May 8, 2010.
On April 6th of last year, a devastating earthquake struck the Abruzzo region east of Rome. More than 28,000 people were displaced and 281 died. The streets were covered in debris and churches destroyed. But among the rubble, several works of art were saved. Now they are on display at the Castel Sant’Angelo National Museum.
President of the Province of Rome
“I believe the exhibition is important because now is the time to rebuild L’Aquila, to rebuild Abruzzo. For this reason it’s very important to push pressure on people to go, to show people how L’Aquila, Abruzzo, is nice.”
And visitors seemed to like what they saw.
The exhibit is called The S.O.S Art from Abruzzo An exhibit not to forget. It’s a collection of 200 recovered items. Among them paintings, sculptures, body armour, jewelry and crucifixes.
Less than five months after the earthquake struck, the initiative of finding and renovating artwork for this exhibit began.
Artwork with broken pieces and chipped paint reflect the damage suffered by L’Aquila. But other pieces look untouched. Some art was found intact, a remarkable state considering the earthquake’s magnitude was 6.3.
“Some of these churches now are destroyed by last year’s earthquake. But fortunately some pieces are here in good condition so we can show excellence in Abruzzo about sculpture, ceramics and jewelry.”
The exhibit aims to keep the memory of the earthquake alive and to remember the commitment to rebuild the old town of L’Aquila.