MUSIC IN ANTIQUITY
Client: Obra Social La Caixa
Location: Caixa Forum Barcelona
Surface area: 200m2
Type of exhibition: Temporal Exhibition
Work carry out: Production and Assembly of the expóción Music in Antiquity, includes the construction of showcases, audiovisuals, lighting, collocation of pieces, graphic, cabinetmaking and painting.
Music in antiquity is the result of the agreement between “la Caixa” Welfare Projects and the Musée du Louvre for the joint organization of exhibitions that bring to light or discover the public artists, collections and periods of history of art based on the funds of the Parisian museum. This exhibition follows the line of other projects that have been developed jointly with the Musée du Louvre, such as those dedicated to Pharaonic Egypt, the routes of Arabia, the Etruscan princes, Mesopotamia, Delacroix and Le Brun.
Imagine that, in 2,000 years, only samples of Mozart’s music, small fragments of Brel’s songs and broken or damaged musical instruments, were just as a sign of it. In a way, this is the situation faced by specialists in ancient music, who only have access to incomplete elements, both in terms of the few “scores” and the instruments that have been found fragmented in tombs, houses or sanctuaries. There are, however, the numerous texts and the thousands of images that show scenes of musical life and from which scholars recompose the sound environment of each culture, thanks also to the latest advances in research . Although ancient societies seem to share certain musical instruments and certain practices, there are in these practices a series of forms of musical expression that are their own.