The Festival of Lights represents a brand-new exhibition format designed specifically for the gardens of the Villa Medicis. Titled Open at Night, its first edition will be open to the public from 16 December 2017 through 28 January 2018, every Friday through Sunday. The aim is an experimental vision of the gardens, a nocturne in the form of a labyrinth of open-air installations by internationally renowned contemporary artists:
Rosa Barba, Camille Blatrix, Christian Boltanski, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Maurizio Cattelan, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Elmgreen & Dragset, Felix González-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Joan Jonas, Hassan Khan, Lee Mingwei, François Morellet and Otobong Nkanga.
The Villa Medici gardens are a maze of greenery divided up by hedges into 16 squares. Here our 17 artists are creating an atmosphere of wonderment, composing new legends as they blur the site's strict geometry.
In the Square of the Columns, Otobong Nkanga (born 1974 in Kano, Nigeria, lives in Antwerp) is presenting an 'archeological site' : illuminated glasses set in the ground, on which visitors can read poems or discover drawings by the artist.
More info here
Opening Friday 15 December, 5 pm | free entrance
16 December 2017 - 28 January 2018
5:00 ? 10:00 pm, Friday ? Sunday
Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1, 00187 Rome
Tel. +39 06 67611