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Ceci n’est pas un musée – this is not a museum. While redesigning the museum of Paestum for the revamping and restaging works which are about to start, thanks to prestigious European funds, we were inspired by the famous quote by Magritte, who, under the hyper-realistic drawing of a pipe, wrote indeed Ceci n’est pas une pipe, “this is not a pipe!”, thus reminding us that it is nothing but a piece of paper with color pigments. The pipe is only in the eye of the beholder.
Taking the cue from this artistic provocation, we wanted to highlight with a small retouch in the setup, which we are presenting these days, that the museum of Paestum is most of all what its visitors see, what they perceive. Which, potentially, is much more than what is commonly associated with the word “
Firstly, it must be clarified that the museum of Paestum, which was founded in 1952, in reality was created around the reconstruction of a scaled down temple, in which metopes (sculpted panels representing Greek Mythology) where found starting from the ‘930s in the shrine of Hera on the river Sele. All the central part of the museum…