Yadegar Asisi

ROME 312

Experience the Eternal City

The ROME 312 Panorama presents the magnificent capital of the Roman empire as it looked in 312 CE. Emperor Constantine I, who defeated his nemesis Maxentius and subsequently became the sole leader of the empire at this time, can be seen with his entourage in the ancient metropolis on the Tiber. The work is based on a historical panorama by Joseph Bühlmann and Alexander von Wagner that was on display in Munich at the end of the 19th century.

In Asisi’s Panorama, the visitors’ perspective stretches from the Capitoline Hill in Rome across the entire bustling city with its temples, palaces, baths, basilicas, arches and tenements, all the way to the Alban Hills on the horizon. The buildings displayed include some whose ruins still shape the image of Rome today. However, in the Panorama they are embedded into the cosmopolitan life of the ancient Roman capital.

With ROME 312, Yadegar Asisi is also illustrating a milestone in human history: according to legend, Constantine was encouraged to promote the expansion of Christianity when the symbol of a cross in the sky predicted his victory on the eve of the battle against Maxentius in 312 CE. Afterwards, Christianity continued to gain influence until it was named the official state religion in 380 CE. For Asisi, ROME 312 and LUTHER 1517 form historical brackets that represent the rise and transformation of the Roman Catholic church.

Past exhibition locations of ROME 312

2005 – 2009

2011 – 2012

2014 – 2018

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

Composer for the panoramas by Yadegar Asisi

Since the pilot project, the panorama EVEREST, Yadegar Asisi has been working with the composer Eric Babak. The pianist and composer, born in Brussels and now living in London, started playing piano at the tender age of five years. Today, he is one of the most played composers in Europe. He has composed the music especially and exclusively for all the previous Asisi panoramas.

A major integral part of Eric Babak's work consists of harmonising the music in situ in the large Panorama room with the 360° image and the lighting in its day/night rhythm. For the general musical theme Babak develops for the panorama, individual scenes from the image are musically highlighted and acoustically assigned to the corresponding positions in the image. The productions with big orchestras and choirs in combination with everyday noises all enable the special atmosphere of the individual topic with its constant changes to be heard and experienced.