27/10/2012 - 24/03/2013
From October 27 2012 to March 24 2013 the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome will be presenting Silk Road, an exhibition that traces the long eastbound journey between the 7th and 14th century B.C. by reconstructing models of four symbolic cities.
From Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), capital of the Chinese Tang dynasty, to Turfan, one of the oasis of the Gobi desert, to Samarcanda, mercantile and cultural centre, to Baghdad, capital of the Islamic world, merchants, emissaries, pilgrims, and soldiers scaled mountains and traversed desert lands to trade luxuries, find religious texts, meet and conquer far-off civilizations.
It was through these mid-stops and transit-ways that the network of paths known as the "Silk Road" came to be.
The Italian edition of this exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History of New York is enriched by an exclusive additional section that explores the relation of certain Italian cities, especially Venice and Genoa, with the Far East.
Original findings on loan for the most part from European museums; models, maps, reconstructions, interactive routes and immersive video projections make the visitors feel the atmosphere typical of that time in history, guiding them on a discovery of the practices and middle eastern customs and of the influential ties that flourished from the exchange between distant cultures.