In promoting the RAS project, the Foundation, together with the Region of Campania and the Superintendency for Archaeological Resources of Naples and Pompeii, has organized touring exhibitions of artifacts found at the Stabiae villas: Hidden Treasure at Santa Maria La Carità, Otium Ludens and In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Élite.
The latter, which opened in Washington DC in 2004, represents an important step in the history of archeology in terms of international collaboration for the development of the Italian cultural legacy. The exhibition represents the first fruits of the memorandum of understanding between Italy and the Unites States (January 2001, successfully renewed in 2006), signed to reduce the plundering of Italian archaeological materials, and which permits and promotes the long-term exposition of Italian cultural resources in the United States at the institutions that participate in the study and protection of the archaeological sites. In Stabiano was made the main event in the more general program titled “Bellissima Campania,” a six-month festival that opened in the spring of 2004 and presented the culture of Campania to the American public. In Stabiano then proceeded to tour nine major American museums from 2004 to 2008.
Hidden Treasure at Santa Maria La Carità
Five beautiful stuccoes from the I century AD Roman villa of Petraro that provide testimony to the citizens of Santa Maria La Carità of their historical heritage, within the event “Santa Maria La Carità: 30 years of autonomy, 3000 years of history.”
Casa Comunale di Santa Maria La Carità
November 21, 2008 – March 22, 2009
Promoted by Municipality of Santa Maria La Carità, Archaeological Superintendence of Naples and Pompeii, Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation.
Otium ludens features 170 artefacts that show the best preserved cluster of seaside and agricultural villas of ancient Stabiae, dating back to the first century b.C. and A.D. The frescoes, of the highest quality, adorned villas of otium (“leisure”), which were the most luxurious constructions owned by the Roman elite and built alongside the Gulf of Naples seascape. In such villas the owners did not always occupy their time with public activities or business (“negotium”) but cultivated their own cultural inclinations, pertaining to their own personal interest, self-development and intellectual curiosity.
State Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg
The exhibition was displayed in the beautiful setting of renowned architect, Leo Von Klenze’s Bosporan Room, restored and opened to the public in the occasion of Otium ludens.
December 8, 2007 – May 18, 2008
Promoted by the State Hermitage Museum, the Archaeological Superintendence of Naples and Pompeii, Campania Region, Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation and in collaboration with the Italian Consulate and the Italian Institute of Culture of St. Petersburg.
Hong Kong Museum of Art
In Hong Kong the exhibition has been enriched with the creation of a sonorous landscape, a soundtrack that accompanies the visitors with sounds of ancient instruments.
July 18 – October 5, 2008
Promoted by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Archaeological Superintendence of Naples and Pompeii, Campania Region, Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation and in collaboration with the Italian Consulate in Hong Kong.
Complesso Monumentale of San Nicolò, Ravenna
The only Italian venue of the tour hosted an interesting comparison between the frescoes of ancient Roman villas and the hosting church of San Nicolò, decorated with wall frescoes dated from the late Gothic to the early Baroque period.
March14, – November 1, 2009
Promoted by Archaeological Superintendence of Naples and Pompeii, Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation, Parco Archeologico di Classe Foundation, Municipality of Ravenna, Emilia Romagna Region.