Nicola Samorì @ Monitor Gallery, Rome

Rome is a city of a thousand faces Rome is the political capital of Italy, but also the center of Christianity, Rome is the city that brings with it all the contradictions and the beauty of the world. Its formal freedom has become its most unique trait over the centuries, thanks to the urban, architectural…

Balthus @ Scuderie del Quirinale, Académie de France, Villa Medici, Rome

Balthus’s is a realm of pictorial paradoxes, artifices, mirrors and masks. An enormously learned and histrionic aesthete, known for his mistrust towards interpreters and commentators on his work, Balthus had a penchant for questioning his audience about aesthetic credos and expectations. Little wonder he became the controversial figure, who has been equally regarded as the rappel-à-l’ordre…

Francesco Irnem @ Anna Marra, Rome

Wherever I look, I have to admit that there is the only thing which never risks disappointing me, reality. The reason I would give for this feeling, otherwise definable as a continuous request for attention versus that in which I am, occurs substantially for two concepts that appear contradictory: the first, entirely reassuring, is that…