Friday in June is open garden day for the Dutch, and as such the garden of the
Dutch Academy in Rome was open to the public, the only occasion in the year.
Maria Bostenaru 2016 / CC BY
Academy in Rome (KNIR) is located at Valle Giulia, where in 1911 an
international exhibition took place. The 1911 exhibition took place in more
cities in Italy, with Rome focusing on art and architecture. Out of the
pavilions on the British remained, but later on it was decided to keep the
international character and make it a place for foreign academies. On the 7th
of May, on occasion of Open House Roma, several academies such as the Egyptian,
the Danish, the Romanian opened for visitors with guided tours. The reporter
did the tour for the Romanian Academy in Rome.
Romanian and the Dutch Academy were the first to be built, and their buildings
were finished in 1933. At that time it was required that the architectural
style suits that of the remaining buildings from the exhibition, including the
National Art Gallery. For this reason consulting, and, in case of the Dutch
academy, collaboration of an Italian architect was done.
garden day included a presentation on the history and the connection to the
gardens of Amsterdam, and then a guided tour in the garden. The garden features
a Nympheum to connect with the neighbouring villa Giulia, and a secret garden,
and several remarkable plants. The colours of the flag are reflected by the
plants in the front.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.