snapshots of my travels
The Chiostro del Bramante is an old Italian Renaissance style cloister built around the year 1500 AD by Donato Bramante. Today, it is used to house temporary art exhibits and concerts. From now until February 19, 2017, there is a contemporary art exhibit called LOVE (L'amore in Italian). It is a lighthearted exhibit and enjoyed by children and adults alike.
The exhibition holds works of art from Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Indiana, and Tom Wesselman, to name a few.
The last stop in the exhibit was the long awaited infinity room of pumpkins! "All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins" was designed by Yayoi Kusama, 87, and is currently one of the most shared images on Instagram. It's wonderfully festive, considering today is Halloween! The room is made from walls of mirrors and glowing pumpkins. When the pumpkins are reflected into the mirrors, it gives the impression that the pumpkin patch is infinite.
There is also a coffee shop and bookstore on the second floor. After I had seen the artwork, I ordered a cappuccino and sipped it outside. There was also a variety foods like pastries and sandwiches inside.
If you're visiting Rome any time soon and need a break from all the ancient history, this is the place to go. It is rare to find contemporary art in this city. But, don't forget to admire the palace itself.