London, 20 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
Between 28 March and 29 September 2013, the British Museum will present a large exhibition about the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, sponsored by Golden Sachs. This exhibition will be the first on this topic for the British Museum, and the first exhibition of this scale in London these 40 years. The event will gather over 250 artefacts, two recent discoveries and the famous finds of previous excavations. Many of these objects have never been seen outside Italy.
Neil McGregor, director of the British Museum, declared in the press release : “This will be a major exhibition for the British Museum in 2013, made possible through collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii which has meant extremely generous loans of precious objects from their collections, some that have never travelled before. I am delighted that Goldman Sachs is sponsoring this important exhibition and am extremely grateful to them for their support”.
“It is a privilege to be partnering with the British Museum for this incredibly exciting exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into daily life at the heart of the Roman Empire”, said Richard Gnodde, Co Chief executive of Goldman Sachs International. “We recognize the importance of supporting cultural platforms such as this and we are delighted to offer our support to help bring this unique experience to London.”
Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, were buried by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in just 24 hours in AD 79. This event will mark the end of these cities but at the same time allowed them to be preserved until rediscovery by archaeologists nearly 1700 years later. The excavation of these cities has given us an unequalled insight into Roman life, and the British Museum will propose an account of the various discoveries linked with these sites.