Ara Pacis Video

A historical talk about the Ara Pacis:

GENESIS Photographs by Sebastião Salgado

genesis_photographs_by_sebastiao_salgado_large.jpgA photographic journey across the five continents to document with fascinating black and white images, the rare beauty of our most important, unique and precious heritage: our planet.

Promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovrintendenza Capitolina and the Chamber of Commerce of Rome under the patronage of the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, made by Amazonas Images and produced by Contrasto and Zètema Progetto Cultura, curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado,
Genesis will be premiered in Rome and will be held at the same time in other capitals (London, Rio De Janeiro and Toronto). From these cities it will reach all major cities of the world. Genesis is presented with the support of Vale, Brazil.

Genesis is a long-term photographic project, in line with the main bodies of work carried out previously by Sebastião Salgado; for example, the series of reportages presented in Workers or the series on the theme of the population movements around the world, that appeared in Migrations. This new project is about our planet earth, nature and its beauty, and what remains of it today despite the manifold destruction caused by human activity. Genesis is an attempt to portray the beauty and the majesty of regions that are still in a pristine condition, areas where landscapes and wildlife are still unspoiled, places where human communities continue to live according to their ancient culture and traditions.
Genesis is about seeing and marvelling, about understanding the necessity for the protection of all this; and finally it is about inspiring action for this preservation.

The exhibition is divided into five sections dedicated to the geographical areas Salgado has photographed: the South, The Shrines of Nature, Africa, the Far North, the Amazon and the Pantanal.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome

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Audrey in Roma - Photography exhibit at the Ara Pacis Museum from October 26th to December 4th, 2011

A TRIBUTE TO AUDREY HEPBURN IN SUPPORT OF UNICEF: Unpublished photos, videos and personal fashion items belonging to one of the icons of our time

On the fiftieth anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and simultaneously with the Rome International Film Festival, eternal city will be honoring Audrey Hepburn for the first time with a tribute-exhibit at the Ara Pacis Museum. This celebration of Audrey in "her" Rome will raise funds for UNICEF's project to fight child malnutrition, in conjunction with the Club Amici di Audrey (Friends of Audrey). Hepburn devoted the last years of her life to serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. A portion (25%) of the Ara Pacis Museum entrance fee will be donated to UNICEF Italy's mission in CHAD.

The Audrey in Rome exhibit is being promoted by the City of Rome Department for Cultural Policies and Historic Center - the Cultural Heritage Superintendence, the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund and UNICEF, together with the Club Amici di Audrey at the Italy Fund for UNICEF. Zètema Progetto Cultura is handling the event's organization and museum services. The exhibition contains images, videos and personal objects that recall the three lives the actress lived in Rome: as an actress, mother and UNICEF Ambassador. Spanning twenty-five years, Audrey shared key moments of her career with Rome, from Roman Holiday to War and Peace and The Nun's Story. But more so, she shared with Rome many years of family life in close contact with the city and its residents.

The exhibit is curated by Audrey Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, together with Ludovica Damiani, Sciascia Gambaccini and Guido Torlonia, with the consultancy of Sava Bisazza Terracini.

A selection of unpublished shots from the archives of Reporters Associati, Photomasi, Istituto Luce and Kobal Collection capture Audrey Hepburn during her everyday life in Rome. Captions, wall panels and graphics will illustrate personal recollections of the relationship between Audrey and Rome.

Considering the tie between Audrey Hepburn's life and style, the images come to life as they are displayed with the fashion items in the photos and which she wore during that era. Featuring creations by Givenchy, Valentino and many others, together with her 'everyday' clothes she wore in her daily life, give us an unprecedented look into the fashion of the times.

The exhibit also displays pictures from UNICEF Archives which document Audrey Hepburn's missions among the children of Bangladesh, Vietnam, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Latin America, to whom she devoted those last precious years.

Vatican Walking Tour

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Rome In One Image

roma_in_un_immagine_un_brand_per_la_citta_di_roma_small.jpgThe current exhibit at the Ara Pacis Museum:

Rome in one image. A brand for the city of Rome

17 September - 3 October 2010

On display are seventy of the many projects received by the City of Rome for the national competition to design the new logo for the promotion of cultural and tourist resources of the city: Rome in one image.

