Yadegar Asisi

ROME 312

Experience the Eternal City

ROME 312 shows a breathtaking panorama of the glorious capital of the Roman Empire as it looked in 312 AD and makes the ancient metropolis walkable in a hyper-realistic exhibition space. Experience the triumphant entry of Emperor Constantine into the city of millions on the Tiber at a turning point in human history.

In Asisi's Panorama of Late Antiquity, your gaze sweeps far beyond the metropolis as if you were standing on Capitol Hill in Rome: you see a pulsating metropolis with architectural marvels whose ruins still shape the image of modern Rome, but in the panorama are seamlessly embedded in the city's vibrant everyday life.

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With ROME 312, Yadegar Asisi takes up an important turning point in the history of mankind: Legend has it that on the eve of his battle against Maxentius in 312, Constantine saw a vision of a cross that heralded his imminent victory. This event was a catalyst for the spread of Christianity, which eventually became the state religion in 380 AD.

Making Of

Over the past 20 years, Yadegar Asisi has created numerous panoramas, but his gigantic circular image of ancient Rome occupies a special place in his oeuvre: it is Asisi's first panorama, a project that, among other things, led him to make this extraordinary medium his preferred form of expression.

The work was inspired by a historical panorama by Joseph Bühlmann and Alexander von Wagner, which was exhibited in Munich at the end of the 19th century. What began as a digital reconstruction of the Bühlmann-Wagner work for the Bonn exhibition "Sehsucht" in 1993 became a constant in his work and a continuous examination of human society in its reinterpretation as a giant circular image in the Panometer Leipzig and other panorama locations.

Past exhibition locations of ROME 312

2005 – 2009

2011 – 2012

2014 – 2018

2014/2015, 2018/2019 in Rouen (F)

Panorama music and soundscape by Eric Babak

From the pilot project EVEREST onwards, Yadegar Asisi is collaborating with the well-known composer and pianist Eric Babak. In close collaboration between the two artists, the impressive soundscape of the panoramas is harmonized directly in the exhibition space with the lighting patterns to create an atmospheric overall installation. Depending on the project, the productions use, among other things, large orchestras and choirs, but also minimalist synthesizer sounds in combination with everyday noises to make the special atmosphere of the themes audible and tangible in the constant change of panorama sequences.