In the frame

New art rises among the ruins of Pompeii

Expanded Interiors Amedeo Benestante

Contemporary art is coming to the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy. Over the next few months, two Roman houses—the House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii—will form the backdrop to a series of works created by Catrin Huber, an artist based in Newcastle, UK. The on-site project involves 3D digital scanning and printing, bringing to life aspects of these once thriving cities that were buried under volcanic ash in 79AD. The installation at Herculaneum will focus on female figures and faces, while Huber’s work at Pompeii will include contemporary wall paintings relating to the Roman bathroom area of the house (until January 2019). The £270,000 project, entitled Expanded Interiors, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.