Studio Orta - Fabulae Romanae

Fabulae Romanae

22 mars 2012 - 23 septembre 2012
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Installation

Fabulae Romanae curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, is an ambitious sculpture and video installation specifically created by Lucy + Jorge Orta for MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts and that will form part the Museum’s new display Tridimensionale.

Fabulae Romanae is symbolic excursus that traces the artists’ key themes: starting with Refuge Wear, “a nomadic form of shelter, a small portable habitat, which combines in a single conceptual solution the physical, social, and symbolic functions of architecture and clothing”, as described by Maria Luisa Frisa.

The new Dome Dwelling sculptures in the exhibition are framed by Fabulae Romanae - Spirits, an immense large screen video performance that was recently filmed in Rome. The mysterious Spirits, who interact with the city’s architecture, embody the ethereal sentinels entrusted with the task of restoring the vital breath of the city. The scenarios these metaphorical characters enact are beautifully articulated through a series of spoken verses composed for the film by the poet Mario Petrucci.

Fabulae Romanae is commissioned by Ermenegildo Zegna and is the first Special Project of the initiative ZegnArt, a multi-faceted and multi-year project dedicated to the field of contemporary visual arts. To close the exhibition Zegna will donate a sculpture to the MAXXI’s permanent collection.

Fabulae Romanae has the support of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and has been made possible with the assistance of alumni from the College: Chloé Gayet, Mio Jin, Lara Torres, Oliver Ruuger and Sum Yu Li.