The following article is concerned with the artworks exhibited in the "Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna". It presents early and late collections of the GNAM and refers in its argumentation to the content of other pages, which discuss the context, the arthistoric interpretation and the building of the Galleria separately. This article serves the purpose of description, for an interpretative approach see the respective link below. For a descriptive in-depth discussion of the building's architecture and the cultural context follow the links below:
During its early years the collection was a mix of all kinds of approaches in art and sculpturing; however, what catches the eye is the strong emotional investment that is clearly visible in all pieces and the great presence of italian and Roman motives. Just as the young Italian Kingdom itself, the presented works seemed divided in their passionate, but also desperate search for identity - split between the memory of Rome's great past and the realization of the newborn nation-state that was created out of independent kingdoms through the long and difficult process called Risorgimento.
During the 20th century that followed the first exhibitions of the museum, the collection grew extensively with regard to national, but also international artists; internationally recognized painters such as Cézanne, Klimt, Monet, Pollock and Duchamp are only some examples.
Next to the permanent collection the Galleria also hosts temporary exhibitions of famous artists or artists considered to be important. In the long line of exhibitions stand such names as Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol or for a more recent example the Italian artist Emilio Isgrò, a critic of the current Italian government and censorship.