Open – air Museums
Ivrea, Maglione, Oulx, Piscina, Torino
The cultured and brilliant director Maurizio Corgnati (Milva’s husband) is one of the first in Italy to have understood the importance of promoting the territory. In just a few years, the shining vocation of the great director has transformed Maglione – a town in the Canavese area – into one of Italy’s most important outdoor museums: M.A.C.A.M.. Since 1986, façades of the houses, green areas and public buildings have become large canvases onto which artists year after year leave their creations.
Among the first: “I Santi Grato e Maurizio” (Saints Grato and Maurizio) by Mauro Chessa, the “Muro ad acqua” (Wall of Water) by Roberto Caracciolo, works Bert van Zelm and monochromes by Piero Gilardi created with the help of old farmers from Maglione.Gilardi remembers that experience when he brings the PAV Parco di Arte Vivente (Living Art Park) to life many years later in Torino, launching it as a place of green urban regeneration The PAV is not only an interactive museum but a meeting place attentive to the dialogue between art, science and nature as well as to the subtle bond uniting contemporary art to biotechnology and ecology.
The Maam (Open air modern architecture museum) is a land of experimentation and a workshop of new reflections in the city of Ivrea that tells of the Olivetti company’s commitment to the field of architecture, town planning, industrial design and advertisement. Another kind of expression is found at the Open Air Museum at Oulx: a permanent open air exhibit that unwinds along the streets and walls of the homes of Oulx, at the foot of the Susa Valley. Lastly, “Piscina Arte Aperta” (Piscina Open Art) in the village of Piscina (in the province of Torino) proposes an itinerary to its visitors with approximately 70 works that are representative of the scenario and most important artistic tendencies of the late 20th century in Piemonte. A tour that, by combining painters and sculptors belonging to the most diverse formal and expressive tendencies, confirms (in case it was still necessary) Piemonte’s calling for contemporary art.
Date of last update: 12/01/2010
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