Palazzo Merulana houses a collection composed mainly of works of the Roman school and the Italian twentieth century, but with a momentum towards the contemporary.
The exhibition path which includes more than 90 works, on a surface of 1800 square meters, is divided into four floors.
GROUND FLOOR Sculpture Room
As it was in the original structure of the Health Department, where the ground floor was the entrance porch, Palazzo Merulana welcomes its visitors in a porch too, free of charge, with a bookshop and a cafè to enjoy a pleasant break between different sculptures by Antonietta Raphael, Lucio Fontana, Pericle Fazzini, Giuseppe Penone, and many other artists.
In a free and relaxed mood, they could enact a peculiar and unconventional intimacy with the artworks. The peaceful atmosphere is conveyed also by the lovely urban garden, far from the daily hustle and bustle of Via Merulana.
SECOND FLOOR Hall
As the beating heart of the Elena and Claudio Cerasi collection, the second floor hosts most of the permanent exhibition of Palazzo Merulana. De Chirico, Balla, Donghi, Capogrossi, Casorati, Pirandello, Severini, Cambellotti, to name a few.
A warming and familiar space that invites visitors to linger on and to rest on the sofas between the artworks. A walk into beauty, an aesthetic experience, a dive into the 20th Century with a glance towards the contemporary: everything is orchestrated by the “Director of the Stars” by Jan Fabre, placed at the center of the room.
THIRD FLOOR Gallery
A dynamic space looking out of contemporary art presents works by Boetti, Schifano and Pirandello, among others and it will host various temporary exhibitions.
FOURTH FLOOR Top Floor
A place for cultural activities and food and wine events.
Also, a section of the space hosts the “Time Machine”, a small video-photographic path narrating the life of the Palace backward to its origins.
A privileged point of view on Via Merulana. Through the high trees Rome offers to the sight its roofs and domes.