Exhibitions 2017. Pompeii and Naples still protagonists
It's time to think about new events in history and archeology of 2017, and we can already give you two important advances on two exhibitions not to miss.
The places are Pompeii and Naples and the theme is unique: POMPEII AND THE GREECE.
Overlooking on the Mediterranean Sea and part of the Campania context full of various ethnic and cultural presences, Pompeii lives, as all the settlements of the ancient Italy, an articulated contact with the greek world, documented since before the founding of the city. Events such as the Battle of Cuma (happened on the 474 BC), which completely altered the balance of the Gulf of Naples, for example, have marked the identity, the cults and the models of the ancient Pompeii. The exhibition tells the stories of an unusually Pompeii linked with the Greek culture since the objects - divided into small groups and in seven thematic sections -: ceramics, ornaments and weapons, items from the architectural system, sculptures from Pompeii, Metaponto, Poseidon, Cuma, Capua and Gela, inscriptions in different spoken languages -Greek, Etruscan, Paleoitalico-, funerary objects from different centers of the Mediterranean, Greek sculptures and architectural plates. The works come from Pompeii and the main national and European museums; finds that often for the first time come back in Italy. The exhibition illustrates to the general public the charm of a non-linear historical narrative, built of interrelated patterns, composed of multiple and contradictory identity, by layered languages consciously re-used, born along the Mediterranean area. A narrative that suggests a comparison and a reflection on our contemporary with his dynamism made of migration and conflicts, encounters and clashes of cultures.
Naples, National Archeological Museum
The exhibition explores the tension between identity and otherness that characterizes a specific group of mythological tales, myths of transformation or 'metamorphosis'. From the stories of Danae, Leda, Europa and Ganymede to the myth of Io, Daphne, Narcissus and Echo, up to that extraordinarily complex of Hermaphrodite. A path in the greek myth and his fortune through the stories with some common narrative ingredients. If, on the one hand, the exhibition makes extensive use of the material of Ovid (also in view of his next two thousandth anniversary), the theme is treated in a much broader perspective, taking its cue, rather, from the iconographic tradition and the metamorphosis images in Pompeii. In the exhibition, each group of works is joined to a 'summary' of the myth, based on the literary and iconographic sources, ancient and modern, designed to bring to light its changes, modifications, extensions. The rich selection of objects includes, in addition to numerous wall paintings of mythological subjects, mosaic panels, decorated in marble and bronze, gems and jewelery items, bronze utensils and other metals. For each myth is also been offered a small selection of works of more recent periods (from the early modern period to contemporary times), that can illuminate milestones in the reception of Greek transformation myths.
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Staff at Flashback Journey to Pompeii. Our goal is to bring you up-to-date information on events, continuing archeological excavations and more on Pompeii.