What is there
The building attracts a lot of attention from the outside, especially if you are coming from the Villa Borghese park opposite. If you enter the museum via the wide staircase into the foyer, you will realise after just a few breaths that something big is waiting for you here. And that in both senses of the word, because it is not only the rooms that are big, but also the works of art.
Modern and contemporary art is spread throughout the more than 50 rooms, providing a very good representation of the development of art from the 19th century to the present day. Thanks to the varied design and the generous distribution of the works, you can really get involved with the art, virtually immerse yourself in it.
The title of the exhibition that has influenced the interior design since 2016 is “Time is Out of Joint”. With it, the museum was extensively restructured and has since focused on the presentation of art that is not (always) linear. The title and the exhibition itself is based on the elasticity of the concept of time in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “Time is out of joint: O cursed spite / That I was born to do it right!” Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.
Each room is impressive in its own way – whether because of the many small sculptures made of marble or metal, or because of the huge paintings on the walls. There are also works of art in the small courtyards, so you can be sure: Art runs through the whole building here. Even carpets become art here.
A series of paintings that is known worldwide are the “Water Lilies” by Claude Monet. The artist’s choice of colours (blue-green-pink) and his design hark back to Japonism, and he succeeds in creating a multi-dimensionality through the reflections in the water. Anyone interested in Monet’s large-format water lilies should visit the Orangerie in Paris once in their life!
In addition to Monet (and almost literally, the paintings actually hang not far from each other), you can also see Klimt’s “The Three Ages of a Woman” from 1905. As the title suggests, you can see three women of different ages. The two younger women (probably mother and child) are surrounded by cool colours (blue and turquoise), while the older lady – on the left of the picture – is painted against warm colour surfaces (orange, brown, red). Even though the figures in the painting seem to be at rest, the picture itself is very moving. If you want to see more Klimt, you simply have to go to Vienna!