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The show

The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art presents the exhibition GRAB THE CITY, born from the scientific collaboration between the National Gallery itself and the Department of Architecture and Project (DiAP) of the Sapienza University of Rome. The exhibition, jointly curated by Alessandra Capuano with Alfonso Giancotti, Anna Giovannelli and Daniele Frediani of DiAP, and by Giovanna Coltelli and Valeria Lupo, with the Exhibitions Office of the National Gallery, is inspired by the GRAB, Grande Raccordo Anulare delle Biciclette: a vast cycle/pedestrian ring of almost 50 km that crosses the capital.

The GRAB project, which nine years after its conception is reaching the imminent opening of the construction sites with Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, began on the initiative of VeloLove and has developed thanks to an interesting participatory process of the citizens. The exhibition offers a new and multicultural reading of the city of Rome, presenting the cycle path as a sustainable device for perception, enjoyment and transformation of a wonderful, sometimes unexpected or hidden city. Works of painting, sculpture, graphics and photography, alongside maps, projects and architectural models, organized into five thematic itineraries - Memories, Bodies, Nature, Imaginaries, Community - illustrate the potential of the GRAB, offering a fascinating historical, artistic, scientific and anthropological through monuments and parks, villages and aqueducts, neorealist neighborhoods and necropolises, urban oases and rivers. The sections Cities for Rings and Visions are dedicated respectively to the shape of the historical city and its future vision.

The exhibition is promoted by VeloLove, Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club and enjoys the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and Roma Capitale.

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Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
00197 Rome


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