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Exhibition | FRANCO TROIANI: Photographs. 1997-2007 @ ADD-art galleria
Jan 14 all-day

ADD-art gallery (via Palazzo dei Duchi 6), from October 31, 2021 to January 15, 2022
FRANCO TROIANI: Photographs. 1997-2007
curated by Davide Silvioli

The exhibition displays for the first time the photographs taken by the artist from Spoleto between 1997 and 2007, an unpublished and refined production in which the body is the protagonist.

From the text by curator Davide Silvioli:
“In Franco Troiani’s many years of research, photography is equivalent to an instrument of study; often a preliminary means to pictorial practice. However, photography does not suffer a status of subalternity with respect to the other orientations pursued by the artist, configuring itself as a completely autonomous territory of experimentation. According to these elements, Troiani exclusively delegates to photography the investigation of the human figure, with the intention of exploring its expression, symbology and mystery. On the basis of this attitude, the exhibition Fotografie. 1997-2007 presents a corpus of never-before-exhibited shots taken by the artist between the 1990s and 2000, in which the body is the subject of a narrative capable of leading back to timeless themes of a historical-artistic, aesthetic and philosophical nature”.

Open by appointment through the form on https://www.add-art.it/?page_id=15

Exhibition | 2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL @ Ex Museo Civico, Ex Monte di Pietà, Museo nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana, Galleria Officina d’Arte&Tessuti
Jan 14 all-day
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2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL
Spoleto, 8 December 2021 – 16 January 2022
Curated by Maria Giuseppina Caldarola in collaboration with Margherita Labbe
Palazzo della Signoria (former Civic Museum)
Palazzo Comunale (former Monte di Pietà)
National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana
Officina d’Arte&Tessuti Gallery , Spoleto

Opening: Wednesday 8 December at 11 am
Town Hall – Via Saffi, 12

After a year of suspension due to the pandemic, the Fiber Art Biennial, now in its second edition, returns to Spoleto from 8 December 2021 to 16 January 2022. The event has obtained the patronage of the Umbria Region, the Municipality of Spoleto and the National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana, which has also offered an exhibition room inside the Rocca, while the CAOS of Terni will host a meeting on 20 November during which the Biennale will be previewed.

Four exhibition venues: four spaces to put Art at the centre and to reflect on Art. The underlying theme of the Biennial is Research, carried out both in public institutions and private bodies or associations.

Info: officinadartetessuti21@gmail.com //+39 333 3763011

Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 14 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 14 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 14 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 14 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

CHRISTMAS CRIBS in Spoleto
Jan 14 all-day

THE BIGGEST MONUMENTAL CRIB IN EUROPE
Auditorium della Stella
Open on: December 8-12 | December 17 – January 9 | January 14
Hours: 10-13 and 15-18.30

A monumental life-size nativity scene which has become the largest in Europe, made of terracotta, wood and papier-mâché by the master of nativity art Mario Agrestini.
The nativity scene, the result of more than 40 years of work that reconstructs the ancient peasant world, interacts between painting and sculpture and is unique in its realization and size.
The clothing of the characters is partly hand-woven and partly from Jordan, as well as all the accessories of both characters and animals.
The work has already been exhibited in 2010 in Rome, in the Sala del Carroccio in Campidoglio.

SPOLETO, THE CITY IN A CRIB – 10th edition
from December 12, 2021 to January 6, 2022
Exhibitions of cribs: Sala degli Ori, Piazza Campello (exit of the underground walkway), Via di Visiale
Program and info: Pro Loco di Spoleto “A. Busetti” – Via Minervio 2 – Tel. and Fax 0743 46484 – Mob. 375.5035362 E-mail: prospoleto@gmail.com Web: www.prolocospoleto.it

UNDERWATER NATIVITIES
from December 8, 2021 to January 14, 2022
by the Association G. Parenzi
fountain in Campello square
fountain in piazza del Mercato
fountain in piazza della Vittoria
wash-house in via Posterna

PRESEPE DEGLI ORTI
Orti del Sole, via San Carlo, from December 8, 2021 to January 6, 2022
Hours: weekdays 16.00 – 19.00 – holidays 11.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 19.00

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Exhibition | FRANCO TROIANI: Photographs. 1997-2007 @ ADD-art galleria
Jan 15 all-day

ADD-art gallery (via Palazzo dei Duchi 6), from October 31, 2021 to January 15, 2022
FRANCO TROIANI: Photographs. 1997-2007
curated by Davide Silvioli

The exhibition displays for the first time the photographs taken by the artist from Spoleto between 1997 and 2007, an unpublished and refined production in which the body is the protagonist.