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Ara Pacis Museum Evening Openings

Starting September 4th and for October also the Ara Pacis Museum will stay open until 11:00 PM on Saturdays. You can save on entrance also by getting a Roma Pass.

Richard Meier - Ara Pacis Museum, Rome

Not new, but I hadn't seen it before:

More on the Vandalism

ANSA has some more details in their story of the paint attack on the Ara Pacis museum, and a picture:

re201ynkX_20090601.jpg.jpeg(ANSA) - Rome, June 1 - A wall of Rome's controversial Ara Pacis museum was spattered in bursts of red and green paint on Monday in an attack by unidentified vandals.

Police arrived on the scene at dawn after being alerted to the paint splashes, which were in the colours of the Italian flag.



Ara Pacis museum vandalized

You just knew this had to happen eventually (sadly):

ars-cp-6796717.jpg.jpegThe Ara Pacis museum, a controversial modern museum in central Rome, has been hit by vandals with paint-filled balloons.

Vandals left a porcelain toilet and two packs of toilet paper next to the museum in the overnight attack, which appeared to be a comment on the design.

The paint on the white, block-like structure was red and green — the colours of the Italian flag.

There have been objections to the modern outline of the building by Richard Meier since the U.S. architect was hired to design it.

Right-wing Mayor Gianni Alemanno last year threatened to move the building which was a project of his predecessor. His criticism is that the modern structure doesn't fit with Rome's classical architecture.

The mayor has begun negotiations with the architect in an attempt to change the design. And he condemned the vandals.

Photo courtesy of the AP (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press). If anyone has any photos they took email them to me and I will post them here.

Ara Pacis on Google Earth?

I am trying to load this Ancient Rome 3D in Google Earth - http://earth.google.com/rome/
Has anyone done this? Is the Ara Pacis included? If I can get there I will post a screen shot.

Rome museum blog

The Comune of Rome has a new blog - an official blog - for Rome's museums. This is definitely cool - now I just need to work on my Italian. Link: Blog Musei in Comune Roma

Bruno Munari exhibit at the Ara Pacis Museum

One of the major features of the new Ara Pacis Museum was the alternate spaces for other exhibits and events:

The Musem of the Ara Pacis in Rome is hosting an important exhibition dedicated entirely to versatile Milanese artist – a sculptor, illustrator, graphic artist and industrial designer – Bruno Munari.

The exhibition follows on from an in-depth study and a project refined in the years that followed its inception. It includes some of the artist's most notable works, like his shop window displays from the 40s and 50s, the artistic contributions he made to architectural projects between the 50s and 60s, his graphic design projects and work done in collaboration with some of Italy's most significant cultural contributors in the period following WWII such as Einaudi, La Rinascente, Olivetti and Danese.

Meier Says Ara Pacis Is Victim of Italian Politics

More from Meier about the proposed demolition (via Bloomberg):

"The longer I'm involved in this the more bizarre it seems,'' said Meier, who accuses Alemanno of animosity toward the arts.

And this nugget from Culture Minister Sandro Bondi:

"It's really difficult for me to find beauty in contemporary art,'' said Bondi in an interview in the current issue of Italian women's magazine Grazia. "If I visit a show, like many people I pretend to understand. But sincerely, I don't understand.''

I have to say that if i was the Culture Minister of any country I would make it and important part of my job to understand contemporary art. I may not like it - but I would know how to talk about it in a critical, informed manner - and not just say "I pretend to understand". This is shameful - I hope that something was lost in the translation of this quote.

Italy to Tear Down Part of Richard Meier Museum

Yes - this is ridiculous news. And sad. Sort of hard to believe that a modern government can act like the Taliban:

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government plans to tear down part of a Rome museum designed by U.S. architect Richard Meier, Corriere della Sera said, citing comments by Culture Undersecretary Francesco Giro.

A travertine stone wall at the Ara Pacis museum will be removed to facilitate viewing of two historic churches in the same square that houses the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Augustus, Giro said yesterday at the museum, according to the report. A section of another travertine wall connected to the museum also will be knocked down, he said.

Giro said Roman Mayor Giovanni Alemanno agrees on the plan, and a joint meeting between the mayor's office and the Culture Ministry will be held in September or October to discuss technical issues, according to Corriere.

