Iddu shows in Rome at Scuderie del Quirinale

Iddu is being shown in the fantastic new show “Pompei e Santorini – L’eternità in un giorno” at Rome’s prestigious Scuderie del Quirinale until January 2020. Iddu has been beautifully installed in a major new show about volcanic activity, preceded by Warhol’s iconic painting of Vesuvius. This is the same version that was shown at Compton Verney with two screens at right angles to each other creating a compelling and immersive experience. The concept of the show is to try to convey an intimate portrait of life in antiquity and contrast it with the horror and destiny imposed by volcanic disaster. The exhibition displays a rich cream of archeological finds – jewellery, frescoes, skeletons, charred objects and recovered remains from Pompeii and Santorini where two infamous eruptions occurred in AD79 and 1628 BC respectively. What’s also interesting is the juxtaposition between antiquity and contemporary art inspired by volcanic activity. It is the first time that the Scuderie del Quirinale, one of the most traditional and reputed exhibition spaces in Rome, has risked showing contemporary art. Apart from Warhol, there are also works by Turner, Gormley, Long, Burri, Penone and others. I think the show flows pretty well, there is clearly a tension between archeological academia and the playfulness of our contemporary art world. Occasionally the two fuse, then clash, and finally feed off each other, making for an explosive experience!