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Panorama print completed for “Pergamon - Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis”


The new 360° panorama due to feature in the major exhibition 'PERGAMON - Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis' was printed for the first time in its entirety on 31 August 2011. The exhibition is a collaborative project between the National Museums' Collection of Classical Antiquities and the panorama artist Yadegar Asisi.

The print file for the 24-metre high, 100-metre long picture had a file size of 12 gigabytes. The final image is made up of 34 separate polyester fabric panels, each measuring just under three metres in width, which have been skilfully printed and produced by company Marx & Moschner in Lennestadt (in Sauerland).

The printing and assembly process in Sauerland took 13 days, with machines running for 10 hours each day. In all, some 3800 metres of thread were used, which is roughly the length from the Pergamon Museum in Mitte to the Siegessäule in Tiergarten.

The fabric panels were then painted by Yadegar Asisi himself using ultraviolet paints that enrich the light effects during the night scenes and reinforce the picture's three dimensional depth. Stars, ancient oil lamps and fires will form part of the view in the PERGAMON panorama, but will only be visible at night. On 3 September the picture will make its way from Lennestadt to Berlin and will be hung in the purpose-built rotunda by experts from Marx & Moschner on the 9 September.

Yadegar Asisi has worked with Sauerland-based Marx & Moschner for many years. The special printing firm have had a successful working relationship with Asisi ever since his fifth project.

From 30 September 2011 the National Museum's Collection of Classical Antiquities will present the first ever major exhibition on the ancient city of Pergamon: 'PERGAMON - Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis', featuring many objects from its storerooms, never displayed before. The exhibition will run for an entire year. Yadegar Asisi's new 360° panorama has been especially created for the exhibition. It presents a 1:1 visual reconstruction of the city, on show on the museum's forecourt. Once they step inside, visitors will be transported to the year 129 AD and gain a lively picture of life in antiquity. A day-and-night simulation, a tapestry of realistic everyday sounds that people from the time would have heard and especially composed background music by film composer Eric Babak will add the finishing touches to the journey through time.