Mostra Etruschi Bologna

BOLOGNA | Museo Civico Archeologico
07.12.19 - 24.05.20

The Exhibition

Just 20 years since the great exhibitions in Bologna and Venice, the Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna presents “Etruscans. Journey Through the Lands of the Rasna”, an ambitious exhibition project devoted to Etruscan civilization. It will present some 1400 objects from 60 Italian and international museums and institutions in dialogue with the very rich Etruscan collection of the Bologna museum itself.

The exhibition, running from 7 December 2019 to 24 May 2020, will lead visitors on a journey through the lands of the Etruscans and reveal that there was never a single Etruria, but multiple regions that created forms of settlement, urbanization, administration and economic models that differed in space and time, but all united by a single Etruscan culture.

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The first part of the itinerary offers a moment of preparation for the journey: the simple forms of the biconical vases of the dawn of Etruscan history will start the story, which will be joined by the tombs with the first signs of social differentiation and the first imports from the Mediterranean basin, reflecting the creation of a solid network of exchanges.

IN THE PHOTO: Embossed biconical vase from tomb 74 of Monte Vetrano (second half of the 8th century BC). Provenance: Pontecagnano, Museo Archeologico Nazionale Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per le province di Salerno e Avellino (SABAP-SA)

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The exhibition continues by introducing the time of the aristocracies: powerful, wealthy and warlike.
We will then witness the birth of the cities, exemplified by the temples and their architectural ornaments, contemplating the flourishing of a funerary ideology that looked to the Greek world and used objects of extraordinary beauty, such as those from the tomb of the hydriae of Meidias.

IN THE PHOTO: Grave goods from the tomb of the hydriae of Meidias (first half of the 5th century BC) - Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Polo Museale della Toscana

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We will see the rise of outlying areas on the periphery of the Etruscan heartland in Italy growing to new greatness and then witness the slow and inevitable decline of a people in competition with Celts, Samnites and Romans.

IN THE PHOTO: Perugia, Elce, tomb 1 being excavated (2nd-1st century BC)

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The last and most substantial part of the exhibition fulfils the visitors’ urge to set off on a journey through the ever-changing landscapes that frame the foundation of the principal Etruscan settlements.
The stages of this journey will be:

Southern Etruria

Tarquinia, Veii, Cerveteri, Pyrgi and Vulci: featuring the cities and presenting new archaeological discoveries, such as the tomb of the priestess of Tarquinia, the votive materials from the sanctuary-emporium of Pyrgi and the tomb of the golden scarab from Vulci.

IN THE SLIDER: Scarab with frame, steatite and gold (early 7th century BC). Provenance: Vulci, Poggio Mengarelli necropolis, tomb of the “Golden Scarab” - Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l'area metropolitana di Roma, la provincia di Viterbo e l’Etruria meridionale

Campanian Etruria

Among the settlements examined in this region, where peoples met and cultures mingled, together with Pontecagnano, Capua and Nola, there is also Pompeii with its colorful temple decorations, which displays its pre-Roman origins in the exhibition.

IN THE PHOTO: Polychrome antefix with a face of a gorgon (late 6th century BC) - Provenance: Capua, Fondo Patturelli - Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

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Inland Etruria

This is the region traversed by the Tiber, with Orvieto, Perugia, Chiusi and Cortona. And it is from the city of Volsinii, as the Etruscans called Orvieto, that one of the most important archaeological discoveries of recent years is on display: the fanum Voltumnae, the federal sanctuary of all the Etruscans mentioned in literary sources, is now also an archaeological reality.

NELLA FOTO: Male head of a deity (430-420 BC) - Provenance: Orvieto, tempio di Via San Leonardo - Museo Archeologico Nazionale Polo Museale dell'Umbria.

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Northern Etruria

From Populonia come some of the exhibition’s most interesting new revelations, such as the important bisoma burial of two children in a pithos, dating from the 9th century BC, or the hoard of weapons found on the beach of Baratti (5th-4th century BC), while the settlements stretching from the Tyrrhenian coast to the Apennine ridge are revealed through important stone monuments such as the stela of Avile Tite.

IN THE PHOTO: Stela of Avile Tite (inscription) (560-550 BC). Provenance: Volterra, Museo Etrusco Guarnacci Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per per le province di Pisa e Livorno

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Padanian Etruria

A broad region that extends from Verucchio in the Apennines, the land of the lords of amber, and the “new city” of Marzabotto to the Adriatic Sea (Spina and Adria) and the settlements on the western plain (Western Emilia and Mantua), passing through Felsina, Etruscan Bologna, which ancient sources called Princeps Etruriae to stress its importance and ancient birth. It is from Bologna that the exceptional finds from tomb 142 in the necropolis of Via Belle Arti come, with a set of wooden furnishings whose preservation is a new discovery and an exceptional rarity for Bolognese archaeology

IN THE PHOTO: Photo of the excavation of tomb 142, Necropolis of Via Belle Arti Bologna (7th century BC). Provenance: Bologna, Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Metropolitan City of Bologna and the Provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara (SABAP-BO) Photo R. Macrì

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Etruscans. Journey Through the Lands of the Rasna is an exhibition promoted and designed by Istituzione Bologna Musei | Museo Civico Archeologico, in conjunction with the course in Etruscology and Italic Antiquities of the Università degli Studi di Bologna, produced by Electa.

The scientific project is curated by Laura Bentini, Anna Dore, Paola Giovetti, Federica Guidi, Marinella Marchesi, Laura Minarini (Istituzione Bologna Musei, Museo Civico Archeologico) and Elisabetta Govi, Giuseppe Sassatelli (course in Etruscology and Italic Antiquities of the Università degli Studi of Bologna).

The exhibition design is by PANSTUDIO.

The exhibition catalogue is edited by Electa

Mostra Etruschi Bologna

Museo Civico Archeologico, Bologna


Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2, 40124 Bologna
From December 07th 2019 to May 24th 2020
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Mostra Etruschi Bologna.
Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2 - 40124 Bologna.
Dal 07/12/2019 al 24/05/2020.