The exhibition at the Ostia Antica Archaeological Park, curated by Alessandro D'Alessio, Nunzio Giustozzi and Alberto Tulli with the support of Electa, celebrates one hundred years of shows in Ostia Antica, from 1922 to 2022: a long history of theatrical they took place, and still take place continuously, up to the present day, in the Roman theater.
The exhibition is introduced by a section focused on the history of the monument: from the excavations of the great archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani in 1880/81 - which led to the discovery of two epigraphs allowing the dating of the building of the theater to the Augustan age and its reconstruction in Severan age – to those of Dante Vaglieri in 1907, attested by extensive photographic documentation of the same, which led to the consolidation of the building and to the overall analysis of the structure. Furthermore, thanks to the studies of Guido Calza, then director of the area, also supported by the artist Duilio Cambellotti, set and costume designer in Ostia, both the excavation activity and the restoration and partial reconstruction of the monument were favored. The latter made it possible to hold the classic performances in a space that could accommodate up to 2,800 spectators.
Within the exhibition many archive materials are presented which retrace the most significant moments of historical performances such as Plautus' Aulularia, the first to be staged; moreover, an evocative video, a montage of period photographs and films, reveals the attendance at the excavations and the exaltation of the most representative elements of the Ostiense archaeological landscape in the different eras.
Photo credits: courtesy of Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica
Dal 21 maggio al 23 ottobtre 2022 - prorogata fino all'8 gennaio 2023
Dal martedì alla domenica
Dal 1 aprile al 30 settembre: dalle 8.30 alle 19.00
Dal 1 ottobre al 24 ottobre: dalle 8.30 alle 18.30
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