“Kronos and Kairos” Exhibition

19.07.2019 - 03.11.2019

Starting from 19 July “ Kronos and Kairos. The times of contemporary art “- the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Benedetti – which renews the appointment with contemporary art in the monumental spaces of the Palatine and open to the public until 3 November 2019 – created with the scientific coordination of the Directorate General for Art and contemporary architecture and urban suburbs, promoted by the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, with the organization of Electa.

The exhibition
If Kronos is time passing, Kairos is the opportune moment , the one in which something particular happens. This double definition creates a bond, but also a contrast, between time as quantity, Kronos, and time as quality, Kairos, along the course of a historical dimension, narrated on the Palatine Hill, through the 15 works of as many Italian and international artists invited to participate, who have reworked or created their works according to the place: an archaeological area particularly charged with grandiose signs of the past, an important condition of comparison. The exhibition suggests a vision of the contemporary that dialogues with the historical heritage, showing the continuity and stratification that characterize the richness and uniqueness of the Colosseum Archaeological Park.

The works
The selected works , including audiovisuals and installations, combine with the scenarios of the imperial palaces: from the monumental Severian Arcades to the quiet of the Palatine Stadium, from the spatiality of the lower peristyle of the Domus Augustana to the aesthetic pleasure of the Sala dei Capitelli. The ancient and the contemporary support and welcome each other, opening the door to a continuous relationship between the world of yesterday and that of today.

” Illusion, power, myth, precariousness are the subjects of the selected and site-specific interventions” – explains Alfonsina Russo, Director of the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum -. The same themes that give us back the places that welcome them. It is this correspondence between archaeological spaces and contemporary creativity that has set the conditions for this ambitious project, the first result of an important agreement with the Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs ”.

The educational project
But the exhibition has also become an opportunity for the conception of an educational educational cultural mediation project aimed at the public . From July 19 to 21 and from September 1 to November 3 some students from the courses of study in art history of the University of Rome Sapienza, who followed a special training course focused on museological, historical-artistic and methodological themes on teaching of contemporary art, will be present in the archaeological area of ​​the Palatine to build a dialogue with visitors, answer their questions and stimulate the active use of works of art: an innovative project that focuses on the social role of culture in a position to develop and build knowledge at any age.

The artists on display: Nina Beier – Catherine Biocca – Fabrizio Cotognini – Dario D’Aronco – Rä di Martino – Jimmie Durham – Kasia Fudakowski – Giuseppe Gabellone – Hans Josephsohn – Oliver Laric – Cristina Lucas – Matt Mullican – Hans Op de Beeck – Giovanni Ozzola – Fernando Sánchez Castillo.

The catalog, published by Electa, in addition to being a useful guide to the exhibition, brings together a critical anthology that investigates the meanings and limits of time.

Location: Palatino, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Dates and Times:
19 July – 30 September from 10:00-17:00
1 October – 3 November from 9:00-16:00
Info: More info


Palatino, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy



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