The mutual reinforcing and the unicity of purpose between Elena and Claudio Cerasi Foundation and CoopCulture gives birth to Palazzo Merulana, opening in May 2018.
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Founded in 2014, Elena and Claudio Cerasi Foundation holds a fine modern and contemporary art collection, mainly built on the works of artists from Rome and Italy in the first half of the 20th Century.
The exhibition path which includes more than 90 works, on a surface of 1800 square meters, is divided into four floors.
As it was in the original structure of the Health Department, where the ground floor was the entrance porch, Palazzo Merulana welcomes its visitors in a porch too, free of charge, with a bookshop and a cafè. Here, the visitors can enjoy a pleasant break between sculptures of many artists, among which: Antonietta Raphael, Lucio Fontana, Pericle Fazzini, Giuseppe Penone, and many others. The peaceful atmosphere is also conveyed by the lovely urban garden, far from the daily hustle and bustle of Via Merulana.
The second floor can be considered the beating heart of the collection thanks to the many pictorial and sculptural works by De Chirico, Balla, Donghi, Capogrossi, Casorati, Pirandello, Severini, Cambellotti, and others. This space looks like a Hall where the visitors, sitting on the sofas, can enjoy the view of the works. The “Director of the Stars” by Jan Fabre, placed at the center of the Hall, seems to guide the visitors.
The third floor is characterized by contemporary works of art and the fourth floor is reserved for events such as conferences, convention, meetings, workshop, cultural activities and food and wine events.
This room is a multipurpose space that hosts several temporary exhibitions about various artistic expressions.
The Terrace on the fifth floor offers the visitors a privileged view on Via Merulana. Through the high trees Rome offers to the sight its roofs and domes.