From the text by curator Davide Silvioli:
“In Franco Troiani’s many years of research, photography is equivalent to an instrument of study; often a preliminary means to pictorial practice. However, photography does not suffer a status of subalternity with respect to the other orientations pursued by the artist, configuring itself as a completely autonomous territory of experimentation. According to these elements, Troiani exclusively delegates to photography the investigation of the human figure, with the intention of exploring its expression, symbology and mystery. On the basis of this attitude, the exhibition Fotografie. 1997-2007 presents a corpus of never-before-exhibited shots taken by the artist between the 1990s and 2000, in which the body is the subject of a narrative capable of leading back to timeless themes of a historical-artistic, aesthetic and philosophical nature”.

Open by appointment through the form on https://www.add-art.it/?page_id=15

Exhibition | 2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL @ Ex Museo Civico, Ex Monte di Pietà, Museo nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana, Galleria Officina d’Arte&Tessuti
Jan 15 all-day
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2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL
Spoleto, 8 December 2021 – 16 January 2022
Curated by Maria Giuseppina Caldarola in collaboration with Margherita Labbe
Palazzo della Signoria (former Civic Museum)
Palazzo Comunale (former Monte di Pietà)
National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana
Officina d’Arte&Tessuti Gallery , Spoleto

Opening: Wednesday 8 December at 11 am
Town Hall – Via Saffi, 12

After a year of suspension due to the pandemic, the Fiber Art Biennial, now in its second edition, returns to Spoleto from 8 December 2021 to 16 January 2022. The event has obtained the patronage of the Umbria Region, the Municipality of Spoleto and the National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana, which has also offered an exhibition room inside the Rocca, while the CAOS of Terni will host a meeting on 20 November during which the Biennale will be previewed.

Four exhibition venues: four spaces to put Art at the centre and to reflect on Art. The underlying theme of the Biennial is Research, carried out both in public institutions and private bodies or associations.

Info: officinadartetessuti21@gmail.com //+39 333 3763011

Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 15 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 15 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 15 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 15 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

(Italiano) UMBRIA ON STAGE | JAMES SENESE: James is Back @ Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti
Jan 15 @ 21:15

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italiano.

Jan
16
Sun
Exhibition | 2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL @ Ex Museo Civico, Ex Monte di Pietà, Museo nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana, Galleria Officina d’Arte&Tessuti
Jan 16 all-day
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2nd EDITION FIBER ART BIENNIAL
Spoleto, 8 December 2021 – 16 January 2022
Curated by Maria Giuseppina Caldarola in collaboration with Margherita Labbe
Palazzo della Signoria (former Civic Museum)
Palazzo Comunale (former Monte di Pietà)
National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana
Officina d’Arte&Tessuti Gallery , Spoleto

Opening: Wednesday 8 December at 11 am
Town Hall – Via Saffi, 12

After a year of suspension due to the pandemic, the Fiber Art Biennial, now in its second edition, returns to Spoleto from 8 December 2021 to 16 January 2022. The event has obtained the patronage of the Umbria Region, the Municipality of Spoleto and the National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto – Rocca Albornoziana, which has also offered an exhibition room inside the Rocca, while the CAOS of Terni will host a meeting on 20 November during which the Biennale will be previewed.

Four exhibition venues: four spaces to put Art at the centre and to reflect on Art. The underlying theme of the Biennial is Research, carried out both in public institutions and private bodies or associations.

Info: officinadartetessuti21@gmail.com //+39 333 3763011

Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 16 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 16 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 16 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

THE COLLICOLA FAMILY – Themed guided tour to the noble apartment @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 16 @ 11:30

The themed guided tours in museums and trekking in the city are FREE for SPOLETO CARD holders.

