The ‘Torlonia Collection’ making its first debut in Rome promises to be one of the most important exhibitions of the 2020 exhibition season in Italy and beyond. The Torlonia Marbles will open its doors from March 25, 2020, at the new exhibition site of the Capitoline Museums in Palazzo Caffarelli, and will travel the world. An international event that we could call historical considering that it will be the first act of a process that will lead to the creation in the next few years – or rather to the return to Rome, albeit in another exhibition venue – of the Torlonia Museum. The scientific project for the enhancement of the collection was entrusted to Salvatore Settis, who curates the exhibition with Carlo Gasparri, archaeologists and academics from the Lincei, and with the Electa organization, publisher of the catalog. The sculptures on display are restored thanks to the contribution of Bvlgari, who has always been inspired by Rome. The design project is by David Chipperfield Architects.
At the center of the exhibition is the famous Torlonia Collection, considered by many to be the most famous ancient art collection in the world and consists of busts, reliefs, statues, sarcophagi, and decorative elements. A cross-section of the history of collecting antiquities in Rome from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. A collection that, for various events, even historical, has not been exposed to the public for 70 years. Many attempts to institutionalize the prestigious collection from the post-war period onwards. For security reasons, due to the period of post-war unrest, in fact, at the request of the Ministry, the collection was collected in some protected areas on the ground floor of the same building on Via Della Lungara in Rome. In the following years, various attempts followed to find an agreement that would bring back to life the Museum of ancient sculpture founded in Rome in 1875 by Torlonia.