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Exploded View: Art and Research on Landscapes in Transition

In 2018 and 2019, 13 international artists went on an expedition to the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica in Rome. This ribbon-shaped parktravels like a green lung through the southern regions of Rome.

It forms the first 11 miles of the famous Via Appia Antica, which extends for a total of 360 miles to Brindisi (southern Italy). Together with  scholars, stakeholders and practitioners – ranging from archaeologists, architects, planners to park managers and geographers, a volcanologist, a falconer and a crow (not to mention several volunteers and locals) – the artists have mapped different parts and layers of the Via Appia park. This has brought to light a diversity of new perspectives on this centuries-old heritage landscape, like an exploded view. Thereby, the artists acted as pilgrim, interviewer, gardener, dancer, game master or campaigner; they observed and participated. 

The present publication introduces the results of this thought provoking research. These results will also be exhibited in the form of new, exciting projects, film productions and installations in Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam in February 2021.


The Exploded View research program is an exchange between the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica in Rome and the Amstelpark in Amsterdam. It has been established in collaboration with the Interfaculty Research institute CLUE+ (Cultural Landscapes and Urban Environment) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Stichting In Principio, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Zone2Source, in Amsterdam. 

Scientific advisor: Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Burgers (VU-Chair in Mediterranean archaeology and heritage/director CLUE+)   

Curator: Dr. Krien Clevis (research fellow CLUE+/VU and curator Via Appia Park, Rome) 

Participating artists: Jasper Coppes, Maarten Davidse, Pavèl van Houten, Eline Kersten in collaboration with Jacqueline Heerema, Wouter Osterholt, Daniela de Paulis, Miriam Sentler, Silvia Stucky, Curdin Tones in collaboration with Frank Müller, Leonid Tsvetkov and Paola Romoli Venturi.

Click here to read more.

This Exploded View exhibition and public program has been made possible  thanks to generous contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (North Holland) and CLUE+/VU.