The themed guided tours and trekking in the city are ONLY ON RESERVATION and WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
For the TREKKING IN TOWN the RESERVATION is MANDATORY within the 18.00 of the previous Saturday..

Participation in guided tours requires compliance with current Covid-19 regulations.

Those who do not have the SPOLETO CARD will be able to participate:
– to THEMED GUIDED TOURS in the museums with a fee of € 4.00 per person, in addition to the museum ticket.
– TREKKING IN THE CITY with a fee of € 7.50 per person, in addition to the museum ticket where applicable.

The SPOLETO CARD is a combined ticket that allows to enter to numerous museal sites of the city and to benefit of particular advantages.
The SPOLETO CARD can be purchased in the participating museums and is valid 7 days.

SPOLETO CARD rates:
Red Card: € 9,50
Green Card: € 8,00 (from 15 to 25 years old, over 65 years old, groups)
Edited by: Sistema Museo, in collaboration with the Municipality of Spoleto.

For information and reservations: Soc.
Soc. Coop. Museum System
Tel and fax 0743 46434 – 0743 224952
E-mail: info@spoletocard.it
Website: www.spoletocard.it

Jan
17
Mon
Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 17 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 17 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 17 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 17 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

Jan
18
Tue
Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 18 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Jan
20
Thu
Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 20 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 20 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 20 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 20 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

Jan
21
Fri
Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 21 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 21 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 21 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 21 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

Jan
22
Sat
Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 22 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 22 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 22 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 22 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

2021-2022 Prose Season | BAYADERE IL REGNO DELLE OMBRE by Ludwing Minkus and Michele di Stefano @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
Jan 22 @ 21:00

2021-2022 PROSE SEASON
Six shows, two regional exclusives and a world premiere. Start on Sunday 28 November with ‘Il malato immaginario’ by Molière. Actor Emilio Solfrizzi plays the leading role.
THE PROGRAMME
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Six shows, with two regional exclusives, a world premiere and great names of the Italian theatre such as Gabriele Lavia, Antonio Latella, Sonia Bergamasco, Vinicio Marchioni, Emilio Solfrizzi, Leonardo Lidi, just to mention some of them. This is a summary of the programme of the 2021-2022 Prose Season, presented at the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti by the mayor Andrea Sisti, together with the councillor Danilo Chiodetti, the director and the head of programming of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria Nino Marino and Bianca Maria Ragni.

“Together with the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria,” explained Councillor Chiodetti, “we have tried to prepare a programme characterised by the great names of Italian theatre and great authors to allow the public to fully experience the joy of the return. As always, there are the great productions of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria, but also the most important productions of the national scene, and dance.

The public’s relationship with the Prose Season in Spoleto has grown exponentially over the last few years, I believe since the time of one of my most illustrious predecessors, to over 500 subscribers in the last two editions”.

 

A season that marks the return of the public to the theatre, though with all the precautions linked to the continuing health emergency.

“Theatre plays a cultural and, above all, a social role in this period, because it allows us to overcome isolation and return to sociality – said director Nino Marino – Thanks to the work done together with the development management, we can now return to the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti, a real secular temple, with an important and quality theatre season. I hope that this return to the theatre will be a harbinger of positive things”.

A return made possible also thanks to the commitment of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria. “I would like to thank you because you have helped us to build this season at a time when Spoleto did not have the financial means to cover all the costs,” said Mayor Sisti. “Culture is an instrument of enhancement and emancipation and it will certainly be our duty to work and give greater substance to what is a historic value for our city.

Another very important aspect that I am particularly keen on concerns the involvement of students, who in recent years have responded by taking part in numerous shows,” added the mayor. I would like to thank the schools for this, because we must be able to overcome this gap that is sometimes complained of between the city of culture, the festival and the citizens. We want to build a strong and constant link between schools and the theatre, and Danilo Chiodetti and Luigina Renzi, who are the two councillors of reference, will work in this direction”.

