'Classic Reloaded' at Bardo in Tunis features MAXXI works

Link between classical tradition and modern research

04 December, 15:33

    TUNIS - An exhibition featuring works from Rome's MAXXI museum of contemporary art is currently on display at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, examining the links between classical tradition and contemporary artistic research.

    The show, titled "Classic Reloaded. Mediterranea", was curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, director of MAXXI Arte, together with Eleonora Farina.

    It uses the MAXXI collection as an ambassador of dialogue among peoples and a tool for cultural diplomacy, showing how art can build bridges against closure and nationalism.

    The exhibition is touring the Mediterranean and will run through January 31 in the spaces of the Petit Palais at the Bardo, following its first stop in Beirut at the Villa Audi Mosaic Museum.

    The project is part of an integrated cultural promotion programme by the Italian Foreign Ministry titled "Italy, Culture, Mediterranean" for countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Its sponsorship in Tunis came from the Italian Embassy in Tunisia and the Italian Institute of Culture in Tunis. The exhibition includes 20 works by 13 Italian artists depicting the culture of "the sea that lies between the lands" that has always characterised the countries of the Mediterranean, with their own cultural autonomy yet openness to others.

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