The Bank of Italy's Art Collection

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By making its art collection available on its website the Bank of Italy offers the general public the opportunity to view and admire the most important works in its possession. The precious and varied collection has been built up over time through numerous purchases and today it covers a vast time span and many geographical areas, from ancient Asia to 20th century Italy, from Roman sculpture to Flemish tapestries.

The collection was originally intended to furnish the reception areas and directors’ offices and is not displayed as if it were in a museum. Instead, the pieces are to be found in the many buildings that house the Bank’s offices, both in Rome and in other towns throughout Italy. As a collection it is difficult to access and enjoy as a whole.

Through its website the Bank of Italy, constantly attentive to the wishes of the public, has used technology to offer anyone with the means and the interest to log on and access its art collection.

Access to the collection

Exhibition 'Other Rooms of Art from the Fifties and Sixties'

The exhibition 'Other Rooms of Art from the Fifties and Sixties' opened on 20 November 2017 at the Scuderie Aldobrandini in Frascati. It highlights the close synergy between two institutions, the Bank of Italy and Frascati town council, both keenly engaged in supporting culture and promoting Italy's artistic heritage. The exhibition is also evidence of a strong interest in developing an area that is home not only to the Bank but also to many other leading research centres and university institutes.

This is the first occasion in which works from the Bank of Italy's art collection can be viewed by the public outside the buildings where they are normally housed, hence the title 'Other Rooms'.

All of the forty-three works on display from 21 November 2017 to 4 January 2018 form part of the Bank's art collection and offer a key to interpreting Italian artistic language of the period, ranging from the figurative tradition still followed in the early '50s to the formal elements of abstract art.