PRE-EMPTION FOR LAST SEASON’S SUBSCRIBERS
Holders of passes for last year’s Prose Season can reconfirm their subscriptions for the same seat:
FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER from 5pm to 7pm.
SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

NEW SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS
TUESDAY 23 AND WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The school subscription, reserved for students of all levels, university students (upon presentation of the university booklet) and young people under the age of 20 (this type of subscription provides the choice of a fixed seat) scheduled for Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November (Info and reservations 338 8562727).
The school season ticket includes four performances at a cost of 28 euros (Il malato immaginario; La signorina Giulia; Il berretto a sonagli; Raffaello il figlio del vento).

Il malato immaginario  (The imaginary invalid) by Molière
Sunday 28 November 2021, 5 p.m. | Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
Production Compagnia Molière, La Contrada Teatro Stabile di Trieste in collaboration with Teatro Quirino – Vittorio Gassman

La signorina Giulia  (Miss Julie) by August Strindberg
Tuesday 7 December 2021, 9 p.m. | Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
A Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria production in collaboration with the Festival Of Two Worlds

Chi ha paura di Virginia Woolf?  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) by Edward Albee
Sunday 9 January 2022, 5 p.m. | Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
A Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria production with the special contribution of Fondazione Brunello e Federica Cucinelli

Bayadere il regno delle ombre by Ludwing Minkus, Michele di Stefano
Saturday 22 January 2022, 9 p.m. | Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
Produced by Associazione Culturale Balletto di Toscana Nuovo Balletto di Toscana

Il berretto a sonagli  (Cap and bells) by Luigi Pirandello
Sunday 6 February 2022, 5 p.m. | Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
An Effimera Srl production in coproduction with Diana OR.I.S.

Raffaello il figlio del vento by Matthias Martelli
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March2022, 9 p.m. | Teatro Caio Melisso – Spazio Carla Fendi
A Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria, DOC servizi production, in collaboration with Comune di Urbino, Regione Marche and AMAT

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Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 23 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 23 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 23 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 23 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

MOSAICS AND WALL PAINTINGS – Themed guided tour of the Roman House @ Casa Romana
Jan 23 @ 11:30

The themed guided tours in museums and trekking in the city are FREE for SPOLETO CARD holders.

The themed guided tours and trekking in the city are ONLY ON RESERVATION and WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
For the TREKKING IN TOWN the RESERVATION is MANDATORY within the 18.00 of the previous Saturday..

Participation in guided tours requires compliance with current Covid-19 regulations.

Those who do not have the SPOLETO CARD will be able to participate:
– to THEMED GUIDED TOURS in the museums with a fee of € 4.00 per person, in addition to the museum ticket.
– TREKKING IN THE CITY with a fee of € 7.50 per person, in addition to the museum ticket where applicable.

The SPOLETO CARD is a combined ticket that allows to enter to numerous museal sites of the city and to benefit of particular advantages.
The SPOLETO CARD can be purchased in the participating museums and is valid 7 days.

SPOLETO CARD rates:
Red Card: € 9,50
Green Card: € 8,00 (from 15 to 25 years old, over 65 years old, groups)
Edited by: Sistema Museo, in collaboration with the Municipality of Spoleto.

For information and reservations: Soc.
Soc. Coop. Museum System
Tel and fax 0743 46434 – 0743 224952
E-mail: info@spoletocard.it
Website: www.spoletocard.it

(Italiano) UMBRIA ON STAGE | RIKORDAMI di Antonio Fresa @ Teatro Caio Melisso
Jan 23 @ 17:00
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Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 24 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 24 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 24 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 24 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

Jan
25
Tue
Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 25 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Jan
27
Thu
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY | Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah @ Biblioteca Comunale G. Carducci
Jan 27 all-day
<!--:it-->GIORNO DELLA MEMORIA | Esposizione: a letteratura sulla Shoah<!--:--><!--:en-->HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY | Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah<!--:--> @ Biblioteca Comunale G. Carducci

On the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day, an international recurrence to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Spoleot’s municipal library presents Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah. The bibliographic path between classics and new publications will be available at Palazzo Mauri from Thursday, January 27 to Tuesday, February 15 according to the opening hours of the library (Monday 15-19; Tuesday and Thursday 9-13 and 15-19; Wednesday and Friday 9-13).

