Amidst ex­ca­va­tions and ru­ins, con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions and con­certs. In Pom­peii, the link be­tween Clas­si­cism and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture be­comes a re­al­ity that is bound to leave vis­i­tors open-mouthed

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Con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions and con­certs amongst the ru­ins and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions

The look of Pom­peii has been changed and en­hanced fol­low­ing its trans­for­ma­tion into an open-air space for con­tem­po­rary art, mu­sic and con­certs. A world her­itage site since 1997, the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ru­ins, con­sid­ered with­out par­al­lel any­where in the world, will not only be used to host con­certs by artists of the likes of El­ton John and David Gil­mour but also an ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing works by renowned Pol­ish artist Igor Mi­toraj. A vis­ual treat for the eyes and the ears! Buried un­der ash and lapilli in the 18th cen­tury fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing erup­tion of 79 A.D.,

the Ve­su­vian city takes vis­i­tors on a real trip back in time, in dis­cov­ery of the ev­ery­day lives of its an­cient in­hab­i­tants. A unique place and one of the most widely vis­ited ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in the world which, thanks to the com­mit­ment of the di­rec­tor of its Su­per­in­ten­dency, Mas­simo Osanna, will now be used as a back­drop to host con­certs, dance events and con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions amidst its an­cient ru­ins.

Un­til 8 Jan­uary 2017, the ex­ca­va­tions will host a post­hu­mous mono­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion by Igor Mi­toraj, a French-Pol­ish sculp­tor who, in re­cent years, di­vided his time be­tween Poland and Italy. Thirty large-scale bronze sculp­tures will co-ex­ist with the most fa­mous ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments of olden-day Pom­peii, emerg­ing like dreams from the ru­ins. The sculp­tures will be placed in dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the ex­ca­va­tions, from the Tem­ple of Venus to the Basil­ica and the Fo­rum, from the Via dell’Ab­bon­danza to the Terme Stabi­ane, from the Tri­an­gu­lar Fo­rum to the por­ti­coed Quadri­por­tico dei Teatri.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in Pom­peii comes after a suc­cess of sim­i­lar ex­hi­bi­tion in the Val­ley of Tem­ples in Agri­gento and at the Mar­kets of Tra­jan in Rome, thus seal­ing the in­dis­sol­u­ble link be­tween ar­chae­ol­ogy and Mi­toraj’s con­tem­po­rary art works. Two re­al­i­ties that though fus­ing and blend­ing to­gether never over­power each other, es­tab­lish­ing a har­mo­nious bond

that en­hances the his­toric solem­nity of the ex­ca­va­tions and the mytho­log­i­cal fig­ures of the Pol­ish mas­ter. Mi­toraj, who had strong ties with Italy, died in 2014. One of his ex­press wishes prior to his death was to see his works dis­played amidst the ru­ins of Pom­peii. Although the ex­hi­bi­tion is post­hu­mous, vis­i­tors will have a chance to en­joy one of the most unique events in the world, a true tes­ta­ment to the artist’s legacy. The ex­hi­bi­tion was con­ceived and pro­moted by the Fon­dazione Terzo Pi­las­tro – Italia e Mediter­ra­neo un­der the pa­tron­age of the Min­istry of Cul­tural Her­itage and Tourism, and or­ga­nized by the Su­per­in­ten­dency of Pom­peii, the Con­tini art gallery and Ate­lier Mi­toraj (Pi­etrasanta). The strate­gic place­ment of the sculp­tures is down to the artis­tic di­rec­tion of Luca Pizzi, who worked with Mi­toraj as his as­sis­tant for the 20 years be­fore his death in 2014.

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