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Curated by: Achille Bonito Oliva e Melania Rossi

The show

"The Rhythm of the Brain" is a selection of works by Jan Fabre in dialogue with the Cerasi Collection. It is an intellectual and material encounter, a spiritual and physical dialogue between some of the Belgian master’s recent works and a collection of Italian masterpieces in painting and sculpture from the first half of the twentieth century.

Jan Fabre exhibition at Palazzo Merulana, former Health and Hygiene Department of Rome, unfolds in two main chapters: the first focuses on a direct dialogue with Cerasi Collection and its permanent exhibition path; the second is a selection of the artist's works linked to the performance he did together with the Italian neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti, who discovered mirror neurons, set up with a selection of portraits and self-portraits of the Cerasi collection.

The artist devoted his research for a long time to the relationship between art and science and has defined a path which reflects on the ‘brain’, the seat of thought but also of action, the place of elaboration and metamorphosis: it asks questions, activates reversals, tries to make invisible the appearance of things and vice versa.

For this exhibition, Fabre intercepts touching points between the collection and his own production; rhythm is the leitmotif that forms the bridge between life and art, the sound of the traffic of nervous impulses that rhythmically pass through the human body, like a kind of music.

Works by De Chirico, Donghi, Capogrossi, Ianni, Casorati and Cambellotti have been direct sources of inspiration both for Fabre and for curators who found poetical and intimate links between the contemporary artist and the modern artworks, enacting a reflection on art, imagination and philosophy throughout history. 


Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via Merulana, 121
00185 Roma


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