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Roman History, Illustrated with Light


The New Roman in Xanten

The new Roman Museum, part of the archaeological park Xanten was opened on the 16 August, 2008. The complex is a combination of an archaeological protective building and a Museum, including overall 1900 square metres of exhibition space. The Museum was raised on the foundation walls of the tremendous entry hall of an ancient Roman bathhouse. Form and dimensions of the new museum correspond approximately to the monumental entry hall with a height of 25 metres, which was probably one of the largest buildings in the Roman colony.

The exhibition is supported in form and content by graphical light arrangements. The historical context is illustrated with projections that quote text and symbols. In the upper part of the exhibition you will find a really spectacular arrangement of a projected Christian cross.
The cross seems to hover above the floor like a mystical vision. It suggests that this part of the exhibition should be considered in the context of change and Christianization of the Roman Empire


Siegfriedstrasse 39,
46509 Xanten, Germany

Landschaftsverband Rheinland

Gatermann + Schossig, Cologne

Exhibition Design:
Atelier Brueckner, Stuttgart

Lighting Design:
Kress & Adams, Cologne

Graphic Light Projections:
Derksen Lichttechnik