A monograph published to mark Fabrizio Plessi’s exhibition at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (18 June – 29 September 2019). As an artist Plessi has long had solid links with Rome, where in the past he has held landmark exhibitions that were huge successes, the first being the Mediterraneo exhibition at Trajan’s Market in 1991. This particular project was inspired by the recent renovation of a superb new section of the Baths of Caracalla hypogeum, opened to the public by this exhibition. Plessi’s works are arranged along 200 metres in the tunnels beneath the exedra of the caldarium, once the very heart of the plumbing system of the ancient Baths. Video installations portraying elements and themes that have always characterised the artist’s work – Fire, Water, Wind, Mosaic, Columns, Heads, Classic, Lava, Lightning, Goatskins and Smoke – comprise a striking and deeply moving sensorial experience. Here, as Plessi writes, “the river of history flows on impatiently through a host of other stories”. Enhanced by its large format, the current volume presents the video installations through photographs taken on site and a series of essays, together with a wealth of illustrations (photographs, projects and drawings), guiding readers through the works in the context of Plessi’s ongoing artistic research. A monograph which is far more than a simple catalogue of an exhibition, but rather a fascinating guide to the latest works of one of the most interesting artists on the contemporary art scene.