Rome’s Fondazione Memmo – best known for its ancient art shows – recently started a new exhibition program dedicated to contemporary art, conceived by Fabiana Marenghi Vaselli and Anna d’Amelio and titled Arte Contemporanea. The New York based artist Sara VanDerBeek opens this program with her first Italian solo show, curated by Cloé Perrone. VanDerBeek created a site-specific project n the stables of Palazzo Ruspoli based on a summer spent working in Rome. For this show, she continues to research the relationship between photography and sculpture, image and object, and continues to explore what she calls an “Eternal City”. In an interview on Memmo’s website, she explains that “the exhibition will include a mix of images I have taken in both Italy and America with a focus on surfaces and spaces resonant of human gestures and activity yet abstracted by the close focus of the camera.” In doing so, concentric forms, primary shapes, and repeating lines appear. These visual rhythms are both ancient and contemporary, shifting our perspective between past and present, recognition and abstraction, presence and absence. All these dualities are present in most of VanDerBeek’s work, but they have added resonance, too, with the city where these works originated.