Gallery offers expressionism exhibit

December 23, 1990|By New York Times News Service

An art gallery that opened this month in Rome's Palazz Ruspoli, once a bank, is presenting an exhibition entitled "Expressionism: Masterpieces from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection from van Gogh to Klee."

The exhibition, organized by the Memmo Foundation, part owner of the palace, contains 47 paintings representative of early 20th century movements preceding expressionism and associated with Van Gogh, Chagall, Kirchner, Kandinsky and Schiele.

It is the first of three exhibitions planned within a year at the Palazzo Ruspoli Art Gallery, which includes a conference room, cafeteria and gift shop.

The palace, about 100 yards from the Spanish Steps, is an attraction in itself. Built in the 16th century for Orazio Rucellai, a Florentine merchant and patron of the arts, it houses frescoes by Giacopo Zucchi, a pupil of the Renaissance master Vasari.

The address is 418 Via del Corso (telephone: 6832177 or 6832179). The exhibition continues through the end of February; hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day (until 11 p.m. on Saturdays). Admission is about $9.

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