‘Mostri. Creature fantastiche della paura e del mito’
Palazzo Massimo – Rome
20th December 2013 – 1st June 2014
This unique exhibition, currently running in Rome’s Palazzo Massimo, part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, uses more than a hundred archaeological artefacts to investigate a series of classical myths that have had a great influence on modern and contemporary art.
The presentation is inspired by the theme of a labyrinth, the ancient idea of a journey upon which each hero must embark in order to reach a higher state of being. In addition to some prestigious pieces on loan from many different Italian museums, it contains incredible findings taken from museums all across the world, from Athens to Berlin, from Vienna to New York. These pieces combine to create a comprehensive view of the development of the iconography of fantastic, mythical creatures across numerous ancient cultures.
The exhibition unfolds into thematic sections, analysing a variety of different legendary creatures and examining their cultural evolution and significance over time. As well as the many archaeological pieces, three fascinating canvases featuring the Minotaur, the Medusa and the Pegasus, each originating from different cultural periods, complete the collection.
Don’t miss this fascinating exhibition!
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 – 19.45