MACRO Testaccio e La Pelanda


in short

The old slaughterhouse complex is a lively area for cultural displays and artistic events. MACRO Testaccio in the slaughterhouse is situated in Testaccio, an area not far from the banks of the Tiber, in a perfect place for cultural experimentation.
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MACRO Testaccio e La Pelanda

in detail

The pavilions of the slaughterhouse were built between 1888 and 1891 by Giacchino Erosch, and bear witness to the transition from classicism to modernity, providing an important historical example of the monumental and rational nature of industrial architecture at the end of the century. For many years, the Slaughterhouse was considered to be among the most important of industrial buildings, because of its modernity and the simplicity of its structure and internal organisation.

In 2002, two pavilions inside the slaughterhouse complex, an area of 105,000 sq metres (of which 43,000 are built on), were assigned to MACRO to aid the development and diffusion of contemporary art.
In keeping with Testaccio's dynamic atmosphere, and the youthful crowds that throng there in the evenings, MACRO Testaccio, is open from 16.00 to midnight. The dimensions and layout of the space make it a particularly suitable setting for some of the most significant works of national and international art, which today are redesigning the 'territory' of visual culture and of the interaction between different languages.

MACRO is in action and is preparing itself to be, for a vast and diverse public, a cultural magnet of many facets and dimensions through which the value of contemporary artistic expression is affirmed.
MACRO Testaccio is one of the two locations of MACRO - Rome's Museum of Contemporary Art
Ex Mattatoio
MACRO Testaccio is located in the same complex that was home to a slaughterhouse during the19th century, in a neighbourhood that has, in recent years, begun to stand out for the richness and variety of its cultural and artistic events, mainly targeted at young audiences.
The original buildings, that characterise the whole architectural complex, built by Gioacchino Ersoch between 1888 and 1891, bear witness to the transition from Classic to modern architecture and provide a significant historical example of late 19th century industrial, monumental and rational architecture. The combination of modern and original structures has led to the Slaughterhouse being considered as one of Rome’s most important industrial buildings, as well one of the more interesting examples of “industrial archaeology” to have survived.
In 2002, two buildings inside the Slaughterhouse complex, which has a total surface area of 105,000 square metres, including a covered area of some 43,000 square metres, were assigned to MACRO specifically to encourage and disseminate an interest in and appreciation for contemporary art. 2003 saw the creation of MACRO Future (today MACRO Testaccio), since when art exhibitions have been a regular feature in one of the buildings, whilst the second building has only been fully functioning since 2007.
In line with the dynamic character of the neighbourhood and the massive presence of youngsters during the evenings, MACRO Testaccio opens from 4.00 pm to midnight every day, except Monday. Thanks to the size and the particular way in which space is distributed in this complex, it is particularly suitable as a venue to show important national and international artistic works that represent modern visual art today and the fusion of different languages.
Nuovo MACRO and MACRO Testaccio are getting ready to become the face of a multi-faceted cultural centre in which the very best artistic expressions of contemporary art, both Italian and international will be able to establish themselves in an increasingly determined manner.
Intero € 4,50 Ridotto € 3,50 entry fee € 4,50 reduced € 3,50
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Visitor entrance

Ex Mattatoio
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4
00198 Rome
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Martedì-domenica ore 16.00-24.00 (la biglietteria chiude un'ora prima).
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