Pompeii, 2013 Photo: Paul Kelley.

Pompeii Plans to Amass and Exhibit Collection of Contemporary Art

Pompeii is inviting artists to produce sculptural pieces that respond to artifacts from the historic Roman site, according to Hannah McGivern in the Art Newspaper. The director-general of the historic ruins, Massimo Osanna, envisions a permanent collection of new works that will be in dialogue with the old.

Osanna has a potential space for the commissioned works in mind: a former explosives factory acquired from the state last year. The building, more than two miles from the ruins, will potentially be a site for storage, education, and conservation programming. It may also house shows and even artists’ residencies. A push to restore the building will take at least two years, says Osanna.

In the meantime, Osanna has co-organized “Pompeii at Madre: Archaeological Material,” with Andrea Viliani, director of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina. McGivern notes that the exhibition will feature “archaeologically inspired works” made by Jimmie Durham, Laure Prouvost, Adrián Villar Rojas, and Mark Dion, among other artists.