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Europa Sotto i Monti Asterousia

Piero Meogrossi uses a double-headed axe in his exploration of the imagery of archeology. The double-bitted Labrys, the symmetrical double-bladed axe that divides and unites time and space, that separates and binds the wisdom buried beneath the rubble and reawakened by the mere call of the mind.

Upsetting the sceptics and the incredulous, Meogrossi is our host at the banquet of his dream, whose tracery of signs is transformed, inviting us to enter the long-awaited place – Utopia or Heterotopia – which only exists in the mind or in cartography.

And it is right at the start, in the quote from Anaximander used by Meogrossi as an epitaph for the text, that we find all his energy: “Things transform from one state to another according to need, and justice is dealt according to the order of the time”. And hence the axe of justice (the largest examples of which are found in the Aegean island of Crete) has temporarily replaced the pencil to dig, slice and reveal, rather than merely transcribe, the image of the princess Europa from the mountains of Asterousia, mounted on the white bull (Marcello Sèstito).


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Piero Meogrossi graduated with honours in architecture in Rome (1974), and practised professionally until 1980, when he became a MiBACT inspector at the Venice Superintendency for Monuments (1980-1983) and then director of the Special Archaeological Superintendency of Rome (1983-2011). Throughout his career he has worked in monument restoration, archaeological landscapes and urban transformation, been active in Italy and abroad in monument restoration and landscape recovery at various levels, and contributed to the publication of major works such as disegno FORMA URBIS ROMAE (Rome 1986-2019); Disco-di Festos a Lentas (Crete 2004-2016); Villa-Teatro di Alvise Cornaro, Codevigo, Venice (1981-83). He has taken part in national and international architecture competitions, and held courses and seminars on Restoration in Archaeology (Politeknik Warsawe 1974; IUAV 1982; Roger Williams, US 2001; Architektur Beograd 2015-2018; Architettura Roma (1999-2019). Since 1987 he has explored the forms of ancient landscaping, analysing the topographical identity of XXI Aprile in the Forma Urbis Romae and holding numerous conferences and exhibitions in Italy (c.f. approcci archeologici per il disegno di Roma e la Megali Ellas (1987-2018).