Ermes Ermes

Ermes Ermes

I founded Ermes in 2015 in Rome, initially as a nomadic gallery. My limited budget meant I was unable to afford a permanent space so I thought it would be interesting to organize exhibitions in places with unique characteristics that would stimulate the artists to respond to them and to the limitations of the spaces themselves. Every exhibition was in a different venue; in March 2017 I opened the first permanent space in Vienna, a former horse stable in the heart of the city. Due to the Covid pandemic I decided to move back to Rome, as I needed to be in my country, closer to my loved ones in such a special moment. I always feel inspired by difficulties and challenging situations. The program has definitely an intuitive approach, it’s a very personal narration where each show is considered like a chapter of a poetry book. It presents Italian and international artists whose practices investigate diverse media: sculpture, painting, photography, video, performance, and installations.

Exhibitions

City Exhibition Date
Roma The Terrorizers, Dana DeGiulio, Julie Peeters, Kazuna Taguchi, José Vermeersch, Marina Xenofontos Until 08.02.2022
“Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I have always been fascinated by its mixed bag and countless stories. The energy that first filled the city in the 1960s is still there. ”
Ilaria Leoni. Photo: Kate Schoults

In conversation with Ilaria Leoni, Ermes-Ermes

The name of your gallery is not eponymous. Tell us about how you chose it.

Ermes, in English Hermes, is a Greek divinity: the messenger of the gods and protector of the homeless. I thought it would be important for the gallery to have a protector. When I opened, we didn’t have a permanent space. We were always looking for someone who could host us.

Talk to us about the space you chose for your gallery and its location.

I decided to complement the Vienna calendar with a small space in Rome, in the middle of the city, not far from Piazza Farnese. Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I have always been fascinated by its mixed bag and countless stories. The energy that first filled the city in the 1960s is still there. I like to listen to the stories of the great gallerists – Fabio Sargentini, Gian Enzo Sperone, Plinio De Martiis, Mario Pieroni – and the great artists who lived in the city or even just passed through. All of the gallery’s artists are excited about this new venture. The gallery space was originally a little antique shop-slash-decoration workshop and is located in a small 15th-century building in via dei Banchi Vecchi.

Who would you most like to see walk through your gallery doors?

It would be amazing to see Bruce Nauman there and talk about his passion for horses.

What would be your desert-island work of art?

Bruce Nauman, Green Horses, 1988.

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Artists

  • Nick Bastis
  • Jakub Czyszczoñ
  • Gina Folly
  • Nicole Gravier
  • Jieun Lim
  • Diego Marcon
  • Darius Mikšys
  • Nicola Pecoraro