Until 5 May at the Museo Ebraico di Roma and at the Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco with an exhibition dedicated to one of the major characters of the international art market between the 19th and 20th century.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth in Prague in 1868 and 80 years after the promulgation of the racial laws in Italy, two museums pay tribute to Ludwig Pollak, a great antiquity expert, known for important archaeological discoveries, including the discovery of the original arm of the Laocoonte for whom, as the first non-converted Jew, he has received the Croce di Commendatore from Pope Pius X. He has been credited with many identifications and honorings, as well as the creation of the first scientific catalogs of ancient Greek goldsmiths and Renaissance bronzes.
The over one hundred works shown, including paintings and ancient sculptures, watercolors, rare books, vintage photographs and unpublished archival documents, retrace the many stories that accompanied the life of the great collector, unfortunately sadly isolated for his Jewish origin for thirty years during the 20th century until the tragic ending of his life in the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was deported with his wife and two sons, victims of the roundups in Rome on October 16, 1943.
The exhibition is curated by Orietta Rossini and Olga Melasecchi, promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali Comunità Ebraica di Roma.
MUSEO EBRAICO DI ROMA. Largo 16 Ottobre 1943 – ingresso da via Catalana. Information: Tel. 0668400661. www.museoebraico.roma.it Opening hours: February-March from Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (entrance allowed until 4.15 p.m.); Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (entrance allowed until 1.15 p.m.).
MUSEO DI SCULTURA ANTICA GIOVANNI BARRACCO. Information: Tel. 060608. wwwmuseobarracco.it Opening hours: from Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (entrance allowed until 3.30 p.m.). Admission: full ticket €11, reduced €8. With the ticket to the Museo Barracco is included a reduction of the price of the ticket to the Museo Ebraico from €11 to €8 provided one can show the ticket at the ticket booth.