A second event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at 10:30 am in live streaming on the YouTube channel of the City of Spoleto. The meeting, which will also involve high school students, will be with Dr. Enzo Fiano, son of Nedo Fiano, survivor of Auschwitz, manager and consultant for the music industry, president of the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Como, author of the book Charleston. Storia di una grande famiglia travolta dalla Shoah.

The Italian Republic recognizes the day January 27, the date of the pulling down of the gates of Auschwitz, as “Holocaust Memorial Day”, to remember the Shoah (extermination of the Jewish people), the racial laws, the Italian persecution of the Jewish citizens, the Italians who suffered deportation, imprisonment, death, as well as those who, even from different sides, opposed the extermination project.

Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 27 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 27 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 27 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 27 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

Jan
28
Fri
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY | Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah @ Biblioteca Comunale G. Carducci
Jan 28 all-day
<!--:it-->GIORNO DELLA MEMORIA | Esposizione: a letteratura sulla Shoah<!--:--><!--:en-->HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY | Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah<!--:--> @ Biblioteca Comunale G. Carducci

On the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day, an international recurrence to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Spoleot’s municipal library presents Exhibition: a literature on the Shoah. The bibliographic path between classics and new publications will be available at Palazzo Mauri from Thursday, January 27 to Tuesday, February 15 according to the opening hours of the library (Monday 15-19; Tuesday and Thursday 9-13 and 15-19; Wednesday and Friday 9-13).

A second event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at 10:30 am in live streaming on the YouTube channel of the City of Spoleto. The meeting, which will also involve high school students, will be with Dr. Enzo Fiano, son of Nedo Fiano, survivor of Auschwitz, manager and consultant for the music industry, president of the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Como, author of the book Charleston. Storia di una grande famiglia travolta dalla Shoah.

The Italian Republic recognizes the day January 27, the date of the pulling down of the gates of Auschwitz, as “Holocaust Memorial Day”, to remember the Shoah (extermination of the Jewish people), the racial laws, the Italian persecution of the Jewish citizens, the Italians who suffered deportation, imprisonment, death, as well as those who, even from different sides, opposed the extermination project.

Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 28 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 28 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

Exhibition | TOUCHING THE LANGOBARDS FIRST-HAND @ Rocca Albornoz - Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto
Jan 28 all-day

From 12 November 2021 to 6 March 2022 at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, an itinerant exhibition that offers the unique opportunity to admire at the same time the monuments of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. Places of power (568-774 AD)’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for ten years.

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy’ as UNESCO World Heritage continue with the travelling exhibition “Touching the Langobards first-hand“, which will be inaugurated on Friday 12 November at 3.30 p.m. at the Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, after the stops in Ancona, Benevento and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The exhibition, which will be open until 6 March, has been organised in collaboration with the ‘Museo Tattile Statale Omero‘ of Ancona and financed by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with Law 77/2006. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the extraordinary nature and complexity of the UNESCO site through a tactile route and a range of different user options that facilitate understanding, ensuring an optimal multisensory experience for all.

Seven three-dimensional scale models of the architectural monuments most representative of the Lombard serial site and seven models of the areas in which the monuments are located will be on display in the rooms, allowing tactile exploration of their contexts of origin. To make the itinerary even more accessible there will be audio descriptions (in Italian and English), recorded by the actors of the Compagnia #SIneNOmine of the Casa di Reclusione di Maiano in Spoleto, to be listened to via NFC and QR code, as well as a catalogue in Braille and one in large print for free consultation. Finally, to allow for inclusive use of the models, videos have been made using the technique of compositing in LIS – Italian Sign Language, together with images and animations, subtitles and audio.

The exhibition ‘Touching the Longobards first-hand‘ allows visitors to get to know and “touch” the seven architectural excellences of the serial site ‘The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)‘, which has been recognised by UNESCO for ten years. )’, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage Site ten years ago, an itinerary of the places of Longobard power that, in addition to the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto includes: the Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), the monumental area with the Monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Torba and in Castelseprio (Varese), the Tempietto del Clitunno in Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), the Complex of Santa Sofia in Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo (Foggia).

The exhibition is curated by the Associazione Italia Langobardorum – the management structure of the serial site – which is part of the circuit of the 9th edition of the Biennial “Arteinsieme – culture and cultures without barriers”, a group of museums and places of culture that promote activities aimed at encouraging the participation of people with disabilities and special needs in general or from other cultures, enhancing the contemporary artistic heritage, the accessibility of art and cultural assets, in the conviction of the strong social power that art has, which is experienced and lived together.

