ROME, MAY 14 – The more time eludes us, the more we feel the urgency to govern it, if only with the imagination. And precisely to the time, to the obsession with its becoming, to the urgency to stop it, to give it shape, meaning, substance that is configured in particular in the Baroque era, the exhibition that opens from tomorrow to October 3 in Rome is dedicated. in the newly renovated rooms of Palazzo Barberini. Curated by the director Flaminia Gennari Sartori and by Francesca Cappelletti, who also leads the Borghese Gallery in Rome, the exhibition stems from a 2017 project, stopped like many others by the outbreak of the Covid pandemic. Yet, precisely for this reason its reflecting on time and its perception, on man’s atavistic anxiety to understand it, measure it, stop it, comes very current, almost as if it had been conceived by the two scholars to make sense of time dilated and estranged by the lockdowns linked to the pandemic. And if it is true that room after room the story through images that slowly unfolds before the visitor’s eyes, from the mighty canvases by Guido Reni, Poussin, van Dyck, Caravaggio, to the incredible drawings by Bernini and Baciccia, Andrea Sacchi, up to the objects precious, watches of gold and precious stones that are both prodigies of mechanics and high goldsmithing, tells of a particular and unique era in Western history, that seventeenth century that belonged to Bernini but also to Galileo and which marked a profound change so much in the physical perception as well as in the poetic representation of time, it is also true that this “Baroque Time” appears, indeed it almost bursts into actuality with a thousand ideas and suggestions. Created thanks to Cipe funds destined for the restoration of the rooms on the ground floor of Palazzo Barberini, the exhibition also inaugurates the new space – over 750 square meters at a cost of 952,626 euros – intended for temporary exhibitions and strongly desired by the director Gennari Sartori. A project also started in 2017 for the completion of the great Barberini Museum and of which “we are finally seeing the results”, underlines the director anticipating that in the autumn the Barberini Cafeteria will finally open, in the space of the ancient greenhouses. (HANDLE).