The Memmo Foundation in Rome
La Memmo Foundation born in 1992 to make concrete the dream of its founder, Roberto Memmo, to approach the world ofarte the vast public through the direct knowledge of masterpieces of all times and the most varied civilization.
La Memmo Foundation - Contemporary Art comes to life in the 2012, thanks to the initiative of Fabiana Marenghi Vaselli Bond e Anna d'Amelio Carbone and presents a new one program exhibition entirely dedicated to panorama artistic contemporary.
The intent is to contribute to the development of the fabric cultural in territorio, connecting to reality International, opening a dialogue with the others institutions and promoting the interaction between the artists and the city of Rome.
La Memmo Foundation through theorganization and production di exhibitions, performance, residences, talk, workshops and publications want promote the present, as a permanent observatory dedicated to contemporaneity, to contribute to the development of ours future.
The new path was started in November 2012 with the personal exhibition of Sara VanDerBeek, in the 2013 the foundation hosted the artist Sterling Ruby with the exhibition "CHRON II", in the 2014 it was the turn of Shannon Ebner with "Auto Body Collision" . In the 2015 the collective exhibition was presented "Conversation Piece | Part 1 ", Edited by Marcello Smarrelli, which follows in 2016 the second edition "Conversation Piece | Part 2 ".
The solo exhibition of the French artist is currently under way Camille Henrot, entitled "Monday" and edited by Cloé Perrone (until November 6).
The history of the Memmo Foundation
In the 1991, Roberto Memmo inaugurated the Foundation, realizing the dream of bringing the public closer to the art world through the knowledge of masterpieces of each and the most varied civilizations.
The inauguration was celebrated with the exhibition theExpressionism - From Van Gogh to Klee, with the exhibition of the masterpieces of the collection Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Since then, all the initiatives promoted in the exhibition spaces of Palazzo Ruspoli have succeeded each other with increasing rhythm and importance, and have gained considerable support from both the public and the critics.
In the same year the exhibitions were held The sign of the Genius: a hundred drawings from the Ashmolean Oxford Museum, with the exhibition of works unique in the world and of exceptional quality, of various masters of Italian art and beyond - among them Raffaello, michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci e Dürer -; a show on paintings di Lucien Freud and a double exposure coming fromHermitage di St. Petersburg: the first dedicated to Canova with the broader body of sculptures of the master, most of which were loaned to the Memmo Foundation and exhibited for the first time in Italy, in Rome and Venice -; the second one, also exposed for the first time a Ruspoli palace, on the collection of crockery of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, created at the end of eighteenth century in Venice by the abbot Filippo Farsetti and subsequently acquired by the museum Russian.
In the 1992 an exhibition was held on the paintings of Caravaggio, curated by Mina Gregori, Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio: how the masterpieces are born and, thanks also to the close synergy and collaboration with the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, the famous ones were presented marbles was originally the Ludovisi collection: examples of art Greek e Romana and restored by the great Baroque, the Bernini and l 'Algardi.
In the same period, in the lower floor of the Foundation, Named Caetani gallery, they held one show di watercolors was originally the Chigi collection, partly from the Frick Collection di New York , one of scenographic sketches di Franco Zeffirelli and one on drawings di Paolo Portoghesi dedicated to Mosque di Rome.
In the 1994, the exhibition Neferatari, Light of Egypt, was the occasion to celebrate a double event: the discovery of the tomb of Nefertari in Valley of the Queens and the completion of the works for the recovery and conservation of the wall paintings found in it, realized thanks to the contribution of the Getty Conservation Institute.
I fortunati visitors (about half a million people) could admire the tomb of Nefertari, in its entirety, through the virtual reality, considered in those times one of the technologies more advanced and still unknown to the general public.
The exhibition was first classified in Italy for the number of visitors and the seventh place in the world rankings, preceded only by the exhibitions on Claude Monet , Costantin Brancusi , Paul Cézanne , James McNeil Whistler e Piet Mondrian.
