Social Dinner

Casa dell'Architettura (formely known as Roman Acquarium)

Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Time: 20:00
Location: Casa dell'Architettura, Piazza Manfredo Fanti, 47, 00185 Roma

There are few period images still in circulation able to show us what the Roman Aquarium looked like back on 29 May 1887, the day of its inauguration. Slightly more than century has been enough to cancel from the unique history of this building any memory of the original appearance of the masterfully designed construction and its small but cheerful grounds, meant, together with the Aquarium, to serve both as a fish hatchery and a gathering place for the masses of the emerging middle class then populating the new Esquiline neighbourhood.

The image of the inside of the elliptical hall is striking for the grandiose scale of the space, both airy and monumental, marked by the luxuriant abundance of decorations and furnishings. The display windows holding the aquariums appear few in number, given the majestic pitch of the structure as a whole, framed as small patches of light in the bottom portion of the magnificent overall composition. The reality hinted at by the image tells of the intricate mixing and compromising of purposes and interests that lay behind the creation of the Roman Aquarium.

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Cost of tickets for registered participants or guests: € 110

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