March 7, 2010.
The age of these works of art, isn’t the reason they’re deteriorated. Even though they go back a couple centuries, until a year ago, they were still intact. But on April 6th 2009, the ground shook in the Italian city of L’Aquila.
This exhibition doesn’t aim to show the artistic value of the paintings or sculptures rather it’s a metaphor for the damaging consequences of the earthquake. Cristina Mazzantini
Exhibition L’Aquila, The art of the churches of the historic center at Montecitorio“We want everyone, people from inside and outside of Italy to come see, touch and feel the damage of the tragedy in L’Aquila so they can help the victims in Abruzzo, it would be such a grand gesture if they could help make L’Aquila more beautiful than what it was before.”
These 21 works of art, used to belong to churches in the center of L’Aquila but now the Chamber of in Rome has collected them. Cristiana Mazzantini
Exhibition L’Aquila, The art of the churches of the historic center at Montecitorio“We hope someone adopts these works of art, which are a common heritage of humanity. Hopefully through this exhibition, we can raise money so these works of art can continue to shine.”
The iron structures that hold up the paintings transports visitors to a rebuilding site, since today, rubble still fills the streets and the rebuilding efforts are far from over.
That’s why in a way, the exhibition touches the hearts of those who have already witness the damage first hand.
Visitor“I wanted to come because I have family members who were affected by the earthquake and because I lived there for two years. It’s very frustrating. And while these works of art aren’t very well known around the world, it’s so unreal to see how they were left after the quake.”
Small pieces of the horror that was lived nearly one year ago. Pieces that are now serving as the blocks to rebuild the city of L’Aquila.