After the successful feeling obtained with the exhibition on Nefertari Memmo foundation continued in its exhibition path with Alexander the Great: History and Myth e The Macedonians, the Greek of the North ; during which attempts were made to delineate the path of the Macedonian people, from nomadic life up to the beginning of the era of Alexander the Great, who propagated Greek culture to the shores of India.
In the 1996 it was organized The Altar of Pergamum. The frieze of Telefo - whose restoration was partly financed by Roberto Memmo, - is The Appian Way. On the ruins of ancient magnificence.
Thanks to the collaboration between the Memmo foundation and the British Museum it also took place Fayum. Mysterious faces of Egypt, one of the most important and exclusive reviews representations never made at the time on portraits of mummies di Roman times.
The amazement aroused by those authentic masterpieces of strong psychological and great intensity realism contributed in a fundamental way to recall the Foundation the interest of the print Italian and foreign.
Roberto Memmo concentrated his efforts, in the following year, to pay tribute to his dear friend Sir Denis Mahon giving the opportunity to admire his precious collection di paintings, gathered in its entirety; possibility that it turned into a great privilege since, back in England, this collection has never been fully exposed.
The 2000, year of the Jubilee, he was honored with an exhibition on the treasures dell 'Catalan medieval art from Museum of Art of Catalonia.
The exhibition on the Yemen, the country of Queen of Sheba, met with great public and remarkable success interest and culture present in western Sicily ".. Later the. Was inaugurated retrospective su Cleopatra, In collaboration with the British Museum. Both sets of these last two exhibitions were edited by the master Ezio Frigerio.
In the following years the relations between the company intensified considerably foundation and institutions Spanish: in the 2001, the shows Velazquez; strongly desired by SAR Juan Carlos I King of Spain.
After Velazquez the collection was once again the protagonist Thyssen Bornemiza with the exhibition of Baroness's paintings Carmen with works by Many, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Matisse and Kandinsky. The 'Spanish' trend ended with the exhibition The Borgias, the art of power.
In October 2003, in the presence of LL. AA. RR. The King Charles XVI Gustavo and the queen Silvia, the exhibition was inaugurated Christina of Sweden.
Great organizational commitment also required exhibitions The Treasures of the Aztecs, In collaboration with the Anthropological Museum di Mexico City; The princely splendor – The Dresden court 1580-1620 and finally Jean- Michel Basquiat "Ghosts to be chased away"Conceived in collaboration with the Mercenino Botín Foundation of Santander.
Following a series of exhibitions dedicated to private collections were organized; events that allowed admiring works that are not usually accessible; among these Paul Klee; The Berggruen collection; From Cranach to Monet; masterpieces from the collection Pérez Simón; masterpieces that come back. The paintings from the Banca Popolare di Vicenza Group collection.
By virtue of the link between the family Memmo with the Principality of Monaco, the Foundation had the honor and privilege to present the preview on the collections the Museum of Monaco and the retrospective The years of Grace Kelly. Princess of Monaco.
From the intense collaboration with the state reality emerge the exhibitions in which the Memmo Foundation has hosted masterpieces from the immense heritage artistic of the Culto buildings background the Ministero degli Interni: Flemings and other masters; Ancient Frames; is the Caravaggeschi.
La Memmo foundation, is therefore born to make concrete the dream of its founder, Roberto Memmo, whose generous and demanding work has allowed to give life to an intense activity cultural aimed at bringing the world ofarte to the vast public.
The commitment of Roberto Memmo it is a gesture of love for the diffusion was originally the knowledge; love that he shares with his two daughters, Daniela Memmo d'Amelio e Patrizia Memmo Ruspoli, both committed to following in the footsteps and carrying on the work of the father.
Le exhibitions from them organized have been visited by more than 3 million visitors.
Services: Contemporary Art in the heart of Rome
Organization and production di exhibitions, performance, residences, talk, workshops and publications.