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Exhibition “Night Effect: new American Realism”

The National Galleries of Ancient Art, in the headquarters of Palazzo Barberini, present "Night Effect: New American Realism", the exhibition dedicated to realism and the representation of truth in contemporary American art.

The name of the exhibition is inspired by the work Day For Night by the New York multimedia artist Lorna Simpson and recalls the cinematographic technique used to film night scenes during daylight hours, in French la Nuit Américaine (the American night), title of the Francois Truffaut's unforgettable 1973 film, in perfect harmony with the chiaroscuro of the artists who have portrayed the complex American reality of recent decades.

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Flaminia Gennari Santori, the exhibition itinerary winds through the twelve rooms of the Exhibition Space, some rooms on the main floor and the splendid eighteenth-century Apartment, open to the public on a continuous basis for the first time.

Exhibited over 150 works by artists such as Cecily Brown, George Condo, Nicole Eisenman, Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, David Salle, Dana Schutz, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Henry Taylor and Christopher Wool, from from the collection of Tony and Elham Salamé of the prestigious Aïshti Foundation of Beirut, in dialogue with the splendid masterpieces of Palazzo Barberini, custodian of the largest Caravaggio collection, in a suggestive encounter between realism and the representation of the reality of yesterday and today.
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14 Apr 2024 - 14 Jul 2024


Palazzo Barberini
Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13