Adrian Maben’s Rückkehr nach Pompeji
Pink Floyd Liva@Pompeii – The Exhibtion by Adrian Maben
Report by The Lunatics
The Myth of Pink Floyd in Pompeii will be celebrated with a special exhibition that will be opened at Pompeii on July 4th, 2015. The event is called “PINK FLOYDF LIVE @ POMPEII – THE EXHIBITION” and comes 44 years after the movie directed by the scottish director ADRIAN MABEN that in 1971 captured one of the most beautiful performance in the history of Pink Floyd. This is the first exhibition about the movie organized in the city of Pompeii and will include over 250 photos and original memorabilia assembled by MABEN with the collaboration of The Lunatics, the cultural association that brings together the most famous collectors of Pink Floyd. Part of the exhibition will be collected in a 48 page catalog made by The Lunatics.
The exhibition, placed in the Town Hall of Pompeii from july 4th to 31th,, will be completely free. The opening of the exhibition, attended by ADRIAN MABEN, is set for saturday 4th july at 6pm. In that occasion ADRIAN MABEN will be awarded with the honorary citizenship of the city of Pompeii.
Several parallel initiatives will be promoted at the same exposure time. Two live concerts by two of the most popular Pink Floyd cover bands: Pink Bricks and Wallside, who will perform in Pompeii on 8th and 18th July. The Lunatics will present their two books “Pink Floyd Storie e Segreti” (2012) and “Il Fiume Infinito – Tutte le canzoni dei Pink Floyd” (2014) in the Town Hall of Pompeii on Sunday 5th at 6pm with Adrian Maben as special guest.
„The city of Pompeii has given me so much and with this show is my intention to give her something back“ is the comment of the director of the legendary film that is already working on a restored version of the film for a future Blu-Ray release.
Fundamental for ADRIAN MABEN, curator of the exhibition, was the contribution of the so called “I Ragazzi degli Scavi” (“boys of the excavations”), daring fans of the time: during the shooting of the film, Maben and Pink Floyd themselves were thinking to be alone inside the Amphitheater, only to notice, at the end of the performance, that they were watched in silence from prying eyes. A group of boys of Pompeii, in fact, had managed to evade controls and gain a privileged position being able to attend the concert.
„Pompeii is proud to host an exhibition that has never been made anywhere else in the world” – is the comment of the Mayor of Pompeii, Ferdinand Uliano – “The live Pink Floyd has been a cornerstone not only for the history of music, but for many individual and collective stories. Despite the difficulties it is an opportunity that we could never lose. The name of Pink Floyd and of Pompeii are inseparable and always will be“.
ADRIAN MABEN and The Lunatics were at Naples PAN from 6th June to 19th July 2015 with a satellite exposition of that of Pompeii. Opened Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:00 am is called “ROCK! 5: the international exhibition on music and its languages”. The exhibition (entrance free), was housed in the premises of the PAN (Palazzo delle Arti), in Via dei Mille n. 60 in Naples. Within the exhibition there’s a world premiere with some unpublished shots of Pink Floyd made in October 1971 during the filming of Maben’s movie. The thirteen new photos, owned by Jacques Boumendil (director of photography of „Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii“), are part of a camera-roll which contains a total of thirty shots. The Exhibition in Naples and Pompei hosted some works by figurative artist Flavia Soprani, entirely inspired by the French director’s movie. The collaboration of The Lunatics with ADRIAN MABEN deserved many surprises. In addition to Boumendil’s unpublished shots there are dozens of photos taken from the movie original film, cinema posters of the time and a series of panels by The Lunatics, retracing the historical period in which the movie was made, the songs contained there in and reviews of the movie. Within the exhibition rooms the director screened his unreleased movie „Pink Floyd – Chit Chat With Oysters“, made in December 1971 in Paris. The catalog of the PAN exhibition featured two pages interview with the director.
On june 10th, 2015, ADRIAN MABEN met the public and the press at the PAN and received the premium „ROCK AWARD! LEGEND 2015“ from the hands of the organizers of the exhibition, by Pasquale Aumenti della Italstage Company Ltd., and the Mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris. Alongside the director were present Nino Gatti and Stefano Girolami, representing the Lunatics. Special guests were „I ragazzi degli scavi“.
Below some unpublished photos of the director of photography Jacques Boumendil and others.
pics by courtesy of Daniela Pagliuca, Nino Gatti, Cesare Abbate & Jacques Boumendil
Wir danken „MR.PINKY“ Stefano Tarquini!!