Contemporary art for the temple of olympian Zeus

The Foundation was involved in the organisation of the Exhibition “Arte Contemporanea per il Tempio di Zeus” held in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily.
This project was launched by UNESCO Italia, Cigno GG Edizioni and MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome) together with Christies, the Parco della Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, the Italian Ministry for Art and Culture and the local authority Regione Sicilia. Several works of contemporary art by famous artists were shown during the exhibition, which opened on the 12th March 2010, and subsequently auctioned by Christie’s in Milan’s Palazzo Clerici in May.

The aim of the project was to raise funds for the purpose of recovering the fragments of one of the most impressive sculptures in limestone that formed the magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus which stands in the Valley of the Temples. An archaeological investigation, performed by the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, lead to the discovery and classification of several fragments belonging to one of the Telamons, which could be reconstructed and restored to their original position in the Temple.

The Foundation subsidised this important project which aims to enhance an artistic, historical and cultural heritage of great value belonging to the Mediterranean. A similar project to raise funds for the restoration of limestone sculptures was accomplished in Rome’s Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro in June 2009.