"From ancient Greek statues with futuristic helmets to gladiator shields that are decorated with shoes, a series of Italian contemporary art works are on show among the ruins of Rome’s Forum. Many of the creations by 17 artists – spread throughout the vast complex which was once the teeming heart of Rome – were made especially for “Post-Classical: The Revival of the Ancient in Contemporary Italian Art,” an exhibition that explores the links between contemporary art and antiquity.
The collection includes works by members of the Arte Povera movement – Greek-born Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giulio Paolini – as well as independents Vanessa Beecroft and Claudio Parmiggiani, and photographer Mimmo Jodice.
“What brings them together is the need to reinvent the fundamental themes of Classicism, to the point of rendering them unrecognizable,” exhibition curator Vincenzo Trione told journalists.
“They don’t make faithful copies. They don’t put the culture of the past on a pedestal, they privilege discontinuity and margins.”
At the heart of the Temple of Venus and Rome stands Pistoletto’s famous “Venus of the Rags,” a white statue of the Roman goddess of love in front of a large pile of brightly colored clothes.
Over at the Palatine stands Gregorio Botta’s iron version of the Temple of Portunus, which has water running inside it to evoke its nickname of the Temple of “Manly Fortune.”
Other works have been set up in the Temple of Romulus, at the Barberini Vineyard and the Cryptoporticus of Emperor Nero, scattered where they can be discovered by visitors as they wander through the covered porticos and wide green gardens of this ancient part of the Eternal City."
"Roma. La mostra Post-Classici curata da Vincenzo Trione ha invaso per la prima volta e in modo massiccio il Foro romano e il Palatino. Il tema è un must di tutta l’arte mondiale e del nostro Paese in particolare: la ripresa dell’antico, il dialogo tra il contemporaneo e il cuore stesso della classicità. Trione lo ha affidato a 17 artisti italiani di varie generazioni, sensibilità e linguaggi che riflettono e reinterpretano concetti chiave quali bellezza, armonia, perfezione, misura, sapienza, con opere quasi tutte realizzate per l’occasione."ilgiornaledellarte.com/
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