INFO: Exhibition “Touching the Longobards first-hand”
Opening: Friday 12 November at 15.30
Address: Rocca Albornoz-National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto | Piazza Bernardino Campello 1, Spoleto (PG)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS FROM DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 9: Mon through Sun: 9.30-13.45
CLOSED: December 13-26 | January 1, 16 and 30 | February 6 and 20 | March 6
Info and reservation: +39 0743 223055

Exhibition | VITTORIO MESSINA – DISHABITAT @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 28 all-day

VITTORIO MESSINA | DISHABITAT
Palazzo Collicola, from 9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022
exhibition curated by Marco Tonelli and Davide Silvioli

The opening is scheduled on Saturday 9 October at 11.30.
Reservation required: cultura.turismo@comune.spoleto.pg.it

Vittorio Messina has devoted a large part of his activity to the theme of Habitat and Building, focusing his attention on the iconography of “cells” and “rooms” as a basic element of architecture.

The open, enigmatic character of Messina’s works can be compared in part with the way of constructing thought and language of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the novels of the Prague writer Franz Kafka, or with the theories of quantum physics. Without ever basing his discourse on critical, political, social, economic or ideological content, Messina’s work is a clear metaphor for constructing the work of art as an activity that is always fluid, dynamic, mobile, concrete and at the same time mysterious, immaterial and metaphysical, a sort of building yard crossed by the demands of the present and the possibilities of the future.

As on so many other occasions, therefore, the artist has drawn up a specific project for the space – in this case the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Collicola – entitled Dishabitat, consisting of two large works conceived and created for the site, a project that is therefore situated in and derives from the nature of the site destined to host it, at the same time feeding a field of reflection on the topical conditions and emergencies of our time.

The essential reconstruction of a building cut out of the very floor of the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo Collicola entitled Dishabitat 1 (of which only the roof covering and part of the retaining wall made of gasbeton blocks can be seen), similarly to the transformation of the long Gallery into a space dense with red light entitled Dishabitat 2, define a residential itinerary in the form of a building site within spaces that today are strictly museum-like, but which in the past were the home and places of representation of the Collicola family.

Palazzo Collicola was built in 1730 by architect Sebastiano Cipriani, was bought in 1939 by the City of Spoleto. In 2000 it became the city’s Modern Art Gallery, and in 2010, the city’s Pinacoteca.

In a metaphorical sense, compared to the idea of an original habitat, already modified by its transformation into a museum, Messina has added another (hence the term dishabitat) with a conceptual and contemporary matrix, which makes his works true metaphysical and mental construction sites. The lowering of the viewpoint from the top of a house and the suggestion of a red light caused by the phenomenon of moving away (the typical physical effect of gravitational redshift), are therefore for Messina forms of distancing from time and place, but also of paradoxical rapprochement to the present, and of elevation of our perception and vision of the world.

The exhibition project benefits from the technical sponsorship of Leroy-Merlin and the support of Galleria Nicola Pedana, while the exhibition catalogue will be published during the exhibition.

Opening hours:
Palazzo Collicola – “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Special openings
December: Wednesday 8, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29; January: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5
10:30-13:00/15:00-17:30

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Exhibition | MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO / CLAUDIO MASSINI “Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi” @ Palazzo Collicola
Jan 29 all-day

Ma non ho bicchieri come i tuoi
Curated by Marco Tonelli and Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto
13 November 2021– 13 February 2022

An unpredictable, eccentric painting exhibition, a dialogue between two artists who work on the very margins of images and representation, line and ornament, illusion and meaning.

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (1954) and Claudio Massini (1955), both born in Naples, contemporaries, a history of long friendship, made up of interferences but not influences, between the 1970s and 1980s they shared Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples, a veritable centre of the contemporary art world of the time in Italy: on the occasion of this exhibition at Palazzo Collicola, they have therefore recalled each other.

