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Visit to GNAM – Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea

Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna e contemporanea (GNAM) is a museum with two souls, just like two are the centuries it deals with: the 19th and the 20th. Its collections mirro, the cultural events of the unitary Italian State and at the same time the great historical reserve of the Italian contemporary art system.

The tour will begin with the presentation of the spectacular  installation by Alfredo Pirri  Passi, representing a sort of diaphragm between the outer and the inner space. It will be described in order to understand its specific function oriented to introduce the visitors in the proper museum space. Then the students will be led in the big room where ready made and other works, mostly objects, but also paintings and sculptures of the 50s and 60s have been exhibited to solicit immediate public response. From this starting point the tour will go on facing the best works of the XIX century collection including Hayez, Lega, Toma and Canova’s masterpiece Ercole e Lica.


A particular attention will be devoted to some important works like Giardiniere and Arlesiana by Van Gogh and Le Cabanon de Jourdan  by Cézanne as well as the painting by Klimt Le Tre Età, bought at the Esposizione for the celebration of the fifty years of Italian Unification in 1911. Artworks of the most representative  personalities of the XX century both Italian like Bocciani, Balla, Morandi and De Chirico and foreign like Mondrian, Giacometti, Pollock, Calder and Moore will be analysed and interpreted underlying their role inside the collection.