The superintendent of Pompeii Massimo Osanna has taken part to an interview made for an Italian newspaper, “La Repubblica”, giving some important information about future projects to improve the management and the fame of one of the most popular archeological site in the world. In addition to being the superintendent of Pompeii he is also an archaeologist and a professor to the Neapolitan University Federico II. After the bad news of the collapse of some domus that in the past have discredited the image of Pompeii, he wants to do better by starting to put the Vesuvian site as a focus point in some university projects.
Director, Where to start?
“A solid partnership with the university is critical. I want to work in harmony with the rector Gaetano Manfredi to create a graduate school that has its epicenter in Pompei, to give a strong education of the students”.
Do you already have an idea for the venue?
“The Polverificio Borbonico located in Scafati that is already owned by the superintendence of Pompei. We want it to become a visited storage place, with locals and laboratories: a museum which is currently lacking in Pompeii, the arrival point of a visit to the excavations, that will be connected to the site with a shuttle”.
How has it changed Pompeii?
“We made this question to thousands of visitors, through a questionnaire administered by a company located in Milan: we now know the approval rating, who are the tourists, where they come from ... surprising results are emerging, and are still being processed".
In your commitment you have always seen Pompeii as a place of tradition, but also a place of innovation ...
It is a key theme. There is much resistance even within the Superintendence to the transformations. Usually we tend to identify the past as the right and the transformation as the evil. I do not agree with this. Pompeii is a contemporary place, the image of Pompeii is transforming day by day, because every generation did it. I have taken the concept of the widespread museum display that was already proposed by Amedeo Maiuri, with the relocation in situ of the original artifacts found during the excavations. So, we are sending a strong message: something is a town of only ruins, which is perceived only like a ruin, and another thing is to open different roads and perspectives. So, Pompeii becomes more free and more human. Innovation means finding the key to read in a contemporary way a place which is the place of tradition for excellence, Pompeii. That’s why it is good the contemporary art: about that, I’m going to distress some closer relations with the museum of the contemporary art in Naples, the “Museo Madre”.
University, museum of contemporary art…Do you have already planned other collaborations?
“We can not ignore Capodimonte: we will do together an exhibition, "Pompeii and Picasso", scheduled on the 2017 for the centenary of the visit of the painter in Italy. With Paestum we will make an exhibition to combine pre-Roman and Roman painting”.
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