Rome, (Italy) - The monumental, enigmatic travelling public sculpture installation 'Lapidarium. Waiting for the Barbarians' by the Mexican artist Gustavo Aceves will be in Rome from September 15.
It will be on public display in some of the most important archaeological sites of the city. After an advance exhibition in 2014 in Pietrasanta, where Aceves lives, and the first presentation in Berlin in 2015, the 40 enormous sculptures measuring from 3 to 8 meters high and as long as 12 meters will be set up at the Colosseum, Trajan's Markets, the Imperial Forum and the Arch of Constantine. The artist intended for his 'army' of bronze, marble, wood, iron and granite to represent man's eternal migration throughout history, making it possible to reinterpret Western history from a critical standpoint.
The work is a way of reflecting on the oppression and violence of populations against one another, and of giving a voice to those who are forced constantly from one place to another, those "losers" who, emigrating, are often considered "barbarians" and invaders. The exhibition was curated by Francesco Buranelli and will be in Rome until January 7. Afterwards it will visit Istanbul, Paris and Venice in 2017 and will end the tour in Mexico City in 2018. (Ansa)