Whether we are talking about shops, restaurants, art galleries or other public spaces, the non-conventional is what lures people.
When we go to an art gallery we expect to see paintings or art installations on a white, minimalistic background. Sacripante Art Gallery from Rome is definitely one of those spaces that will first catch your attention through its interior design, and secondly through its exhibitions.
Why Sacripante? The name comes from Cardinal Sacripante who built this building in the 18th century, as a convent. The architect Giorgia Cerulli was in charge with the dramatic transformation that wants to reflect the owners’ passion for art.
Located in an old neighborhood in Rome, Sacripante Art Gallery has an architecture that almost contradicts the history of the place and hosts 2 exhibitions each year, in the middle of a rough design, with industrial elements combined with 40’s furniture. Beautiful velvet sofas and bronze and glass coffee tables remind of this era, while the beautiful wooden beams reflect the ancient history of the building.
Another beautiful element that can easily become the focus of any exhibition is the bar that incorporates even more history. Inspired by a groups of chemists and physicians, the bar recalls the name of the street were the Physics Institute used to be in the ‘30s and were Sacripante Art Gallery is also located now. The bar has wooden storage-drawers, apothecary jars and potion bottles that give a unique charm to the space and remind once more of the ‘30s and the secret establishments from the prohibition period.
Beautifully balancing all this history are the rough, concrete walls that even though they are not white, they do justice to the overall design of the place.