Archaeological Museum of Reggio hosts a new exhibition dedicated to Dionysus

Dioniso. L’ebbrezza di essere un Dio” (Dionysus. The thrill of being a God), is the title of the amazing exhibit to be inaugurated Thursday, November 9th at 5pm, at the National Archaeological Museum in Reggio Calabria.

Classic mythology returns as the protagonist at the MArRC, where attention is focused around a figure of great appeal: Dionysus, grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and and myth.

The rich exhibition, curated by museum Director, Carmelo Malacrino and Dr. Federica Giacobello, will lead the visitor in discovering one of the most fascinating deities in the Greek world, illustrating the main aspects of myth, religious rituals and celebrations in honor of God. “Over eighty extraordinary finds carefully selected to illustrate the various themes of the exhibition – the Museum Director explains – unite for the first time collections of the Museum and the remarkable pottery and magnogreche ceramics from the Intesa Sanpaolo collections, with the addition of other testimonies from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Some finds – continues Malacrino – are being presented to the public on this occasion.”

The exhibition was created through the collaboration of MArRC and Intesa Sanpaolo, thanks to the sensibility of Dr. Michele Coppola, Head of the Cultural Activities Service, and is part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s largest exhibition project “Il Tempo dell’Antico” (the ancient times). A partnership already matured within the Restitution project which, with the last three editions, has supported restoration work on important exhibits within the Museum. Among these is the restoration of the beautiful Baselic Bust, whose restoration process is on display currently in a dedicated space in the Piazza Paolo Orsi, within the MArRC.

Exhibited will be 17 important works of the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, made up of more than 500 vessels found in the burials of Ruvo di Puglia, produced between the 6th and 3rd centuries, BC in the workshops of Apulia and Lucania or imported from Athens. Another four extraordinary finds come from the MANN collections, made available with the generous collaboration of Director, Paolo Giulierini, with the support of Valeria Sampaolo, curator of the collections of the Museum of the Parthenopean City.

“I would like to emphasize,” Malacrino remarks, “this exhibition is the fruit of the zealous work of all museum staff, with an entirely internal organization that has managed the loans, design and layout (of the pieces). The exhibition catalog will be included in our collection of scientific editions, whose revenue will be used to finance other cultural initiatives.”  Marble, pottery, crockery, bone, bronze and silver objects will be part of the unique exhibition Dionysus. The thrill of being a god, You will be able to admire this amazing selection of finds until March 25th.

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