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On the Grand Palais, an immersive stroll by way of the streets of Pompeii

Pompeii has seen others. The Roman metropolis was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79; its inhabitants succumbed to horrible fiery clouds which melted on them like a fuel tsunami; she was buried below a number of meters of pumice stones and ashes; lastly, it hibernated seventeen centuries within the floor earlier than beginning to see the day once more. Pompeii is aware of what a brutal catastrophe is and is aware of the endurance. So, what concerning the Covid-19 which halted the preparations for the exhibition on Pompeii, which was because of open on the Grand Palais on Wednesday March 25? No huge deal, simply wait. Just a little greater than three months later, right here it’s provided to the general public, in a model readjusted to the well being necessities imposed by the epidemic: a decreased reception capability which fits hand in hand with the obligatory reservation of tickets on the Web, the port of masks, deactivation of two small workshops with contact screens.

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The principle factor, nevertheless, is preserved: the concept of ​​an immersive stroll into the previous. In the course of the go to, the Grand Palais’s drawing room turns into a road within the historic metropolis. On the partitions are projected, full measurement, the facades of Roman homes. At one finish of the district, the shadows of the Pompeii roam there of their day by day life. On the opposite, they provide option to the shadows of archaeologists.

The imposing cone of Vesuvius sits in the course of the exhibition, as calm as threatening

Between the residing Pompeii of Ier century and the resurrected Pompeii of immediately inevitably comes the time of catastrophe. The imposing cone of Vesuvius sits in the course of the exhibition, as calm as it’s threatening. Each quarter of an hour, in a reconstruction made for the documentary The Final Hours of Pompeii, the volcano wakes up, rumbles and erupts. Lapilli are falling in all places, the museum road trembles, the fiery clouds tumble and the world darkens, turns into silent, darkish in dying.

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It's not all about emotion, theatrical staging and immersed in a digital reconstruction. A lot is made from representations of the well-known Pompeii frescoes, however that's not all. As Massimo Osanna, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park and exhibition curator, explains, "It was additionally important to confront materiality", by way of objects from archaeological excavations. "Sixty objects have been chosen as an instance essential points of Pompeii, to enter into the day by day lifetime of Antiquity, to appreciate the connection that we now have with this civilization, to acknowledge our proximity to this previous", he emphasizes.

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