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'Roman Wall Painting in Pompeii'

MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY

by Megan Green

Staff Writer

Until July 3

Mount Vesuvius’ most famous eruption buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii with a thick layer of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Rediscovered in the 18th century, the murals that were preserved beneath the ash continue to capture the world’s imagination. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italy and Japan’s diplomatic relations, the Mori Arts Center Gallery is showcasing more than 80 pieces of art, including wall paintings, scriptures and a full-size replica of a mural-covered room.

One of the major highlights is “Theseus and the Minotaur,” which is being displayed in Japan for the first time.

Mori Arts Center Gallery; 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Tue. until 5 p.m.). ¥1,600. 03-5777-8600. www.tokyo-np.co.jp/pompei