The large exhibition “Pompei ei Greci” (Pompeii and the Greeks) opens its doors on April 12, 2017 exposing the magnificence of Ancient Greece beyond its borders. The exhibition will be hosted in the arena of ancient Pompeii and curated by famous Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, featuring three audiovisual installations.
Through more than six hundred exhibits, the exhibition aims to show the relationship of Pompeii with Greek culture. The initiative belongs to the general director of the archaeological site of Pompeii, Ozan Massimo and Carlo Resinio from the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli.”
The very close ties of this Southern Italian city with the Greek culture are highlighted through the works of craftsmen, architects as well as through valuables. Pieces on display will include: sculptures, weapons and ornaments from Sorrento, Capua, ancient Poseidonia of southern Italy, Kymi (later Cuma), Champagne and Metapontum the Basilicata region.
Southern Italy and Ancient Greece
The exhibits come from thirteen large Italian and international museums (Greece will be participating with 28 antiquities from Ancient Agora and Ilia) to be presented for the first time in such a detailed and interesting picture, through thirteen separate sections.
Particular attention is given to Greek presence before the foundation of Pompeii, the changes imposed by the founding of Naples, Italy, in addition to the Hellenistic period and the significant Greek influence on Roman civilization.
According to the Italian press the exhibit also makes reference to everyday objects, even by comparing two large waste bins of the 2nd century BC (One of the ancient markets of Athens and the other from Pompeii) in which the visitor will be able to see the great similarity in lifestyles between the two cities of antiquity.
“Pompeii and the Greeks introduced the public to a narrative which is captivating because it comprises multiple and contradictory identities, as well as a number of language layers reused with craftsmanship” writes the newspaper of Naples “Il Mattino.” It is an exhibit that is considered one of the most interesting cultural events of 2017 in Italy and in the wider Mediterranean region.