The exhibition itinerary (a double solo show) unfolds along the ten rooms on the ground floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Cannavacciuolo and Massini are exhibiting 30 works (including a number of polyptychs) created from the late 1990s to the present day, mostly paintings on canvas, with Cannavacciuolo also exhibiting a large work of ceramic tiles (Sinestesia) as evidence of his openness to other “genres”, while Massini closes the exhibition with a photographic re-proposition of social art interventions carried out between 1974 and 1980, a period of research that oscillates between the anthropological and the popular and that took shape in a collective context such as the intervention carried out in Sant’Antimo in 1977 entitled La notte di Maggio Mellone.

The exhibition attempts to underline the different humoral and narrative aspects of their paths, which in Cannavacciuolo’s case are manifested with a sort of healthy irony, almost didactic, as a tender and ruthless observer who tries to make the spectator reflect through logical and visual traps, in Massini’s case with subtle and precise architectures made of balances, countless layers of colour, small utopias, orientalisms, polyptychs, empire-style recoveries and nostalgia, interweaving of constellations and hedonistic decorations.

Cannavacciuolo’s extravagant and impertinent visual rebuses in works such as Bubbles, Fire Zazazà!, Excelsior, Bored Sea Food vs Barbed Wire Family or Menina do Rio, calor que provoca arrepio are thus a perfect counterpoint to Massini’s dreamlike and frozen spaces in paintings such as Barcellonese, Riparo, Dall’alto e fuori or Architettura fatale, as they both swerve away from the current practice of modernity, tradition and contemporaneity.

Two painters, therefore, who are not marginal but complex and stratified, involuntary antagonists on the contemporary scene from which they stand out for their dense weave of meanings and references, hybridisations and references to other, international cultures and therefore part of a universal culture.

Exhibition | | SPOLETOSPHERE Maquette, documents and projects @ Galleria d’Arte Moderna G. Carandente - Palazzo Collicola
Jan 29 all-day

Exhibition at Palazzo Collicola
18 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Presentation Saturday 18 December at 12,00 am

Throughout his life, American architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) has always been imagining the future, as can be seen in his treatise Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth written in 1969. Themes such as sustainability, ecologism, energy problems and renewable sources are the basis of his thinking and his architectural structures, from the Dymaxion House to the Paperboard Domes and vehicles such as the Dymaxion car.

The most distinctive feature of his poetics, however, is undoubtedly the conception and creation of geodesic domes (for which Fuller holds the patent), extremely light and easy-to-construct buildings that he began designing in 1957 all over the world and which even inspired the name of a complex chemical molecule, the “fullerene“. So successful was he that the US Army commissioned him hundreds such structures for military installations.

Geodesic domes are structures made up of triangular, tubular and modular elements, which are joined at specific points to form polygons and can be covered with synthetic materials or lightweight roofing, This was the case of the so-called Spoletosfera (Fuller’s only geodesic dome in Italy), which was installed in 1967 on the occasion of the 10th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds to a design by Fuller and Shoji Sadao (his Japanese architect collaborator) and built with the help of students from eight countries and local architects, the supervision of Giovanni Carandente and the contribution of the Southern Illinois University, the USA International Council of the Arts and the Alluminium Company of America. The inauguration was a great success in the presence of Fuller and with the performance of a real happening (two years later, Mario Ceroli and Claudio Cintoli would also perform happenings entitled Io and Rimbalzare).

Following an agreement between the City of Spoleto and the ‘Pietro Vannucci’ Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia (the two institutions already collaborated on the occasion of several exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola) and under the supervision of model-making professor Giuseppe Fioroni, a group of students reproduced, after surveys and measurements taken in situ, a 1:20 scale model of the Spoletosphere using carbon, glass and aluminium fibres, highlighting the construction principle based on interlocking and alternating hexagons and pentagons and the use of three different sizes of connecting rods. The work will be donated to the Palazzo Collicola museum after the end of the exhibition (a short video presentation by Vincenzo Alessandria was also made for the occasion).

In addition, a series of archive documents conserved at the Carandente Library are on display to the public for the first time. These include original design sketches with Fuller’s autograph technical indications, articles and magazines dedicated to him, photographs of the assembly and inauguration phases or models of other structures designed by the architect, as well as part of the correspondence between him and the Festival Of Two Worlds.

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