Musia, the multi-functional space first opened in Rome’s historic centre in 2017 by Roman entrepreneur and art collector Ovidio Jacorossi, has become a private museum. Under the new name Musja (Museo Jacorossi), the museum is dedicated to contemporary art and offers an articulated artistic and cultural program.
Musja is situated in the historical center of Rome, in a structure set within a historic building that has arisen on the ancient ruins of the Theater of Pompey.
Conceived and created by Ovidio Jacorossi, the space was renovated in 2017 by the architect Carlo Iacoponi with a project aimed at enhancing the uniqueness of a structure of about 1,000 square meters, preserving its stratification and the presence of architectural elements from different periods, ranging from Roman age to the Renaissance.
The sixteenth-century courtyard, attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, the modern transparent vault that covers the courtyard, the remains of frescoes, capitals and pilasters from the Roman era establish a continuous game of references between the contemporary and the millennial history of this place, in a dialogue full of innovative ideas.
The vast collection of the museum includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, vintage furniture, design objects. The collection presents testimonies of the Symbolist and Divisionist movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s up to Futurism, with the self-portrait of Giacomo Balla among the most significant works.
Space also for the Metaphysics and Surrealism of Giorgio De Chirico and Fabrizio Clerici. Also included among the authors: Arturo Martini, Mario Sironi and the Roman School with Antonietta Raphäel, Mario Mafai and Corrado Cagli. Abstract art of the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s is represented through the works of the new Roman School in Piazza del Popolo. Arte Povera and Conceptual Art have among the most representative examples works by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Luciano Fabro and Gino Paolini. There are also works related to the Transavantgarde period and the New Figuratives. Well represented is also the generation of Mario Schifano, Franco Angeli and Tano Festa.
The works of the collection will be exhibited in rotation on the occasion of exhibitions and events: they will also be available for initiatives in other museums around the world.
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