Cities of New York

11/09 - 09/10/2011
Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini

Exhibition pays homage to New York in the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers

Gabriele Basilico measures the city’s asphalt jungle and its forest of tightly packed skyscrapers and, with his trained eye in search of the authentic personality of cities around the world each so different from the other, directs your gaze beyond, higher, offering with
his photograph the vast urban landscape of the Big Apple, engaved in its unmistakable skyline.
There are no barriers nor limits in Luciano Bobba’s New York. The lens focused on the shining surfaces of billboards becomes the perfect observatory to catch scenarios of everyday life and create a set of overlapping scenes. A story within the story. A chance for
eyes to begin a virtual journey, without even being aware of it, deep into the soul of the city inhabited by a multitude of ghostly figures.
For Angelo Bucarelli the starting point is a photograph of the Twin Towers taken in the second half of the 90s that today, after September 11, proves unexpectedly drammatic.
The artist enlarges the image and transforms it into a big memory box, a vivid journey with many everyday objects in use in the Twin Towers when they were throbbing with life. The shape of the work and the list of the little objects remind one of Boltanski, to quote Bucarelli who is aware that in all of his works he pays tribute to art professionals related to his development.
Giusy Caltagirone follows the beauty and charm of the music that pervades the American city in each and every corner. Her eyes chase after faces, instruments, gestures against the backdrop of the great avenues and through the streets, spontaneously led by the city’s pace to compose a score conceived and directed through her camera lens.
Gabriele Croppi suspends one of the noisiest cities in the world in an unreal silence: black and white images, profound and contrasting, packed with stories and metaphisical poetry. He is not spell bound by the city’s architectural charm and does not focus on the hectic activity of the noisy city crowd, but paints perfect and enigmatic landscapes, imbued with symbolism, sophisticated and clever, and animated by unnamed characters, ghosts of a contemporary reality.
Olimpia Ferrari filters her memories and feelings in the sanctity of New York churches. Everything around us, keenly observed through the lens, takes us back to personal memories, careful attention to architectural landscapes and interior spaces can bring back
to mind, like a flashback, our deepest thoughts touching the most sensitive chords of our emotions.
Franco Fontana plays with the American light, that extraordinary light that sculpts the body of buildings and billboards and enhances the street theater of everyday living. It’s a spectacular scene, crossed by strips, lines and streaks of color both vertical and horizontal,
ever different at any moment of the day, the metaphor of a society where man loses himself in the greatness of the urban landscape.
Struck by the majesty and power of the city, Maurizio Galimberti looks up and, in a flash, fixes the parameters, the rhythms and the poetry of his tale in Polaroid. In his mosaics he breaks down and reassembles the verticality of the buildings and skyscrapers, captures the most intense colors translating them into photographs with chromatic density and creates new geometry soaring and dancing between shining buildings, bridges, roads, clouds and clear skies. And Jay One’s video. The well-known graffiti artist draws with his graphic style the profile of an underground city, the absolute kingdom of Hip-Hop rhythms and mural writings. A homage to the pioneers of street art with a story that takes place in the streets of New York.


Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini
Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm;
Last admission 1/2 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday.

Entrance ticket

Adults: € 5,50
Concessions: € 4,50

Centrale Montemartini + Musei Capitolini Combined Ticket (valid for one week):
- Adults: € 14,00;
- Concessions: € 12,00

Free of Charge and Concession Conditions


Info: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

Other information

Promoted by
Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico -Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali
Under the High Patronage of
President of the Republic
With the support of
Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Senato della Repubblica, Camera dei Deputati, Ministero Affari Esteri, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d’America, Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’Unesco, Regione Lazio, Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali
Main Partner September Concert
FIMIT sgr Fondi Immobiliari Italiani
Partner September Concert
Acea, Alitalia, Enel, Eni, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Fondazione Roma Terzo settore, Il Gioco del Lotto
Sponsor Mostra
After, Centro Pilota, Fotogramma 24, Limelite, Plastifoto, 2C Arte, Hotel Ripa
Sponsor Sistema Musei Civici
Banche tesoriere di Roma Capitale: BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena; Finmeccanica; Il Gioco del Lotto; Vodafone
Servizi museali
Zètema Progetto Cultura

Web site
Organization and Press Support Compagnia per la Musica in Roma, Euro Forum
With technical contributions from

La Repubblica.

Mariateresa Cerretelli


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