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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Unearth Avant-Garde Art in Old-World Rome


3. What to Do

The MAXXI complex is the first museum in Italy devoted entirely to 21st-century art.  

View the inaugural retrospective of macabre Roman sculptor and painter Gino De Dominicis at the MAXXI complex, opening on May 30. Designed by London architect Zaha Hadid, the museum is the first in Italy devoted entirely to 21st-century art, including paintings, photography, and sculptures by renowned artists like Anish Kapoor and Ed Ruscha.

Contrast the old and the new at Centrale Montemartini, a former power plant exhibiting an imposing array of white marble sculptures from ancient Rome. On April 9, the plant unveils a new addition within the steam turbine and engine room: a 160-seat theater, which will host Friday- and Saturday-night jazz concerts, plays, and wine tastings.

Take a late-night art crawl at MACRO Future, the 2003 addition to the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art that stays open until midnight. Future focuses on the work of young and experimental artists, all displayed in the retrofitted (and slightly creepy) former Testaccio slaughterhouse.

Published on Apr 1, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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