Par tibi, Roma, nihil – Nomas Foundation at the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Herstory, 2011. Courtesy Galleria Tiziana Di Caro.


Rome, January 25th 1787

It becomes every day more difficult to fix the termination of my stay in Rome: just as one finds the sea continually deeper the farther one sails on it, so it is also with the examination of this city. It is impossible to understand the present without a knowledge of the past and to compare the two, requires both time and leisure. The very site of the city carries us back to the time of its being founded.

J.W. Goethe, Italian Journey

In an area that has been closed to the public for decades (Domus Severiana, Palatine Stadium, Lower Peristyle Domus Augustana), the Nomas Foundation collection opens a dialogue with the identity of Rome, poised between the suggestions of the ancient and the sociopolitical contradictions generated by the diffusion and mutation of its image. At the center of the critical debate, the appropriation of the historical memory (spolia), the ideological manipulation of the masses operated by ancient art, the creation of a myth for power, the active dictatorship of the “religio,” the forceful structuring of “lex” and “ius,” the global paradox and the contradictions of the cultural heritage. A journey of dissent within the myth of Rome, an anarchic re-reading of the devices for the stratification of history, an experience of self education which shifts our view to a more active role, disclosing uncomfortable perspectives towards an open and critical cultural consumption.

Artists: Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Meris Angioletti, Francesco Arena, Kader Attia, Elisabetta Benassi, Daniel Buren, Loris Cecchini, Zhen Chen, Isabelle Cornaro, Michael Dean, Tomaso De Luca, Giulio Delvé, Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Gabriele De Santis, Flavio Favelli, Piero Golia, Petrit Halilaj, David Horvitz, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jannis Kounellis, Marko Lulić, Emiliano Maggi, Masbedo, Rosalind Nashashibi, Alessandro Piangiamore, Gianni Politi, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Michal Rovner, Marinella Senatore, Sissi, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Adrian Tranquilli, Guido van der Werve, Nico Vascellari, Tris Vonna Michell, Sislej Xhafa

Curated by Raffaella Frascarelli

Site specific in collaboration with GALLERIA CONTINUA
Sislej Xhafa (Colosseum – Meta Sudans)
Daniel Buren (Domus Severiana Upper Terrace)
Khader Attia (Domus Augustana Lower Peristyle)

Performance Programme at Palatine Stadium
23 June                       Emiliano Maggi
21 July                         Sissi
28 July                        Tomaso De Luca
8 September                 Meris Angioletti

Calendar of Diffused Performance:
July-Semptember      Nico Vascellari

September 2016
Symposium: Lo spazio dell’arte tra passato e futuro

Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill – Via di San Gregorio 30 (Gateway Vignola), Rome, Italy
23 June – 18 September, 2016