MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto
The MART- Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto is one of the largest and most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Italy.
“We want a museum that is full of vitality and has a global breadth, representing the energy of places and persons, and which plays an active role in the life of the country in the present and future; a museum that is a centre of excellence and a welcoming destination, rich in emotions, surprising and innovative.” (Cristiana Collu, Director of MART from 2011 to 2014)
Architecture and site
The MART is located close to the historical center of Rovereto, a town near the city of Trento, which, although not as monumental as Venice or Verona, is nevertheless a very nice example of the typical architectural style of north-eastern Italy.
Since 2002, the museum is housed in a modern building, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the imposing circular courtyard of which has become the unofficial hallmark of the institution. The monumental steel-frame dome which covers the courtyard was clearly inspired by and has the same diameter of the dome of the Pantheon in Rome.
What to see at the MART museum
The permanent collection of the MART museum is composed of approximately 30,000 artworks, dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection is mostly focused on Italian modern and contemporary artists and avant-garde art movements – such as Futurism and Arte Povera – and includes works by Giacomo Balla, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Felice Casorati, Giorgio De Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Lucio Fontana, Mario Merz, Giorgio Morandi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Mario Schifano, to name a few; yet, the collection also includes works by major international artists such as Joseph Beuys, Tony Cragg, Wassily Kandinsky, Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, and Bill Viola, among others.
Pieces from the collection are exhibited on a rotational basis in the permanent exhibition of the museum; the exhibition is divided into two main sections, one focused on the modern art from the 19th century to the mid-20th century; and one dedicated to contemporary art after World War Two.
Activities and services
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, special events, and workshops.
The building of the museum, fully accessible to physically-impaired people, includes spaces for special exhibitions and site-specific art installations, a permanent creative space for children, a conference room, a 60.000-volume open-access library, a documentation center, a book and gift shop, and a cafe-restaurant.
The domed courtyard of the MART museum in Rovereto, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
The lobby of the museum. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
The “Scenario di terra” exhibition at MART, installation view with works by Giuseppe Penone, Mario Merz, and Jannis Kounellis. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
MART, “Álvaro Siza. Inside the human being”, 2014, installation view. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
Cover image: The courtyard of the MART museum. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
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A major exhibition at the MART in Rovereto, near Trento, presents the modern and contemporay art collection of the museum under a new light
The great exhibition “Alvaro Siza. Inside the human being”, dedicated to Portuguese architect, is running until February 2015 at the MART museum in Rovereto
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