Starting on Friday June 24th and ending on Sunday September 18th, “Par Tibi, Roma, Nihil” (litterally meaning “There’s nothing comparable to you, Rome”) is an exhibition taking place in the Roman Forum, close to the Colosseum, in Rome. Organized by the “Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il MNR e lAarea Archeologica di Roma”, “Fondazione Romaeuropa Arte e Cultura” and “Nomas Foundation”, the showing has been curated by Raffaella Frascarelli.
“Par Tibi, Roma, Nihil” is showing art works and performaces by 25 artists who accept to compare themselves to the antiques. The terrace and the arcades from Severus, the Palatine Hill Stadium and the peristyle transform themselves in a linguistic laboratory for the contemporary thought.
“Par Tibi, Roma, Nihil” is an exclamation which echoes since the Middle Ages and expresses the astonishment in front of the strength of a past that resists to the pressure of time, and for that Rome is the perfect scenario. This showing continues this concept and demonstrates how the ruins are a soft border capable of holding the contemporary language of art. At the same time, the ancient space, filtered from the look of today’s artists, earns a new physiognomy. The three main contents of the exposition are Memory, History and Space; they are expressed by the means of installations, sculptures, videos and the action of performances creating a fusion of styles, between antique and contemporary. The result is a new gaze on these remains of the Roman Empire which changes the path of visitors, also with the opening of places usually closed to public like the Palatine Hill Stadium and the inferior peristyle of the Domus Augustana, Rome.
Three are the artists that created site-specific works for this exhibition: Daniel Buren on the arcades from Severus, Kader Attia in the inferior peristyle of the Domus Augustana, and Sislej Xhafa in the Meta Sudans, outside the path defined on the Palatine, and announcing this new contemporary path on the hill of imperial power even from the nearby Piazza del Colosseo, Rome.