Monday, 26 September 2016

'Triumphs and Laments'

Before heading out this morning we prepare Pollo alla Romano for dinner tonight with ingredients bought at the Mercato.

Then it is off to the Macro Museum for the William Kentridge exhibition. The museum is housed in an old Peroni beer factory and features exhibitions by local and international artists.

William Kentridge is a South African artist whose work, Triumphs and Laments, was sponsored by Tevereterno, an organisation working to revitalise Rome's riverfront.

The 500 metre long exhibition along the river walls is the largest art work created in Rome since Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
The figures depict  the city's history and include Cicero, St Peter, the She-Wolf and the famous Trevi Fountain scene from La Dolce Vita as well as the death of Paolo Pasolini, the film director.

The exhibition has the original sketches and stencils used to create the art work

The story is bought right up to date with the depiction of three nameless widows of drowned

The museum also has a very funky cafe and a colour changing sink in the loo!

Our lunch spot today is Osteria dell'Arco, recommended to us last year by Gina. We play our very small part in sending relief to the victims of the recent earthquake in Central Italy by ordering the amatriciana - some of the cost of the dish goes to the Italian Red Cross.

We return to the apartment before heading out once more to Ponte Sisto to see the actual Triumph & Laments. The art work was created by using the giant stencils seen earlier and power washers to remove layers of smog. This technique is known as 'reverse graffiti' and it means the art work will last until the grime builds up again.

Time for a snack, and, handily, Supplizio is not far away. We sample the cacio e peppe suppli and then move onto Goccetti for a glass of wine.

This lovely enoteca is situated in a palazzo built in 1527
We cross the river to pick up the bus to our apartment.....

.......and enjoy our dinner prepared earlier.

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