jimmie durham, adrián villar rojas, nairy baghramian, rirkrit tiravanija - pompei@madre. materia archeologica

madre museum - naples, italy
november 19, 2017 - april 30, 2018

pierre-jacques volaire, eruzione del vesuvio dal ponte della maddalena, 1782. courtesy museo e real bosco di capodimonte, napoli. photo luciano romano.



The exhibition Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica (“Pompei@Madre. Archaeological Matter“) – curated by Massimo Osanna, Director of the Parco Archeologico di Pompei, and Andrea Viliani, Director of Madre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina of Naples, with the curatorial coordination for the modern section by Luigi Gallo – is based on a rigorous research activity resulting from unprecedented institutional collaboration between the Madre and the Archaeological Park / Pompeii Superintendence, the most important archaeological Italian site and one of the most visited worldwide.


Based on a comparison and discussion of respective research methodologies, disciplinary fields and collections, Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica consists in studying the potential multiple relationships between archaeological heritage and artistic research, creating a dialogue between extraordinary but little-known and rarely displayed archaeological material from Pompeii and modern and contemporary artworks.


The exhibition, presented in a large part of the exhibition spaces of the Madre museum, is divided into two chapters:


Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica (third floor): November 19th 2017 – April 30th 2018
Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica: The Collections (ground floor and first floor): November 19th 2017 – September 24th 2018