Rome looks East with “Silk Road,” the happening started at the end of 2011 that will run through March 2012 encompassing eight different exhibits on the major civilizations forming this magical route that linked Europe to Asia.
A part of the showings will focus on the history and ancient cultures of the countries crossed by the Silk Road, while the others will show the contemporary art scene of 21st century Asia.
The key “historical” event is the introductory exposition “Eastbound: cities, men and gods along the silk roads” at Diocleziano’s baths, very close to Termini station, which will also showcase the so called Mongol map: a 32-meter silk scroll representing the whole of Asia, from China to Mecca, of Ming time, bought in the year 2000 by the People’s Republic of China and for the first time brought out of the country. Until February 26.
The same compund also hosts the photo exhibit by Enrico Rondoni on how China has changed in the last 30 years. The Italian photographer will display his pictures of the early 80s and compare them with the new images shot in 2011. Also until February 26.
But Silk Road doesn’t only mean China or Eastern Asia, it is also Caucasus! And there are 3 exhibits on these very ancient civilizations. The first, ending on January 29, is about Dvin, the ancient capital and most important trade center of Armenia in the Middle Age.
Another one is on the golden treasure of Vani, the Pompei of Georgia, at the Trajan’s markets. Until February 5.
The last one is set to open on February 13 and will be about Azerbaijani culture and arts.
The following day, February 14, will mark the inauguration of another showing: the photo & video exhibit of a group of eight people and ten camels who recently went from Xian to Istanbul (12,000 kms!) in 18 months.
The “contemporary” side of the event will see an exhibit on the latest trends of the Chinese artistic scene from January 25 at Macro Testaccio: (Un)forbidden city, the post-revolution of new Chinese art. And “Light Sound” a paper and ink display by the Korean artist Minjung Kim. Also at Macro from January 25.
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