Exhibition | Pompeii and Europe, 1748–1943

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 23, 2015

Now on view in Naples:

Pompeii and Europe, 1748–1943
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Naples, 27 May — 2 November 2015

Curated by Massimo Osanna

pompei_e_l_europa_1748_1943_mostra_presso_il_museo_archeologico_nazionale_di_napoli_2015Pompeii and Europe recounts the fascination that the archaeological site of Pompeii held for artists and the European imagination, from the start of excavations in 1748 to its dramatic bombing in 1943. The exhibition—devised by Massimo Osanna, the Superintendent for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae—unfolds along a twofold route at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and simultaneously at the Amphitheater in Pompeii, and joins the program of events planned for Expo Milano 2015 in importance and prestige.

The exhibition evokes the history of the Vesuvian city, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, in a constant comparison between the arts and the excavations; a dialogue between archaeologists and historians of art, architecture and literature, all called on to recount the unique story of the rediscovery of Pompeii.

Promoted by the Superintendency for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and the Directorate General of the Great Pompeii Project, with the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the exhibition—organized by Electa with an exhibition installation by Francesco Venezia—is structured as a true journey, grand and complex, in which Antiquity enters into a dialogue with Modernity, and nature with the arts and archaeology.

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The catalogue is available in English from Artbooks.com:

Massimo Osanna, et al., Pompei and Europe, 1748–1943 (Milan: Electa, 2015), 350 pages, ISBN: 978-8891803627, $75.

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