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Hotel Artemide in Rome is proud to present its new project. A private collection belonging to the Group's founder, Alberto Ginobbi, is now on display in a dedicated room of the hotel.

The ART-emide collection consists of works of some of the main movements that characterized Italy and Europe more generally in the first half of the 20th Century, influencing the history of painting and art up to the present day.

From Futurist to Metaphysical art, from Surrealism to gestural and informal painting, this collection includes some of the most important painters of the early 1900s. Magritte, Balla, Severini, and De Chirico are just some of the important artists exhibited. 

The exhibition concludes with a group of works that showcase the evolution of Italian painting after the Second World War. Notable among these are a large piece by Capogrossi and two paintings by Marini distinguished by their sharp color fields. 

The works

Le Météore

René Magritte, 1944

René Magritte's work Le Météore is part of his so-called solar period from 1943 to 1947. This artistic phase was inspired by Renoir and the Impressionists.

The work is part of a series of grotesque portraits, in which the subjects are alienating and unusual. It is an almost fairytale reinterpretation of the joyful atmosphere of Renoir's paintings. The painting technique is characterized by large visible brushstrokes and is therefore inspired by the impressionist style. 

Velocità dell’automobile

Giacomo Balla, 1913

This work is part of the famous series of paintings and studies by the artist entitled Velocità dell’automobile (Speed of an Automobile). It is probably one of Balla's most iconic series, and also of Futurism as a whole. The car represents the icon of the movement's spirit, because it is synonymous with progressivism, dynamism, and the exaltation of modernity. Here we find a version of the subject in pencil on paper. The representation of speed occurs through the juxtaposition of broken lines to suggest a shift in space and a decomposition of time into instants.


Giuseppe Capogrossi, 1959

The large canvas by Capogrossi relates to the period of his life where he achieved artistic maturity.Until the end of the 1940s the artist had dedicated himself to figurative and tonal painting, when he shifted towards abstract informal art. Capogrossi's abstraction is characterized by the reiteration of the trident sign within the pictorial space, which is configured as the trace of a phenomenon. The artist plays on the pictorial surface, multiplying the sign and imprinting an ever-changing rhythm, as if they were the letters of a secret alphabet or the notes of a musical composition.

Info &

opening times

The gallery is open every day from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Admission is free and is exclusively for guests of Artemide, Ambrosia, or Artemís Spa.


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