Since 1985 over 40,000 fragments originating from the forum area have been catalogued and documented from deposits created after excavations carried out in the 20th century. A seemingly huge quantity of finds but in reality they represent a small percentage of what was the enormous quantity of marble facing and super-structure blocks which made up the Antiquarium Forense (Forum District).
Dedicated to the forums’ architectural decoration, the museum addresses their structural aspects to once again give us a ‘final’ view of the original buildings. To complete their reassembly the use of artificial elements made from plaster has been used. The use of such elements was agreed upon in the planning phase. Exhibits are completed with ‘colour’ which is not only applied on the plaster mouldings but also on modern marble surfaces through the use of dyes.
The five monumental complexes named the “Imperial Forums” were constructed in topographic continuity with the old Roman Forums of the imperial-republican era. The new structures substituted the religious, political and administrative functions of the former.
In chronological order of inauguration the forums built were: the Forum of Caesar (46 BC), the Forum of Augustus (2 BC), The Temple of
Inaugurated in the 2 BC, the Forum of Augustus consists of a rectangular square paved with white marble slabs, dominated, at its lower end, by the temple dedicated to Mars Ultor, also built in white marble from the quarry in Luni today known as Carrara. The temple was built against a high wall built of blocks of tufa stone that separated the forum from the rowdy Subura neighborhood.
“Lapidarium” is a contemporary monumental sculpture exhibition taking place in the suggestive archeological area of Rome, conceived by the Mexican Artist Gustavo Aceves. The itinerary starting from the “Arco di Costantino” passing by “piazza del Colosseo”to end up at Mercati di Traiano.
Ogni prima domenica del mese (che prevede l'ingresso gratuito per tutti i residenti a Roma e nell'area della Città Metropolitana), si svolgeranno itinerari guidati con attività e laboratori di storytelling. Seguiranno ulteriori appuntamenti di confronto e narrazione con i partecipanti presso il museo e le sedi degli enti coinvolti. Il progetto è realizzato in collaborazione con il Servizio Civile Nazionale.
Ai Mercati di Traiano visite guidate, itinerari con percorsi tattili, storytelling e laboratori per la scuola primaria tutti gratuiti a cura del Servizio Civile e Collaboratori della mostra MADE in Roma