Quoting Memoirs of Hadrian, written by Marguerite Yourcenar, Consuelo Saizar, president of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), inaugurated Pompeya y una Villa Romana. Arte y Cultura alrededor de la Bahia de Napoles (Pompeii and a Roman Villa. Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples) at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA).

At the inauguration, Alfonso de Maria y Campos, general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), commented that “at the exhibition, a contemporary dialogue between two pasts and two identities constituent of the actual world is produced”, classic Rome and Mesoamerican cultures.

De Maria y Campos remarked the relevance of findings at Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Neapolitan coast that since late 18th century contributed to form an epoch and a spirit: the Illustration.

Accompanied by Roberto Spinelli, Italian Ambassador in Mexico, and Diana Magaloni, director of the MNA, De Maria entwined in his discourse the destinies of cultural heritage of Italy and Mexico, which richness has attracted attention from intellectuals or centuries.

“It is not rare that an illustrated king as Charles III had supported Pompeii and Herculaneum excavations in Naples, as well as those in Yucatan Peninsula, giving an important impulse to the integration of archaeology as a modern discipline”.

This is how Pompeii and a Roman Villa arrives to Mexico to be enjoyed by national public, allowing to keep track of the function of recreational and meditation places of philosophers, merchants and aristocrats since the end of Punic Wars in 2nd century BC.

The exhibition will be open until February 2010, and it gathers objects from Archaeological Museums of Naples and Campi Flegrei, as well as heaps from the Excavation Offices of Pompeii and Oplontis in Torre Annunziata, Italy.

Pompeya y una Villa Romana is part of the “Great Civilizations” exhibitions cycle and arrives to Mexico in exchange of “Teotihuacan, City of Gods”, show that will be exhibited at Palace of Exhibitions, Rome in 2011.

The Ambassador of Italy in Mexico, Roberto Spinelli, declared that besides Teotihuacan exhibition exchange between both nations in the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Italian unity, there is also a show of Maya seigniors’ masks made out of jadeite in Naples.

Pompeya y una Villa Romana. Arte y cultura alrededor de la bahia de Napoles is open at the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), Reforma Ave. at Gandhi St., Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hours. Admission fee is 51 MXP.