14 Dec-7 April. The Crypta Balbi and Palazzo Massimo host an immersive exhibition with lights, mirrors and video mapping dedicated to the long-established practice of selling excavations and reproductions as souvenirs.
The show takes as its starting point the brisk trade done by Giovanni Trevisan, known as Volpato, who sold biscuit engravings, porcelain figurines and archaeological artefacts as souvenirs to Grand Tourists visiting Rome in the 18th century.
Crypta Balbi, Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31, tel. 066977671. Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo, Via S. Apollinare 8, tel. 06684851.
For exhibition details see website.
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Il classico si fa pop: Rome's art souvenirs from the Grand Tour era
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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