The Pergamon panorama

In a unique collaboration with the Berlin-based artist, the Collection of Classical Antiquities is proud to present the new 360° panorama by Yadegar Asisi in the Pergamonmuseum’s forecourt. The monumental panoramic view of the city of Pergamon takes you back to the year 129 AD.

Bird’s eye view of the interior of the Pergamon panorama, 2011; Photo: Tom Schulze
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Thanks to a sophisticated light installation, you can see the city by day and by night. A tapestry of sound that recreates life in the ancient city, interwoven with background music by the film composer Eric Babak, is guaranteed to make your journey through time back to the year 129 AD an unforgettable experience. The settlement’s reconstruction is based on all the research on the city gathered up to now and has been carried out in close collaboration with the Collection of Classical Antiquities’ own team of archaeologists and the German Archaeological Institute. As a result, the innovative 360° panorama forms a perfect symbiosis between art and science.

Measuring some 25 metres in height and 103 metres in length, the panorama depicts the imposing buildings on the slopes of the acropolis of Pergamon, as well as many of the statues featured in the exhibition, all in their original context. The panoramic view spectacularly recreates snapshots of day-to-day life, the labours and entertainments of the people, in short, life in general, as it goes on in the ancient city and the Mediterranean countryside surrounding it. You can now experience a festival honouring the god Dionysus, or accompany the emperor Hadrian on a visit to an ancient construction site. You have the chance to observe life being played out in the alleys, the lively bustle at the market or to take a look into the workshops of sculptors. Why not ascend the hill to the acropolis and steal a glance into the temple of Athena, with its famous library? Anything is possible now that you can get a taste of a whole day in Pergamon!

Entrance to Pergamonmuseum with rotunda in courtyard, 2011; Photo: Tom Schulze
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