Exhibitions at Borghese Gallery | Current & Upcoming Shows


Often referred to as the “Eternal City”, Rome is a hub of culture, art, architecture, and food. This city is rich with the imprints of a colorful past, characterized by iconic monuments and world-renowned works of art. The Borghese Gallery remains one of the premier museums of art and sculpture, with works by artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

Why You Should Attend an Exhibition at Borghese Gallery?

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  • Experience world-renowned artworks and sculptures by master artists.
  • Gain insight into the historical-cultural context in which the artworks were created or factors that motivated the artist in focus.
  • Enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing works of art that are not part of the permanent collection.
  • Temporary exhibitions often offer educational and interactive elements that can enhance the viewing experience.

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Dosso Dossi

Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze

Dates: 4 April 4 to 11 June, 2023

Location: The exhibition will be held in the Salone delle Feste and the Sala del Buon Governo.

Curated by: Marina Minozzi.

The exhibition is centered around five of the ten canvases that made up the Aeneas Frieze painted by Dosso Dossi between 1518 and 1520. The frieze was commissioned by Alfonso I d'Este for his dressing room and is inspired by specific episodes of the Virgilian poem, leaving out the hero’s love story with Dido, the wars in Italy, and the founding of Rome. The paintings are a brilliant example of the 16th-century Ferrara artistic milieu, characterized by vibrant colors, original compositions, and an imaginative vein.

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures

Dates: 14 March – 28 May, 2023

Location: Halls of Mariano Rossi, Apollo and Daphne, The Emperors and Aeneas and Anchises, Garden of the Uccelliera (Aviary), and Garden of the Meridiana (Sundial) at Galleria Borghese

Curated by: Francesco Stocchi

Over thirty works by Giuseppe Penone, created between the 1970s and the early 2000s, are exhibited in a path that crosses several halls in Galleria Borghese and expands into the Garden of the Uccelliera and the Garden of the Meridiana. The exhibition curated by Francesco Stocchi aims to offer a new reading of the relationship between landscape and sculpture embodied by the ancient statuary in the museum's collection according to classical canons. The exhibition includes works that reflect on the environment, and the itinerary unfolds from some of the museum's rooms to the outdoor spaces.

Past Exhibitions

The Borghese Gallery hosted its first exhibition in 2007, showcasing the popular “Venus Victorious," which has been a prime attraction ever since its unveiling.

This sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister, Paolina Borghese, was the centerpiece of the exhibit titled "Canova and the Venus Victorious." This exhibition also featured 50 other pieces by Canova, depicting the influence of Bernini on Canova’s work.

One particularly notable exhibition held at the Borghese Gallery was the 2017-2018 show titled "Bernini." This exhibition focused on the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the most important sculptors of the Baroque era. The exhibition brought together over 60 works by Bernini from around the world, including several masterpieces that had never before been displayed in Italy.

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What exhibitions are currently showing at the Borghese Gallery in Rome?

There are two exhibitions currently showing at the Borghese Gallery: Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze (April 4 - June 11, 2023) and Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures (March 14 - May 28, 2023).

Do I need to buy separate tickets to view the various exhibitions at Borghese Gallery?

A. No, you do not need to purchase separate tickets to view the various exhibitions housed within the Borghese Gallery. They are all included within your entry ticket which grants you access to all 20 rooms and 2 floors of the Borghese Gallery.

What are the dates for the Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze exhibition at Borghese Gallery?

The Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze exhibition is running from 4 April to 11 June 2023.

What are the dates for the Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures exhibition at Borghese Gallery?

The Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures exhibition at the Borghese Gallery will be running until 28 May, 2023.

When and where can I view the Borghese Gallery exhibitions?

The exhibitions can be viewed during regular opening hours of the Borghese Gallery, which is located at Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, 00197 Rome, Italy.

How do I view the Borghese Gallery exhibitions?

Visitors can view the exhibitions by purchasing a regular admission ticket to the Borghese Gallery and following the designated exhibition route.

How many exhibitions are held at Borghese Gallery annually?

The Borghese Gallery often opens its doors to temporary exhibitions every year from up-and-coming artists as well as novel creations of the fashion world. The number of exhibitions varies from year to year, but roughly 2-3 such exhibitions are held each year.

When did Borghese Gallery host its first exhibition?

The Borghese Gallery hosted its first exhibition in 2007.