Month: February 2019

History By Pictures – 8. MACRO ASILO (Rome)

History By Pictures – 8. MACRO ASILO (Rome)

In Via Nizza, in Rome. is the MACRO, one of the seats of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome.

Since 30 September 2018, under the direction of Giorgio De Finis, the Macro has become a nursery school, a place of welcome for artists.

If you are thinking of a traditional museum, you are definitely off the beaten track. First of all, you don’t have to pay the entrance fee (yes, you read it right) and there is very little fixed and static, just a small exhibition, that of the  photo here. Everything then changes, almost every day … you can come for coffee, to sit and study, to attend the presentation of a book or the screening of a film, to lie down on the deck chairs of the courtyard …

 

Not by chance, it has been defined as the Non Museum of Rome.
The idea of the Director De Finis is in fact just this: to unhinge the traditional idea of a museum and transform the MACRO into the place where the city of artists meets the rest of Rome and the world.

 

And this meeting also takes place in a truly original way. Upstairs, in fact, in addition to the characteristic “Room of Words”, there are 4 ateliers, or rather boxes, in which the artists come to work.

Take care: the MACRO Asylum is a sort of timed project. This “museum” has a deadline of 31/12/2019 and does not claim to be a right model or replicable in other locations.

You can’t describe the kaleidoscope of emotions that overwhelms you when you open the glass doors of the entrance: disorientation, emotion, amazement… my advice is: take a jump and let me know what you think!

 

 

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History By Pictures – 7. The Centrale Montemartini Museum (Rome)

History By Pictures – 7. The Centrale Montemartini Museum (Rome)

The Centrale Montemartini, in the Ostiense district of Rome, is a branch of the Capitoline Museums of Rome.

It is an extraordinary museum where two diametrically opposed worlds meet and merge: that of industrial archaeology and that of classical archaeology.

 

Its history begins in 1997, when the spaces of the old power plant were restored and recovered to house some works transferred here from the Capitoline Museums (in particular from the Palazzo dei Conservatori) underwent restoration work in those years to create a new layout.

The success of this exhibition, entitled “The Machines and the Gods”, was such that in 2001 it was decided to transform the place into a real museum.

The exhibition is divided into four separate rooms that collect the whole of numerous and interesting exhibits from the excavations carried out during the urban transformations carried out in Rome at the end of the nineteenth century and during the great gutting of the thirties of the twentieth century.

The diesel turbines and the old boilers of gigantic dimensions, seem to blend perfectly with the white classic marbles, composing a very special mix.

If you are looking for a special museum in Rome, this is the place for you!

 

 

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History By Pictures – 6. The Area of the Roman Theatre of Terracina in Middle Ages

History By Pictures – 6. The Area of the Roman Theatre of Terracina in Middle Ages

In these days, Terracina is witnessing, in an increasingly feverish way, the rediscovery of its ancient theater.
But what happened to this monument with the end of the Roman Empire?

The arrival of the Barbarians (5th century AD) had a devastating impact on the city. The town contracted drastically and the curtain of history fell on the ancient buildings, now devoid of any form of maintenance.

 

Odoacre, king of the Eruli, the barbarian king who deposed Romulus Augustulus, last emperor of Rome (Credits: skuola.net).

 

The archaeological stratigraphy of the theatre documents, for this phase, a strong damage that caused its collapse. A thick layer of earth covered the marble and statues. However, life would have continued along its course and from those ashes the medieval landscape of Terracina was born. The northern front of the Foro Emiliano was in fact occupied by a new district, with many roads, some still existing (Via della Palma), others disappeared (Salita Castello and Piazza Urbano II).

 

Traces of the block that developed on the area of the ancient Roman theatre of Terracina. Some modern houses damaged by the Second World War also survived.

 

The traces of this new urban block are still partly evident.

Next to the portico of the theater is in fact the tower house of Orazio Migliore (his name is engraved on the lintel of the entrance), dating from the thirteenth century and built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Vicolo Pertinace. The mighty tower house at the beginning of Via della Palma dates back to the 12th century, to which a Gothic domus (the so-called “house with mullioned windows”) is attached.

 

The gothic domus called “house with mullioned windows”. Dating back to the 13th century A.D., it bears witness to the new medieval quarter that developed over the area of the ancient Roman theatre of Terracina.

It was thanks to these medieval buildings that the structures of the theater were “protected” from the disastrous bombing of World War II and that have come down to the present day.

 

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