Palazzo Merulana houses a collection mainly composed of works of the Roman school and the Italian twentieth century, but with a momentum towards the contemporary. The exhibition path which includes more than 90 works, on a surface of 1800 square meters, is divided into four floors.
Palazzo Merulana welcomes its visitors in the “Sala delle Sculture”, where you can find a bookshop and a café. Here the visitors can enjoy a pleasant break between sculptures of many artists, among which: Antonietta Raphael, Lucio Fontana, Pericle Fazzini, Giuseppe Penone, and many others. The peaceful atmosphere is also conveyed by the lovely urban garden, far from the daily hustle and bustle of Via Merulana.
The second floor can be considered the Heart of the collection thanks to the many pictorial and sculptural works by De Chirico, Balla, Donghi, Capogrossi, Casorati, Pirandello, Severini, Cambellotti, and others. This space looks like a Hall where the visitors, sitting on the sofas, can enjoy the view of the works. The “Director of the Stars” by Jan Fabre, placed at the center of the Hall, seems to guide the visitors.
The third floor is characterized by contemporary works of art and the fourth floor is reserved for events such as conferences, cultural activities and food and wine events. This floor also hosts the “Time Machine”, a small video-photographic path narrating the history of Palazzo Merulana from its origins to the present.
The Terrace on the fifth floor offers the visitors a privileged point of view on Via Merulana.