Oct 11, 2016 - Apr 15, 2018

Time is Out of Joint

La Galleria Nazionale

A new chapter for La Galleria Nazionale

From 1800s to the present day
Through its collections of around 20,000 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea offers a rich portrayal of Italian art culture, from the 1800s to the present day.
A journey through contrasts and harmony
The current layout of the collections, designed around the theme of time, breaks away from 
the usual chronological path and branches off into simultaneous journeys in which works of art are placed next to each other 
for harmony, contrast, references, and quotations.



Alongside major names from the history of art, 
the works of contemporary Italian and foreign-born artists open visitors’ eyes to differing and unexpected stimuli
and suggestions. Reinterpreting 
the works in different situations from where they 
were previously displayed multiplies 
the possible perspectives and interpretations.

The building
The building itself, designed by Cesare Bazzani in 1911, 
plays a critical part in this reinterpretation, creating 
a dialog between the present and the past. A quasi-archaeological method has been used to restore it to its former glory, all the while maintaining an immediate relationship to the present.

Light again inhabits the spaces and the connection with the outside world and the city is key.

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna 
e Contemporanea naturally and continuously goes through periods 
of transformation and renewal that become necessary over time, sometimes provoked by new experiences and critical interpretations.

It stands, therefore, as a meeting point, a place for research and discovery, inviting reflection on contemporary language and curation practices, on what the role of the museum is at the present time and on what common ground can it forge links with its audience.

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