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La Repubblica promuove lo sviluppo della cultura e la ricerca scientifica e tecnica. Tutela il paesaggio e il patrimonio storico e artistico della Nazione. (art. 9 della Costituzione della Repubblica Italiana)


artist | Giuseppe Lana

2013

Installation / Edition of 3

240 × 220 x 260 cm / 94.5 × 86.6 x 102.4 in

Polystyrene's sarcophagus, metal scaffolding.
Installation view, Museo Riso, Palermo.

"… Italy owns 65% of the artistic heritage of the world… ". All this sounds quite rhetorical and disarming. One thing is certain: the estimated percentages are perhaps not realistic, but surely ... Read more
Polystyrene's sarcophagus, metal scaffolding.
Installation view, Museo Riso, Palermo.

"… Italy owns 65% of the artistic heritage of the world… ". All this sounds quite rhetorical and disarming. One thing is certain: the estimated percentages are perhaps not realistic, but surely Italy owns a large portion of sites recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, experience tells us that, despite the wealth of history and traditions of which we have referred, the image of our country is not adequately promoted by a distant and uninterested management of artistic problems.

The city of Pompei can be considered as an example of this insane policy. Pompei has come down to our day perfectly preserved due to a natural disaster that struck in AD 79: the eruption of Vesuvius Volcano. In fact, two thousand years ago, the rain of ash, dust and lapillus crystallized the city thus allowing its preservation to the centuries. This "miracle" is now in danger of being reduced to a pile of rubble thanks to a short-sighted policy, unable to protect one of the best preserved treasures of our past. One example is the collapse in 2010 of the Schola Armaturarum, the school of gladiators, which occurred due to structural failure due to lack of adequate conservation measures.

Inspired by these events Giuseppe Lana planned on doing a fragile and light sarcophagus, a small finding that mixes ancient history and contemporary realities, monument and radiography of a political and social landscape just like the city of Pompei, crystallized over time, and because of third-party negligence finally collapsed. Read less
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