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

             “Par tibi, Roma, nihil” (“As you, Rome, nothing”) is Hildebert of Lavardin’s exclamation of marvel before the ruins of the late antique Rome, an ideal motto that inaugurates a new cultural season for the eternal city.  In an area that has been closed to the public for decades (Domus Severiana, Palatine Stadium, Lower Peristyle Domus Augustana), thanks to the open vision brought forth by the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Archaeological Area of Rome as well as the support of Romaeuropa Festival and Electa, 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. Memory, space, history, merged with the contemporary languages, reopen to life and to the human thought, allowing for the present narration to write the past time.

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, the welfare collapse and the exploitation of labor, the cannibalisation of third world countries, the socio-politic integration, the pagan humanism, the sharing of natural resources, the ancient historic strategies and the contemporary cultural crises, the subjective identity and the collective conscience permeated by history, the emotional instability generated by the failure of the educational system, the influence of the middle class in the definition of the global biopolitics, the contemporary financial and economic dictatorships.

On the background, Rome, the sacred territory since the VIII century BCE, the city where philosophy, religions, political thought, art, everything humanizes, the conceptual space which provides depth to the Italian cultural identity, the historical center of the western world.

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.

June 24th - October 23rd 2016


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