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Par tibi, Roma, nihil

24 June 2016  —  23 October 2016

Marko Lulić, Death of the Monument, 2009. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy the artist and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Piero Golia, Loser, 2003. Courtesy the artist, Bougada & Cargnel, Paris Daniel Buren, La scacchiera arcobaleno ondeggiante, 2016. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 2006. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Nomas Foundation, Rome. Gabriele De Santis, We're a Short a Guy, 2016. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Scolpire il tempo, 2010. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam. Gianni Politi, Reverse Sistina, 2016. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Flavio Favelli, Terrazzo con decori, 2008. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Petrit Halilaj, They are Lucky to be Bourgeois Hens II, 2009. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Chert, Berlin and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Alessandro Piangiamore, La cera di Roma, 2014. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Giulio Delvé, Cancel 1/2, 2011. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy UnosuNove and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Chen Zhen, Biblioteque Musicale, 2000. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Nomas Foundation. Valerio Rocco Orlando, Personale è politico, 2011. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy the artist and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Herstory, 2014. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Naples, and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Loris Cecchini, Stage Evidence (Chinese Relief), 2007. Installation view, Palatine Hill, Rome. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana and Nomas Foundation, Rome.

Nomas Foundation at the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

Via di San Gregorio 30 (Gateway Vignola), Rome, Italy

ARTISTS: Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Meris Angioletti, Francesco Arena, Kader Attia, Elisabetta Benassi, Daniel Buren, Loris Cecchini, Zhen Chen, Isabelle Cornaro, Michael Dean, Tomaso De Luca, Giulio Delvé, Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Gabriele De Santis, Flavio Favelli, Piero Golia, Petrit Halilaj, David Horvitz, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jannis Kounellis, Marko Lulić, Emiliano Maggi, Masbedo, Rosalind Nashashibi, Alessandro Piangiamore, Gianni Politi, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Michal Rovner, Marinella Senatore, Sissi, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Adrian Tranquilli, Guido van der Werve, Nico Vascellari, Tris Vonna Michell, Sislej Xhafa

Curated by Raffaella Frascarelli

Rome, January 25th, 1787

It becomes every day more difficult to fix the termination of my stay in Rome: just as one finds the sea continually deeper the farther one sails on it, so it is also with the examination of this city. It is impossible to understand the present without a knowledge of the past and to compare the two, requires both time and leisure. The very site of the city carries us back to the time of its being founded.

J.W. Goethe, Italian Journey

In an area that has been closed to the public for decades (Domus Severiana, Palatine Stadium, Lower Peristyle Domus Augustana), the Nomas Foundation collection opens a dialogue with the identity of Rome, poised between the suggestions of the ancient and the sociopolitical contradictions generated by the diffusion and mutation of its image. At the center of the critical debate, the appropriation of the historical memory (spolia), the ideological manipulation of the masses operated by ancient art, the creation of a myth for power, the active dictatorship of the “religio,” the forceful structuring of “lex” and “ius,” the global paradox and the contradictions of the cultural heritage. A journey of dissent within the myth of Rome, an anarchic re-reading of the devices for the stratification of history, an experience of self education which shifts our view to a more active role, disclosing uncomfortable perspectives towards an open and critical cultural consumption.

Site specific:

Sislej Xhafa (Colosseum - Meta Sudans)

Daniel Buren (Domus Severiana Upper Terrace)

Khader Attia (Domus Augustana Lower Peristyle)

Performance Programme at Palatine Stadium:

June 23rd                   Emiliano Maggi

July 21th                    Sissi

July 28th                   Tomaso De Luca

September 8th          Meris Angioletti

Calendar of Diffused Performance:

June-Semptember     Nico Vascellari

September 2016

Symposium: Lo spazio dell’arte tra passato e futuro

“Par tibi, Roma, nihil” (“As you, Rome, nothing”) is Hildebert of Lavardin’s exclamation of marvel before the ruins of the late antique Rome, an ideal motto that inaugurates a new cultural season for the eternal city. Thanks to the open vision brought forth by the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, the National Roman Museum, the Archaeological Area of Rome as well as the support of Romaeuropa Festival and Electa, the collection of Nomas Foundation merges with archaeology in the construction of a unique and evocative exhibition which unravels in: artworks from the collection of Nomas Foundation, the commissioning of 3 site-specific artworks respectively by Sislej Xhafa, Daniel Buren and Kader Attia, performances by Emiliano Maggi, Sissi, Tomaso De Luca, Meris Angioletti, Nico Vascellari and a closing symposium Lo spazio dell’arte tra passato e futuro (The space of art between past and future) which will gather specialists of the ancient world, archaeologists and contemporary thinkers. The objectives: to transform while conserving the integrity of the archeological, historical and artistic heritage; to favor the creation of innovative thinking through the interaction of specific knowledge areas such as ancient and contemporary, to structure new models of cultural fruition that may orient the public towards a more open, critical and conscious cultural consumption.

The project is part of Patrimonio storico e creazione contemporanea promoted by Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l'area archeologica centrale di Roma, Fondazione Romaeuropa Arte e Cultura and in collaboration with Nomas Foundation, Electa and Galleria Continua.