13.12.2013 - 31.12.2014
2014 is the year to see the Riace Bronzes: the ancient bronzes made their return to Reggio Calabria's National Archaeological Museum on December 6th, and are again on view to the public.
The Riace Bronzes are two bronze Greek-style statues slightly over 6 ft tall (205 cm and 198 cm), of either Greek, Magna Graecian or early Sicilian origin, dating back to the 5th Century B.C. The statues were found in excellent condition at the bottom of the sea in August, 1972, when they stimulated international enthusiasm, as well as a frenzy of research on their identities and creators.
After four years at Calabria’s Regional Council, the Bronzes now stand in the Museo Archeologico's Sala dei Bronzi (Hall of Bronzes), their original exhibit space; the Bronzes are meant to be a preview to the rest of the Museo's inauguration (set for April, 2014), after being entirely renovated.
Operations to place the two bronzes in their antiseismic bases were completed in December, 2013, along with temporary accompanying installations.
The Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria is actually one of Italy's most prestigious archaeological museums for number of vestiges from Calabria's historic colonies of Magna Graecia.
Italy's Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism, Massimo Bray, was witness to the bronzes' return, saying: “I am happy to announce that the Riace Bronzes have returned home. They are two very important pieces of Italian history, and they will be in place within the next two weeks, just in time for the Museo's (also referred to as the Museo "Magna Grecia") re-opening. This is just one more step towards the promotion and preservation of Italian culture.”