Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo

Gallery in Villa Borghese & Northern Rome

The Zaha Hadid–designed building that Rome's leading contemporary-art gallery occupies is as much a highlight as the art it contains. Formerly a barracks, the curved concrete structure is striking inside and out with a multilayered geometric facade and a cavernous light-filled interior full of snaking walkways and suspended staircases.

The gallery has an outstanding permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century works, of which a selection are on free display in Gallery 1, but even more interesting are its international exhibitions.

These have included works by William Kentridge, the South African artist and creator of the Triumphs & Laments mural on the Tiber embankment, and a study of Japanese domestic architecture.