Ovid. Loves, myths and other stories

17 ottobre > 20 gennaio 2019
cured by da Francesca Ghedini


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Ovid. Loves, myths and other stories

Among the authors of antiquity, Publio Ovidio Nasone is undoubtedly one of the most loved; for two thousand years his verses, which speak to us of love or which narrate the adventurous stories of the gods, give us back the image of a living, passionate world, sensitive to beauty in all its forms.

 

But what do writing and image have in common? How to restore the meaning and importance of the poet's words through works of art? When can a work be considered eternal and immortal? These are the questions among which our exhibition moves, curated by Francesca Ghedini and realized thanks to the precious contribution of prestigious national and international institutions, along an exhibition that starts from the life of Ovidio, immersed in the vicissitudes of imperial Rome, to get up to us snaking between his verses and his words.

A work arrives to challenge eternity when we recognize the ways of thinking, dreaming and expressing oneself not only of the era in which that work was born but of all those to come: this is what happened at the Ovidio's metamorphosis, ideally celebrated and figuratively represented in the exhibition halls. The eternity of the Metamorphoses lies in their inimitable ability to tell stories by naturally linking words and images, just as Cinema will do nineteen centuries later; eternal then becomes the narration of the myths, known and cited by anyone over the centuries precisely in the version handed down by Ovidio and, in many cases, entered as antonomasies in the common language; eternal are the aesthetic suggestions evoked by Ovidio and become archetypes of feelings, psychological traits, characters, customs of a society no longer perceived as ancient but imperishable; as if it still existed in a parallel world, unchanged, equal to itself, close to us but immersed in the clouds like the divinities of the Ovidian Olympus.

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Ovid. Loves, myths and other stories |
17 ottobre > 20 gennaio 2019