The Mediterranean, the meeting point of the oldest Civilizations, in an international exhibition that brings hundreds of artifacts and tools from the Neolithic Age to Late Antiquity in Sardinia.
A dialogue with many voices awaits its spectators in Cagliari, from February 14 to June 16, 2019, in two beautiful locations – the National Archaeological Museum and Palazzo di Città.
A story with the different cultures that have populated a strategic basin for the birth and evolution of our civilization as its protagonists, a journey into knowledge marked by the chromatic stages of a compelling setting.
A long and spectacular history that brings back to the origins of mankind through the ages, with over 500 archaeological works coming from the biggest international museums and related to the fascinating heritage collections of the Sardinian Museums Complex.
Two events in this last three years have enveloped Sardinia with its own light, in a cultural context of great tourist interest. With the 2015 exhibition “Eurasia – up to the threshold of history”, Cagliari has started an important relationship with The State Hermitage Museum – whose masterpieces have crossed with those of Sardinia and other Italian regions – opening the way to a reasoning on the development of civilizations in prehistoric times in the Eurasian context, glimpsing links and intracultural connections and giving back to Sardinia an absolutely central role in the crossings of civilization. So, with the 2017 convention “The Civilizations and the Mediterranean – great museums in comparison” promoted by the Tourism Department of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the foundations of a wider international reflection on the topic were laid, involving scholars and exponents of prestigious museums, which have been strategic in the reconnaissance of Mediterranean civilizations in prehistoric times and in the redefinition of the role of the island and its cultures in this context.
With this perspective and thanks to the studies carried out so far, the project was born of the great exhibition event “The Civilizations and the Mediterranean” that involved important international museums, highlighting connections and differences, in order to give an image of Sardinia founding and attractive.
A sort of a miniature continent for territorial and climatic diversification, like other large islands, Sardinia has developed specific forms of extraordinary and communicating civilizations, which in this exhibition compare themselves with the other contextual Mediterranean civilizations and reconnect the threads of ancient dialogues.
This region, which has always been considered isolated and far from the most fruitful contacts, is instead a point of material and cultural exchange that is central to the system of geopolitical relations.
A complex of over 550 exhibits is therefore the focus of the exhibition project “The Civilizations and the Mediterranean”, edited by Yuri Piotrovsky of The State Hermitage Museum, Manfred Nawroth of the Pre and Early History-National of Berlin, with the scientific revision of Carlo Lugliè, from the University of Cagliari.
The core of the exhibition is dedicated to Sardinian prehistoric archeology – about 120 works, representative of the evolution of cultures from the Neolithic to the middle of the first millennium BC – while the other exhibits are called to represent different cultures and areas of the Mediterranean and the Caucasus from the same period of time and come from large archaeological museums for either geographical or collection reasons : the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Bardo Museum of Tunis, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Berlin and of course The State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, to document how the Mediterranean basin was not a closed yet a contaminating and continually evolving place.
An exhibition corpus of great significance and charm; a unique and fundamental international cultural event for the enhancement of the history, culture and art of Sardinia, organized by Villaggio Globale International with a contemporary, scenographic and visionary setting designed by Angelo Figus.
A journey through time, space, and the history of the civilizations that are interwoven in that Mare Nostrum that appears to be the primordial matrix, a permeable place of cultures, arts and knowledge.
Ticketing reciprocity between the two exhibition venues: by exhibiting the entrance ticket to the exhibition purchased at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, vistors will be entitled to reduced admission to the seat of Palazzo di Città, and vice versa.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari
Piazza Arsenale, 1
T. 070 655 911
February 14 – June 16, 2019
Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM – 8 PM
Ticket office closing at 7.30 PM
Musei Civici di Cagliari – Palazzo di Città
Piazza Palazzo, 6
T. 070 677 6482
February 14 – June 16, 2019
Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the largest museums in Greece, and the main museum of Northern Greece.
Its rooms are home to artifacts from the prehistoric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, largely from the city of Thessaloniki, but also from other parts of the region of Macedonia.
His collections include not only finds from excavations conducted since 1912 by the Greek Antiquities Service throughout Macedonia, but also objects formerly part of private collections and subsequently donated to the Museum.
