Immersive exhibition – Archaeological treasures – New discoveries
In the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais … coming soon until 27 September 2020
The digital Pompeii exhibition, designed and organized by GEDEON Programmes and the Réunion des musées nationaux (RMN)–Grand Palais in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, plunges the visitor into the heart of the archaeological site in a never-before-seen immersive experience.
Ever since the discovery of its buried ruins, the city of Pompeii has captured the public imagination. With its rich, centuries-old history, Pompeii was a Mediterranean melting pot that prospered in antiquity under Roman rule, thanks to trade and fertile soil. Art flourished in Pompeii. But the eruption of Vesuvius, which devastated the city and wiped out its population, froze it in time, preserving Pompeii while hiding it from view for hundreds of years. Today, it bears extraordinary witness to the splendors of ancient Rome. Nowhere else has such a rich collection of ancient works of art been discovered.
This innovative exhibition uses an array of large-format image projections and 3D reconstructions to provide a spectacular and impressive showcase of Pompeii.
The exhibition was designed to engage the public at two levels: through emotion and understanding. For that reason, all the audiovisual installations are not only evocative and dramatic but also meaningful and well-documented so as to enhance the visitor experience. Visitors are plunged into the heart of an innovative drama in space and time. As they walk round the exhibition, they simultaneously explore an imaginary part of the city and experience the three key stages in the city’s history: Pompeii alive, Pompeii buried and Pompeii excavated.
The exhibition also immerses us in the fascinating processes involved in the recent archaeological excavations, from the first spadeful of earth to the use of cutting-edge technologies: digging, documenting, discovering, restoring, analyzing and reconstituting.
The way visitors move through the exhibition and interact is also an integral part of their collective experience: not only part of the landscape, they also contribute to it, at times mingling with Roman crowds and at others with tourist groups or archaeology teams. The exhibition is vibrant, absorbing, bustling and constantly evolving at both the virtual and human levels. Visitors are gripped by a succession of emotions as they follow the flow of the exhibition’s indoor and outdoor scenes, filled with both wonder and enlightenment,
Images from the documentary The Last Hours of Pompeii, produced by GEDEON Programmes and directed by Pierre Stine.