Par tibi, Roma, nihil
24 June 2016 — 23 October 2016
Nomas Foundation at the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
Via di San Gregorio 30 (Gateway Vignola), Rome, Italy
ARTISTS: Giorgio Andreotta Cal√≤, Meris Angioletti, Francesco Arena, Kader Attia, Elisabetta Benassi, Daniel Buren, Loris Cecchini, Zhen Chen, Isabelle Cornaro, Michael Dean, Tomaso De Luca, Giulio Delv√©, Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Gabriele De Santis, Flavio Favelli, Piero Golia, Petrit Halilaj, David Horvitz, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jannis Kounellis, Marko Lulińá, 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 ‚Äúreligio,‚ÄĚ the forceful structuring of ‚Äúlex‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúius,‚ÄĚ 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.
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
Symposium: Lo spazio dell‚Äôarte tra passato e futuro
‚ÄúPar tibi, Roma, nihil‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúAs you, Rome, nothing‚ÄĚ) is Hildebert of Lavardin‚Äôs 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‚Äôarte 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.