Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters includes the creation of a contemporary art collection, under the name Collectio, for the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

This collection will be conceived by artists on the basis of the study and interpretation of the “archaeological matter” kept in the excavation and storage areas at the site. Collectio – which will commence in the second half of 2021 through a program of commissions, production and presentation – will thus comprise not only artifacts but also documents, projects, prototypes, hypothesis, methodologies and experiences of the Pompeiian “archaeological matter” and its multiple meanings.

In this sense, Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters enhances Pompeii’s physical and digital sites as a contemporary framework initiating new lines of artistic enquiry that can help us revisit, through experimental strategies, the approach to the themes of cultural heritage, in today’s sense of this word. To do so, the project proposes a specific methodology for the conception and production of works of art: triggered by the unprecedented possibility of interpreting the very substance of History, each work in this collection exists in the interstices between past and present, between archaeological heritage and contemporary research.

The works in the Collectio will be acquired by the Italian State, and consigned to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii as an in-progress collection. Exhibited and discussed first at Pompeii, these works will later also be presented at other institutions (in archaeological and in modern and contemporary museums), in temporary and periodic exhibitions, and will be accompanied by a program of seminars, conferences and workshops.

The Collectio program is supported by the Pompeii Archaeological Park and by the Partners Committee of Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters, and is inspired by the guidelines of the Italian Council project, promoted by MiBACT-Ministry for Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism, aimed at the study and enhancement of contemporary Italian art. In this case, Collectio focuses on the reflections developed by artists from all over the world on the contemporary nature of the Pompeian archaeological site – viewing it as an Italian contemporary historical and natural heritage with universal value.