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Tevereterno is an artistic project envisioned and initiated in 2000 by Kristin Jones aimed at inspiring and instigating the revitalization of the Tiber River within the City of Rome. Officially founded by Jones in 2004 with an Italian Board of Directors, the multidisciplinary cultural project is dedicated to establishing the city’s first open-air public space for site-specific contemporary art as a cornerstone of a new managed and maintained Tiber River Park. Working from the conviction that art can be a catalyst for urban renewal and recognizing the enormous potential of the riverfront, Jones devoted more than 16 years as Tevereterno’s Artistic Director, partnering with a treasury of artists, colleagues and the City of Rome to create programs drawing the public to the Tiber’s banks. The project has non-profit status in the United States under the fiscal sponsorship of NYFA and is recognized within UNESCO’s Management Plan for the City of Rome. In 2016, Tevereterno initiated ‘Triumphs and Laments’, an epic collaboration with William Kentridge, who worked with Jones, a diligent research team, and an army of volunteers and believers to create the extraordinary 1800 foot-long frieze along the river. The unveiling was a spectacular opening event including two processional marching bands, and live music by Phillip Miller, attended by over 30,000 people across three evenings.


  1. About Tevereterno

The Tiber was the birthplace of Rome, and the backbone of civic life until the nineteenth century, when high embankment walls separated it from its urban surroundings. Tevereterno works to restore the historical bond between river and city through onsite programming at Piazza Tevere, a river-piazza between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini. Here, since 2004, Tevereterno has produced cultural events drawing tens of thousands of people to the river, celebrating the site and its context through vibrant contemporary art.

Tevereterno envisions the Tiber as a river park in the heart of Rome, and Piazza Tevere as one of its most vibrant public spaces. Through regular public programming and a commitment to long-term maintenance, the riverfront will become, once again, a destination for Romans and tourists alike. Piazza Tevere will be, for Rome, a unique episode amongst exemplary international projects, such as the High Line in New York, Rio Manzanares in Madrid, the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, and the Turbine Hall in London, reinforcing Rome’s link in the global network of like-minded urban planning and cultural projects.

Founded in 2004 by artist Kristin Jones, in collaboration with Rosario Pavia, Carlo Gasparrini and Luca Zevi, Tevereterno is a growing international initiative involving a committed team of artists, architects and planners working in synergy with the city’s urban planning objectives to produce free, public, contemporary art programming in the heart of classical Rome. In 2011, TEVERETERNO was recognized within UNESCO’s Management Plan for the city of Rome as an exemplary pilot-project and acknowledged as critical to the dynamic renewal of Rome’s river.

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William Kentridge, Triumphs and Laments: A Project for the City of Rome (2016)

Presented by Tevereterno, William Kentridge’s work, Triumphs and Laments: A Project for the City of Rome (2016), is a large-scale, 550 meter-long frieze, erased from the biological patina on the travertine embankment walls that line Rome’s urban waterfront. More than eighty figures, up to 10 meters high, the figures form a silhouetted procession on Piazza Tevere, between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini. Triumphs and Laments shows a non-chronological history of Rome, looking at the laments which inevitably accompany any triumph.

Triumphs and Laments opened on April 21-22, 2016 with the premiere of a theatrical program created in collaboration with composer Philip Miller, featuring live shadow play and two processional bands performing against the backdrop of the frieze.

Triumphs and Laments was conceived by artist William Kentridge in collaboration with composer Philip Miller under the artistic direction of Kristin Jones. The project is presented by Tevereterno, produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film with technical direction by STEP s.r.l. and major underwriting from Galleria Lia Rumma (Naples, Milan), Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris), and The Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town). For more information, please visit:


Tevereterno has been entirely fueled by the inspiration, perseverance, and generosity of people like you, who represent the single largest source of support for the ongoing project. Tandem branches in the United States, where it is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization, and in Italy, where it is a legally registered Italian non-profit association (onlus), partner to produce cultural events that promote the revival of Rome’s river and urban waterfronts around the world. Donations made to Tevereterno through NYFA, our fiscal sponsor, are tax-deductible in the United States to the fullest extent of the law.

Special thanks to:

The Booth Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Vincent J. Buonanno
Linda Cheverton and Walter Wick
The Context Foundation
The David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion
Dorothy and Lewis Cullman
Peter and Katherine Darrow
Margaret Holben Ellis
Lorna Ferguson
The Fleming Charitable Trust
Donald T. Fox
Galleria Lia Rumma
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Goodman Gallery
The Hazen Polsky Foundation
Michelle Hobart and Justin Peyser
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
The LeWitt Foundation
Frank and Dale Loy
Marian Goodman Gallery
Stephen Metcalf
Brian Owens

The Reed Foundation

Mary Rice, The HRK Foundation

Molly Rice and Dan Priebe, Pugsley Fund of HRK
The Pollack Krasner Foundation

Jane Gregory Rubin, The Rubin Foundation

Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz

The Simon Blattner Family Foundation
Mark and Aline Weiller
William Weiller

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