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Collezione Farnesina at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum



Collezione Farnesina at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Twelve artworks from the Collezione Farnesina, one of the largest private contemporary Italian art collections, will be on exhibition in Mumbai for the first time thanks to the kind collaboration of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla.


About the Collezione Farnesina

Since 2000, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called La Farnesina, is home to the best Italian contemporary art production of the last century. With artworks from 450 Italian contemporary artists, the Collezione Farnesina in Rome is the largest private collection in Italy from the ‘900. Le collection is displayed along 6,500 meters of corridors and can be visited regularly by the general public.

The Collezione Farnesina was born following the initiative and vision by Ambassador Umberto Vattani, who recognized that contemporary art was a field of strategic intervention for the cultural policy promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Beginning in 2000 with the first significant set of acquisitions of numerous works of art from the 50s and 60s, in course of time the collection has come to include works of extremely high profile spanning the history of Italian art of the 20th Century.

The selection on exhibition in Mumbai contains artworks from the last 40 years, spanning movements such as futurism, metaphysical, avant-garde, surrealism, spatialism, minimalism, and return to figurative art. Examples are ‘Ossimoro Sorvolante’ by Ontani, ‘Dame Ninette de Valois’ by Enrico Baj, and ‘A spasso con la natura’ by Bruno Ceccobelli. The exposition is not limited to contemporary painting, but includes pieces from contemporary photography, collage, and lenticular print.

This initiative is the first of this kind, as this is the first time that the Collezione Farnesina is displayed in Mumbai. It is meant to present the best of Italian contemporary art as well as being a means to further enhance Indo-Italian relations.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 30 March to 30 April 2019.

Timings: 10.30am to 5.30pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

Museum ticket is applicable.


Date: Da Saturday, March 30, 2019 a Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: From 10:00 am To 6:00 pm

In collaboration with : Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Entrance : Free