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Feeding the Empire: Tales of Food from Rome and Pompei
ROME  •  Ara Pacis  •  2 July - 15 November 2015

What and how did the ancient Romans eat? How did they carry hundreds of tons of provisions from the world’s most remote corners? How could they transport them from the Tiber river to the heart of the city? And how could they store them throughout the year? The answer lies in an exhibition of rare archaeological artifacts entitled Nutrire l’Impero. Storie di alimentazione da Roma a Pompei currently on view at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis in Rome.

After the Pax Romana, the globalisation of consumer goods took off throughout the Mediterranean basin due to the “delocalisation of production” of raw materials. During the Imperial era the Romans drank wine made in Gallia, Crete and Cyprus. Wealthy Romans drank the expensive wines from Campania; they used oil shipped by sea from Andalusia; they loved greek honey and especially the garum, a sauce imported from Africa, the eastern mediterranean, Portugal, and also from nearby Pompei. Romans especially loved their bread made with grain transported on big boats form Africa and Egypt.

In addition to food supply and its transport the exhibition attempts to convey the “massive distribution” and food consumption among the different social classes in two symobolic places: Rome, the largest and most overcrowded ancient town, and the Vesuvius area, with particular attention to Pompei, Ercolanum and Oplontis.

Museo dell'Ara Pacis Website

Contact: Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta
(angolo via Tomacelli)
00186 Roma
Tel: (39) 06 06 08

Jackson Pollock’s Mural: <EM>Energy Made Visible</EM>, 1943
Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible, 1943
Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible.
VENICE  •  Peggy Guggenheim Collection  •  23 April - 16 November 2015
This touring exhibition focuses on Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City), following its 18-month campaign of conservation and cleaning at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. The immensely dynamic Mural is the largest painting Pollock created and it has exerted a seismic impact on American art down to the present day. Commissioned in the summer of 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York townhouse, Mural established a new sense of scale and audacity for the Abstract Expressionist movement, anticipating the classic “poured” abstractions that Pollock would begin four years later. Setting Mural into context, the selection includes Pollock’s newly-restored Alchemy, as well as works by the artist’s wife Lee Krasner, David Smith, and Robert Motherwell.

The exhibition will travel to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, and then to the Museo Picasso, Málaga.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Website

Contact: Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
Dorsoduro 701
I-30123 Venezia

<EM>Farnese HerculesPortable Classic</EM>Fondazione Prada Venice
Farnese Hercules
Portable Classic
Fondazione Prada Venice
Portable Classic
VENICE  •  Fondazione Prada  •  9 May - 13 September 2015
The exhibition Portable Classic explores the origins and functions of miniature reproductions of classical sculptures, showcasing more than 90 artworks. Both in ancient Rome and modern Europe a true ‘canon’ of sculptures was created, considered as an undisputed peak of excellence of a given subject. Their prestige was so high that, since it was almost impossible to acquire the originals, their reproductions, even on a small scale, were eagerly sought for by well-read audiences. An example of this is the Farnese Hercules, exhibited in a series of smaller-scale reproductions—measuring 20 to 150 cm—in marble, bronze and terracotta. Some classical small-scale masterpieces are presented along with Renaissance multiples, through the examples of the Ignudo della Paura and the Bathing Venus. Another section of the exhibition is devoted to important art collectors from the 1500’s. In a selection of paintings by Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto and Bernardino Licinio, the subjects are portrayed among classical sculptures and plaster casts from their personal collections. Starting from the emblematic cases of the Belvedere Torso and the Laocoön, the exhibition illustrates how Renaissance artists employed small-scale copies to elaborate hypotheses on the missing portions of the classical originals.

Fondazione Prada Website

Contact: Fondazione Prada
Ca’ Corner della Regina
Santa Croce 2215
30135 Venezia

Tel: (39) 41 810 91 61

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