Francesco Clemente at Madre, Naples

Francesco Clemente

Visitors to Pompeii@Madre can see Francesco Clemente’s Ave Ovo alongside rarely seen artefacts from the archaeological storerooms of Pompeii. A collaboration between the authorities of the world famous site and Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Madre), the exhibition also includes exhibits on loan from museums and galleries around Europe, which chart the history of Pompeii’s influence over artists and intellectuals since its rediscovery in the 18th century.

Clemente was commissioned to create Ave Ovo in 2003, and spent four months transforming a two-story room in museum into a permanent work of art. Composed of a monumental fresco and a ceramic floor, Ave Ovo is integral to the museum's structure and features symbols from Neapolitan history as well as the artist's personal history.

Pompeii@Madre: Archaeological Material is at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples until 28 May 2018.

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