Palazzo Grassi, Venice


The ancient Greeks and Romans considered Barbarians to be those whose language, mores and political structure were foreign; this confrontation between Western civilization and the cultures that it challenges and that challenge it has formed the very richness of Europe's cultural heritage. Here is a fantastic opportunity to see the largest collection of Western archeological treasures from the early Middle Ages and late antiquity ever on view in Europe.

An amazing selection of more than 2,000 objects is assembled on three floors of exhibition space, with close to 200 lenders from 23 countries. Many objects on view are considered national treasures in their home countries, while others are being shown to the public for the very first time.

While the word "barbarianism" evokes notions of nomadic violence and brutish comportment, the Goths, Gepids, Huns, Picts, and Sarmatians, for example, were indispensable in shaping the identity modern Europe; the artifacts left behind from this exchange come to life in at this show in Venice.


January 26 through July 20, 2008
Campo San Samuele, 3231
30124 Venezia
T. +39 41 523 16 80