimensional art that includes manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery.

Location and Hours
Located and Via San Giacomo also known as Sasso Caveoso, Matera. This museum is open during April to October Tuesdays to Sundays from ten am to two pm and then four pm to eight pm, from November to March they are open Tuesdays to Sundays from ten am to two pm. For more information visit their website: www.musma.it.

Collezione d’Arte Religiosa Moderna — Vatican City
While visiting the Vatican Museum and the famous Sistine Chapel you will also be able to visit the largest collection of religious yet modern artwork in the entire world, these include pieces from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Rodin and Paul Gauguin.

Location and Hours
Located at Viale Vaticano, 100 this museum is open Monday to Sunday from nine am to six pm. For more information look over: www.museionline.info/tipiologia/item/collezione-d-arte-religiosa-moderna.html.

Museo del Novecento — Milan
The Museum of the 20th Century that was newly built in Milam is not only home to one of the most important collections of modern art in the country featuring artists such as Picasso and Modigliani, it also offers a panoramic view of the amazing Piazza Duomo that overlooks the city´s cathedral.

Location and Hours
Located at Via Marconi, 1, this museum is open on Mondays from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. For more information visit their webpage www.museodelnovecento.org.

So as you can see, Italy’s modern and contemporary art scene is vibrant and exciting. These are just some of the many amazing museums that are home to some of the most outstanding modern and contemporary works of art. If you are a lover of all art modern and contemporary, Italy is definitely the place to see it!

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