20 February - 31 May

Via Appia Revisited. Time Travels Along the Eternal Highway

  • Date 20 February - 31 May
  • Time 10:00 - 17:00
Via Appia Revisited. Time Travels Along the Eternal Highway is a trip through time along the famous highway of antiquity that ran from Rome to Brindisi. The artist and researcher Krien Clevis has turned the 2000-year biography of two miles of Via Appia into an artistic installation in the stately museum corridor on the Allard Pierson's main floor. While the exhibition is on there will in addition be a weekly Via Appia Walk & Talk, a guided tour with lecture about a period taken from the history of the 'eternal highway'.

Via Appia Antica|

The Via Appia was one of the four 'highways' used by the Romans. It ran from the capital Rome to Brindisi in the south-east. Over the years, innumerable archaeologists, historians, architects, artists and photographers have revisited the ancient monuments along the Via Appia. Thanks to their interpretations based on ever-shifting motivations and perspectives, a rich and layered pictorial history of the Via Appia Antica has come down to us.

The road continues in the Allard Pierson

Guest curator and artist Krien Clevis has trod in the footsteps of the image makers of the past. Her research at miles V and VI of the highway has allowed her to reconstruct their viewpoints as her own points of departure for new photographs and film. These, along with the historical representations, form the basis for this Via Appia exhibition in the Allard Pierson, in which a 2000-year biography of 2 miles is artistically interpreted into a 20-metre progress through the museum. Via Appia Revisited is the result of years of photographic field research by Krien Clevis, in collaboration with various archaeologists and data specialists, among them Maurice de Kleijn and Rens de Hond. Her 2D film projections form the basis for 3D environments, developed by a team of 3D designers (Moobels) with the aid of drone photogrammetry. The accompanying floorplan helps to visualise the monuments and viewpoints along this section of the highway. The results of scientific research by Radboud University and the Free University have been used to this end. On view are 3D prints of various monuments and physical viewpoints. Each historical depiction of this ancient road is founded on interpretation and determined by the age in which its creator lived. Modern-day visitors will, by means interactive applications focussing on five monuments, be able to direct their own trip through time in the realisation that they too are standing on time's line - an instant in the continuum.

Walk that way

While the exhibition is on, visitors will be able to join Via Appia Walks & Talks. Expert 'tour guides' will lead you through constantly changing layers of the historical landscape seen from the viewpoint of the people of the day. During the opening event, Caroline Nevejan will conduct the first Via Appia Walk.
  • Date 20 February - 31 May
  • Time 10:00 - 17:00