Columna mutãtio – THE SPIRAL

29/11/2017 - 18/11/2018
Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperiali

Luminița Țăranu
“Columna mutãtio – THE SPIRAL”
A monumental installation of contemporary art inspired by the Trajan's Column interprets the "mutation" of meaning wanted by history.

The message that the artist, Romanian by birth and Italian by adoption, intends to transmit, is the "mutation" of meaning that takes place in the turning of history: born to celebrate the conquest of Dacia by the Romans, the Trajan's Column became with time the symbol of the inseparable historical link between Italy and Romania; if in the past it evoked the two wars brought by the Emperor against Decebalus, the King of the Dacians, today the Roman masterpiece is also a visual testimony of the origin of the Rumanian people.

Completely made of aluminium, consisting of a 90 cm wide strip (about 3 Roman feet) and 34.05 m long, the installation is spread over a length of about 12.50 m, with a diameter of 1.40 m, maintaining a proportional ratio with the Trajan's Column of 1 to 3. It is entirely painted with a particular graphic-pictorial technique that the artist has been developing for years, starting from the silk-screen printing by hand, which makes the work unique. The inside shows a tribute to the Dacians, through symbols of pre-Dacian culture and spirituality, some linked to the theme of death. The contrast between the white of the writings close to the Roman lapidary character and the black of the symbolic drawings evokes the sense of drama, but in a contained and reflexive way, with traces of joy, typical feeling of the Dacians before facing sacrifice.

The external side instead has an intense colour impact that evokes the force of life in a "colour world". Through more than 50 drawings, the artist has interpreted some marble representations. The symbols, the icons and the scriptures are the instruments of her personal evocation, to build a new story that does not contradict or reproduce but supports the original work from a free and imaginative perspective.

Warning: The images can only be used to accompany articles or reports of the exhibition Columna mutãtio – THE SPIRAL scheduled for the Mercati di Traiano from November 29th, 2017 to September 16 th, 2018. Each image MUST be followed by a caption and MUST NOT be cut and / or overwritten and / or have a superimposed text and / or tampered. Images can be used on the web only in low definition (72 dpi)


Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperiali
Opening hours

November 29, 2017 – November 18, 2018
everyday 9.30-19.30
Last admission 1 hour before closing time

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Every first Sunday of the month free admission for residents in Rome and in the metropolitan city area. 

Ticket for the museum and the exhibitions ("Trajan. Building the Empire, creating Europe", 29.11.2017-18.11.2018, "Columna mutãtio - THE SPIRAL", 29.11.2017-18.11.2018 and "I Confini dell’Impero Romano. Il Limes Danubiano. Da Traiano a Marco Aurelio", 6.7-18.11.2018 ):
Adults € 15,00
Concessions € 13,00
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
Adults € 13,00
Concessions € 11,00

Reduced admission for employees Bulgari SpA and a companion

Please note: According to the Municipal by-law, due to the exceptionality of the exhibition, people usually entitled to free admission must purchase a € 2,00 concessionary ticket.
However, free admission is granted to children under 6 years, groups of elementary and (lower) middle schools, to visitors with disabilities and a family member or a carer who can prove that they belong to social and health care services.  

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Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali con il patrocinio  dell’Ambasciata di Romania in Italia, dell’Ambasciata di Romania presso la Santa Sede, dell’IRCRU di Venezia e con il sostegno dell’Accademia di Romania in Roma

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With the technical support of
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

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CO.RE.MA. Restauri 2000 S.r.l. di Roma
PAULIN Spa di Seren del Grappa (BL)

SPONSOR TECNICI MOSTRA                             
Arch. Pietro Bagli Pennacchiotti - progetto struttura e allestimento Fotografo per l’Arte – fotografie  installazione
VANZOLINI S.r.l. di Roma - realizzazione struttura, trasporto e montaggio
GRAFCO S.r.l. Inks and Chemical specialties - Serigrafia di Treviso - inchiostri e materiali serigrafici, consulenza tecnica
SERITALIA Live S.r.l. di Ciampino - telai serigrafici e incisione
“Premio COMEL Vanna Migliorin per l’Arte Contemporanea” di Latina - nastro di alluminio
ART FORUM WÜRTH CAPENA – DPI, prodotti per imballaggi

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