The Meier-designed museum was inaugurated in 2006 and houses the Ara Pacis, an altar constructed in 9 B.C. to commemorate the peace following Rome's Gallic and Spanish campaigns.

c_ferdinando_scianna_magnum_contrasto_sqlarge.jpgThe official Ara Pacis Museum website has a gallery of images from the Mimmo Paladino, Brian Eno exhibit. Nice photos but too small!

Red glass box outside the Ara Pacis Museum?

Can anyone shed some light on what this is:

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Photo courtesy of and copyrighted by World Architecture News, and Mahalie & Uglynoid

Ara Pacis Museum controversy quiet for now

A recent editorial in World Architecture News says that the controversy about the Ara Pacis Museum possible being razed is quieting down:

Mary Lou Bunn, a communications spokesperson for Richard Meier’s office said, “things have been quiet” (since the announcement was made). She added that Meier “is willing to talk to the Mayor” about the matter and that “people at the firm are very attached to the project.” Ms. Bunn said that the Italian daily, the Corriere della Sera, had polled its readers about the matter with the results being that somewhere near 70% of respondents want the building to stay.

As I stated earlier, I think the odds of anything happening to this museum are close to zero. It is simple populist politics to make statements like Alemmano did, which the Italians are quite good at. At the same time, the article quotes a poll by Corriere della Sera showing that the "people" want the building to stay. There are other papers in Italy that if polled would probably show the opposite.

Italy needed fascism, says the new Duce

Rome's new mayor continues to make news:

Alemanno praised a district south of Rome, which Mussolini built as a symbol of fascism, calling it an example of “architecture that was part of the modernisation process and gave importance to Italy’s cultural identity”. The EUR district’s monumental style, built for an international exhibition that was abandoned because of the war, was modelled on that of ancient Rome.

After living here for a few years you start to understand the Italians fascination with Mussolini - but it is a false hope, based on nostalgia and selective memories (the trains ran on time, the modernizing of the infrastructure, etc.). It is much like the American Right's fascination with the post WWII boom and the longing for the "good old days" of a dad that worked and a mom that stayed home and baked cookies. These are just cultural myths - and even if they were real for a moment in time, they were eventually unsustainable. Instead of looking to the past we all should be looking forward, but as always, it is easier to blame others and long for better things than to roll up your sleeves and actually do something. Shipping 20,000 Romanians out of Italy isn't really going to stop the problems in Rome.

So while we were on holiday in Sorrento this news broke - which explains the spike in traffic to the site the last few days. Personally it sounds like a lot of hot air, and a lot of free publicity for the new (reportedly far right) mayor. This seems to be a tried and true trick of Italian politicians. Does anyone think that a brand new building like this is going to be razed? Would the Romans want to be compared to the Taliban? I don't think so - but for now it generates some news, sells some newspapers and makes the new mayor look tough.

"The famous American architect Richard Meier has denounced as incredible plans by Rome’s new right-wing mayor to dismantle a state-of-the-art museum designed by Mr Meier that opened just two years ago.

The white marble, glass and steel structure housing the Ara Pacis, an ancient Roman altar with a sculptured frieze on the banks of the Tiber, is regarded by some architectural experts as a masterpiece. Others, however, find it hideous, with some critics dismissing it as being “like a suburban swimming pool or a giant petrol station”. Silvio Berlusconi, whose centre-Right alliance won a sweeping victory in national elections last month, once described it as monstrous.

Gianni Alemanno, a member of the “post-Fascist” Alleanza Nazionale who overturned decades of centre-Left rule in a run-off election on Sunday and Monday, said bluntly that “Meier’s building is a construction to be scrapped”. He added that this was not his” top priority”, leaving the timing of the demolition unclear."

More here.

More photos of the Valentino exhibit

Just came across another batch of photos from the Valentino exhibit at a site called "eternally cool". Some nice shots in there.

DISSONANZE 08 at the Ara Pacis Museum

Here is another event slated to take place at the Ara Pacis Museum:

Dissonanze, the festival for electronic music and multimedia art returns to Rome for the eighth year...

The 2008 edition of Dissonanze will also involve new spaces. The historic and architecturally acclaimed PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI and L’AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA (which last year hosted the great Karlheinz Stockhausen: first and foremost) will remain this year – but another extraordinary space, the museum of the ancient l’ARA PACIS, will be added to the list.

The above is from BERLINISTA.

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