Forgotten… (THE EXHIBITION): 5 Portuguese artists at Rome’s Contemporary Art Museum


15/04/2016

Opened yesterday to the public in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome – MACRO – the first exhibition of “Forgotten” project. Forgotten… (The EXHIBITION) will be at the pavilion 9A of MACRO Testaccio, from 14th April to 15th May 2016, curated by Alessandra Arpino, sponsored by the Embassy of Portugal, the Cultural Department of the City of Rome, the House of Architecture of Rome and Instituto Camões.
The inauguration of the exhibition took place on April 13 and counted with the presence of the artists Frederico Draw, Bordalo II, Miguel Januário and Daniel Eime.
The exhibition originates from the urban project “Forgotten”, created more than a year ago by Alessandra Arpino and Hugo Dias, which aims to put in the spotlight some buildings in Rome that, for reasons related to time, different habits or the growth of the city, lost their original function and now share an uncertain future: they risk to be”Forgotten”, despite their central location.
To approach different kinds of building at risk, Forgotten invited five of the biggest urban artists from the Portuguese contemporary art scene, bringing a breath of fresh air in the Roman scene, as none of them had ever worked in Rome before. Bringing street art to the city centre rather than to the outskirts, Forgotten pursued an opposing trend to the general orientation of Rome’s municipality that, on the other hand, is similar to what is happening in Lisbon.
In the latest months, former factories, shut down cinemas, small train stations, abandoned buildings and local markets became the target of art interventions. These art interventions will now be presented through the photography of Paolo Darra.
The former Mira Lanza factory, the ex-cinema Sala Troisi, the Saint Peter’s railway station, the ex-SIAR area and Guido Reni Market have been colour-washed by Frederico Draw, Miguel Januário (±MaisMenos±), Bordalo II, Add Fuel and Daniel Eime while the video-maker Leonardo Meuti was filming the interventions.
The project was realized with the collaboration of both private and public institutions, such as the I, II and XI municipalities, the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, the Theatre of Rome, the National Railways and the Casa del Cinema.

The exhibition is set up following the dual soul of the project: not only the urban project, which accompanies the architectural and social side of the experience, but also the artworks. It´s divid in six areas:
FORGOTTEN… BUILDINGS
FORGOTTEN… WORDS
FORGOTTEN… FACES
FORGOTTEN… NATURE
FORGOTTEN… TRADITIONS
FORGOTTEN… PEOPLE

Artists in exhibition:
ADD FUEL
FREDERICO DRAW
BORDALO II
MIGUEL JANUÁRIO (±MAISMENOS±)
DANIEL EIME

Photographic Documentation:
PAOLO DARRA

Video Documentation:
LEONARDO MEUTI

Technical collaboration: Tap Portugal

Information to the Public
MACRO Testaccio
Piazza O. Giustiniani 4, Roma
Tuesday to Sunday 14h00-20h00 (the ticket office closes 30 minutes before)

Tickets MACRO Testaccio
Non-residents – Residents  €6.00 – €5.00
discount ticket: Non-residents – Residents €5.00 -€4.00

Tickets via Nizza set MACRO + MACRO Testaccio
Non-residents – Residents €13.50 – €12.50
discount ticket: Non-residents – Residents €12.50 – €11.50

More information  www.museomacro.org