From 25 March to 3 April 2022 the National Roman Museum hosts the work La Commedia Umana by Ai Weiwei at the Baths of Diocletian, one of the greatest contemporary artists who expresses his principles in the most diverse art forms, from sculpture to photography. from architecture to installations, up to the publication of his biography and the theatrical direction of the “Turandot”, staged at the Opera House from 25 March in conjunction with the exhibition event.
Composed of over two thousand pieces of hand-blown glass cast by the master glassmakers of Berengo Studio in Murano, La Commedia Umana is a huge chandelier with colossal dimensions (over 6 meters wide by about 9 high) that with its four tons of weight will drop from the ceiling of one of the halls of the ancient Baths: one of the largest sculptures ever created in Murano glass housed in the largest spa complex of all antiquity.The exhibition is produced and organized by the National Roman Museum and Berengo Studio with the Berengo Foundation, and sees the collaboration of the Galleria Continua.
The installation inside the Baths of Diocletian, one of the prestigious locations of the Roman National Museum, will be open to the public from 25 March to 3 April 2002.The result of three years of work, the work is a tortuous monument, a cascade of bones, skulls and organs of black glass: a manifesto which, as the artist states, "attempts to talk about death to celebrate life". In fact, it reproduces through glass the contents of a body when freed from the skin, when it is laid bare and the bowels exposed to sight.Through his work Weiwei, whose artistic conception and political activity are inseparable, sends a clear message about transience and at the same time a warning to think about the future and to do all he can to ensure that something more remains beyond the bones.