THE MUSEUM OF PANGAEA
The Imaginary Civilizations of Marco Barina
11 March 2018 – 24 June 2018
Curated by Fondazione Franco Maria Ricci
In 2018, Labirinto della Masone’s Spring exhibition takes its title from Pangaea, the super-continent that broke up 180 million years ago, creating two continents, Laurasia and Gondwana, the direct predecessors of Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and Antarctica.
Idols, totem poles, fetish objects, masks, funerary urns: the Museum of Pangaea contains objects of imaginary peoples. All these exhibited “antiquities” – about seventy pieces in total – were created by Marco Barina, a contemporary Roman artist who has haunted flea markets such as Porta Portese for more than ten years, searching amongst the bric-a-brac for fragments of a disassembled Pantheon he then attempts to put back together, thereby restoring its power.