One of the primary concepts of Lapidarium is the establishment of a dialogue between the journey of the Quadriga, now located in Saint Mark’s, Venice, and the horses of Lapidarium.
The Quadriga was first plundered from Corinth (Greece) by the Romans and placed over the victory Arch of Constantine in Rome in 304 A.D. Constantine brought the Quadriga to Constantinopolis (now Istanbul) and placed it over the entrance to the biggest hippodrome of the Roman Empire.
In 1204, the Quadriga was plundered during the Fourth Crusade and placed over the Basilica of Saint Mark’s in Venice.
The Quadriga was later taken by Napoleon’s troops during the Napoleonic wars and situated over the Arc du Carrousel in Paris, than moved again by the Prussian after the victory at Waterloo. After this event, two copies of the Quadriga were produced, one for the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin and the other left over the Arc du Carrousel in Paris.
Finally, The original Quadriga was brought back to Venice; the place where they remain to this day.
As a result of the epic journeys of the Quadriga, these places have become related, as if by a secret thread, charged with symbolism. These are the places which will now host LAPIDARIUM; the descendants of those original horses, now turned into stone, sand, marble, bronze, iron.
These places are also chosen as a metaphor for the contemporary experience of exile (migration).