POMPEII EXHIBITION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE LARGE PALEASTRA OF POMEPEII, FROM APRIL,12 TO NOVEMBER, 27.

Pompeii and the Greeks tells the stories of a meeting: starting with an Italian city, Pompeii, and examining its frequent contact with the Greek Mediterranean. By tracing craftsmen, architects, decorative styles and focusing on precious imported objects yet also Greek graffiti inscriptions on the city walls, the exhibition sheds light on the many diverse souls of an ancient city, and its temporary and unstable identity.

Over 600 finds are exhibited, including ceramics, ornaments, weapons, architectural elements, sculptures from Pompeii, Stabiae, Ercolano, Sorrento, Cumae, Capua, Poseidonia, Metapontum, Torre di Satriano and even inscriptions in their diverse spoken languages (Greek, Etruscan, and Paleoitalic), silverware and Greek sculptures reproduced in the Roman age. The exhibition was born from both a scientific investigation and ongoing research which has for the first time shed light upon unknown elements of Pompeii; the objects, hailing from major national and European museums, are divided into 13 thematic sections and reinterpret places and monuments of the Vesuvian city with their own “biographies”, at a site which has ever been under the public gaze.

On occasion of the exhibition, documents and monuments which had emigrated, following the antique markets abroad, return to Italy.

The exhibition, which occupies the spaces of the Large Palaestra of Pompeii, was designed by the Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi and includes three immersive audiovisual installations curated by the Canadian studio GeM (Graphic eMotion). The studio Tassinari / Vetta signs the visual identity project of the exhibition.

Pompeii and the Greeks illustrates to the general public the charm of a non-linear and multicentral historical narrative, composed of multiple and contradictory identities, as well as of layered languages which were consciously reused: the story of the Mediterranean.