The current headquarter, a building designed by architect Patroklos Karantinos since 1962, is a historical monument of cultural heritage as one of the most representative examples of architectural modernism in Greece.
The Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Pre and Early History) hosts one of the largest international collections of archaeological and prehistoric artefacts from the Old World.
Its treasures and collections, which are exhibited in the Neues Museum at the Berlin Museumsinsel, trace the development of prehistoric and protohistoric cultures from the Paleolithic period to the early Middle Ages.
Among the most famous collections are the famous Neanderthal skull by Le Moustier, the Troyan antiquities collection by Heinrich Schliemann and the “Berlin Gold Hat”; other recent discoveries from the Berlin excavations include objects representing modern and contemporary history. Levels 1 and 2 of the Neues Museum contain the Nordic “Vaterländischer Saal” with its historical murals, the Cyprus collections, archeology from Roman and “free” German provinces, as well as the gallery covering the Migration Period up to the High Middle Ages. Level 3 takes visitors even further back in time to prehistory and ancient history in the newly designed permanent exhibition “Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age”
The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is among the oldest and most important in the world for the richness and uniqueness of its heritage and for its contribution to the European cultural scene. The origin and formation of the collections are linked to the figure of Charles III of Bourbon, on the throne of the Kingdom of Naples since 1734, and its cultural policy: the king promoted the exploration of the Vesuvian cities buried by the eruption of 79 AD (beginning in 1738 in Herculaneum, and in 1748 in Pompeii) and took care of the construction of a Farnese Museum in the city, transferring from the residences of Rome and Parma part of the rich collection inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese.
His son Ferdinand IV was responsible for the unfication of the two nuclei of the Farnese Collection and of the collection of the Vesuvius exhibits – already exhibited in the Ercolanese Musuem into the Palace of Portici – in the current building, built at the end of 1500 with the purpose of hosting a horse riding school and home of Naples University from 1616 until 1777.
The collections of the Museum, which became National in 1860, have been enriched with the acquisition of finds from excavations in the sites of Campania and Southern Italy and private collections. The transfer of the Pinacoteca to Capodimonte in 1957 determined the current appearance of the Archaeological Museum.
The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. The second largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great bought an impressive collection of paintings by the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its foundation every year on December 7, the day of Saint Catherine.
Open to the public since 1852, its collections, of which only a small part is permanently exhibited, comprise over three million objects (the numismatic collection representing about a third of the total), including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along the Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian emperors.
The Bardo National Museum, located in the western outskirts of Tunis, houses the richest collection of Roman mosaics in the world, all in perfect condition.
Opened in 1888, it is the most important Tunisian museum and the oldest one in the Arab world and Africa.
Housed in the sumptuous 19th century bey residence, surrounded by a large garden, it is characterized by a particular natural brightness that enhances the exhibits. The palace, enlarged in 1899 with the addition of the Little Palace, where the collections of Islamic art are housed, is a historical monument since September 1985.
The National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari, perched in the medieval quarter of Castello, is part of the museum complex of the Cittadella dei Musei, built between 1956 and 1979 with the recovery of the ancient walls on a project by the architects Cecchini and Gazzola. It represents the most important and prestigious exhibition site of antiquities in Sardinia and with its more than 4000 objects tells a story almost 7,000 years long from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages.
The Museum, located in the historic center of Nuoro and on the slopes of the granite Mount Ortobene, in the heart of Barbagia, is an important cultural reference for the surrounding area. The rich collection of archaeological and paleontological finds from the entire province tells the story of the territories of Barbagia and Ogliastra, from their origins to the Middle Ages.
With its collections, the Sanna Museum represents a cultural, archaeological and anthropological point of reference in northern Sardinia and is named after the homonymous entrepreneur and politician from Sassari, to whom one owes part of the exposed archaeological collection. The museum collection, with objects ranging from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Middle Ages and the Modern Age, has been enriched over the years with an important ethnographic section that includes fabrics, woods, ceramics and traditional clothes donated by Gavino Clemente, Zeri Bertolio and other individuals.