The memory of the future. Mario Ramous, an intellectual in Bologna from the post-war period to the 1990s from May 7 to September 4, 2022

Mario Ramous – Giorgio Morandi

BOLOGNA – Poet, Latinist, Italian, art critic and editorial director: these are just some of the cultural forms and activities that have characterized Mario Ramou’s intellectual figure (Milan, 18 May 1924 – Bologna, 8 July 1999) and for the first time they are shown to the public thanks to the exhibition Future Memory. Mario Ramous an intellectual in Bologna, from the post-war period to the 1990s, organized by the Mario Ramous Study Center in collaboration with the Scripta Maneant Editore.

“Bologna was Ramou’s home”, says Matteo Lepore, Mayor of Bologna. “This exhibition will give us, and will also allow the many young people, to look at Bologna’s past and history, to reconstruct the period of great cultural and political ferment that was breathed here after the dark years of the twenties.”

The exhibition, curated by Maura Pozzati and Michele Ramous Fabj and set up in six magnificent rooms in the municipal art collections of the Palazzo d’Accursio from 7 May to 4 September 2022, unfolds in a continuous discovery of unpublished, multifaceted and tireless interests, searching for “perfection” by Mario Ramous. An exhibition therefore for the curious; curious at a time when cultural fervor and artistic confrontation between intellectuals permeated everyday life and was the basis of all creative work.

The exhibition shows some valuable works of art belonging to Mario Ramou’s personal collection, including a drawing by Giorgio Morandi from 1915 entitled Piatti, a sign of the love the poet and art writer had for the Bolognese painter. most beautiful and intense works of art for him, the essay Drawings by Giorgio Morandi (1949); the great oil Omaggio a Carpaccio by Concepts Pozzati (1964), a work that “marks the transition from informal youth to the dialectical phase of irony and duality typical of pop art”; a mixed technique by Rodolfo Aricò from 1965, Forma e sampionario, as a testament to their intellectual partnership and their common “love of the great classical tradition, which is then overturned in the present”; an oil on canvas by Sergio Romiti from 1949, another symbolic work on “the deep relationship between two men with acute sensitivity”; a bar with a design by Pirro Cuniberti to testify of their friendship; the original printing plates of the works of Giorgio Morandi and Marino Marini, published in Giorgio Morandi’s drawings (1949) and La memoria, il testo (1951), respectively.
Manuscripts of poems and translations, visual poems, unpublished advertising drawings, scores, critical articles and rare volumes from the sixties and seventies document the many languages, pollutions and friendships that Ramous entertained with big names from the twentieth century, including Pietro Bonfiglioli, Pirro Cuniberti, Francesco Flora, Marino Marini, Giorgio Morandi, Concept Pozzati, Sergio Romiti, Gianni Scalia, Emilio Scanavino, Mario Sironi, Adriano Spatola.
Limited editions have also been exhibited, with Mario Ramous being curator and author: two examples among all the Odes book. Versions from Orazio (1962), with translations by Mario Ramous and twelve lithographs by Bruno Cassinari, and Program No. (1966) with poems by Mario Ramous and six lithographs by Emilio Scanavino.

The festive event was an inevitable occasion for the publication of some unpublished poems by Mario Ramous, found by Michele Ramous Fabj and merged into the volume published by the Scripta Maneant Archivio21. Poems 4660/29.
To pay homage to a professional life in constant dialogue with art, the unpublished poems are accompanied by Concept Pozzati drawings, selected and selected by the co-curator of the exhibition Maura Pozzati, and accompanied by a text by the poet Giovanni Infelíse.
During the exhibition’s opening period, the publication is available in the Municipal Art Collections’ bookshop.
The initiative therefore stems from Michele Ramous Fabj’s desire to tell his father’s diversity, his constant research and studies and his pulsating propensity for knowledge, comparison and dialogue with his contemporaries. “Here, this exhibition today wants to make old friends meet again, will try to tell these years to those who have not lived them, want to return to the many aspects of Mario Ramous and all the intellectuals who enlightened Bologna for an intense season, he wants to look at the past in the awareness that memory is what allows us to build the future ».

The exhibition project is accompanied by a catalog of the same name published by Scripta Maneant Editore, which not only illustrates on paper what is presented in the exhibition, but adds elements, both textual and visual, that offer additional elements of enrichment.
The volume contains introductions by Matteo Lepore and Roberto Grandi, texts by Michele Ramous Fabj, Vittorio Boarini, Maura Pozzati, Alberto Bertoni, Federico Condello, Giovanni Infelíse, Gianfranco Tortorelli, Paolo Pullega and is illustrated by a new photographic campaign edited by Gianni Grandi. All reproduced documents are kept at the Carducci House Library in Bologna, recipient of a rich documentary collection containing Mario Ramou’s personal archive, generously donated to Bologna Municipality in 2004 according to the will of heirs Ada Valeria Fabj and Michele Ramous Fabj.

There are several partners in this complex cultural project who have helped to bring this union of memory and art to light. The exhibition is supported by Bologna Municipality – Department of Culture, Sport and Promotion of the City in collaboration with Pozzati Concept Archive, Casa Carducci | Libraries in Bologna, Bologna Museum Institution | Civic Museums of Ancient Art, makes use of the media partnership in la Repubblica and is part of ART CITY Bologna 2022, the program of exhibitions, events and special initiatives promoted by the Municipality of Bologna in collaboration with BolognaFiere on the occasion of Arte Fiera.

During the exhibition’s opening period, it is possible to take advantage of a calendar with guided tours:
Saturday, May 21 at 5 pm visit by Michele Ramous Fabj
Thursday, June 2 at 17.30 visit by Michele Ramous Fabj
Thursday 23 June at 5.30 pm visit by Michele Ramous Fabj
Thursday 7 July at 5.30 pm visit by Michele Ramous Fabj
Thursday 21 July at 5.30 pm visit by Michele Ramous Fabj
Thursday, August 25 at 17.30 visit by Paolo Cova The Myth: to the works from the municipal art collections to the transcriptions by Mario Ramous
Sunday the 4th of September at 5.30 pm finish with a visit by Michele Ramous Fabj.

Worth mentioning is also an important in-depth agreement in connection with the exhibition: Friday, May 18, 2022, the day of the learned birth, at. 10, in the Farnese Chapel in the Palazzo d’Accursio, Mario Ramous Study Center, in collaboration with the partners of the exhibition and Sara Valesio Study Center, promotes the study day Before and “After the critique” (… you need many words | all the words | (and the Mario Ramous, (poet, Latinist, scholar, art critic, editor-in-chief) a long itinerary of twentieth-century Italian culture.
Speakers: Alberto Bertoni, Francesco Citti, Marina Della Bella, Ivano Dionigi, Silvia Evangelisti, Roberto Grandi, Giovanni Infelíse, Gian Ruggero Manzoni, Daniele Pellacani, Paolo Pullega, Maura Pozzati, Michele Ramous Fabj, Carlo Alberto Sitta, Gianfranco Valestor.
There is free admission without reservation until seats are available.
Access is permitted under current Covid-19 containment precautions.
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The memory of the future is the deal not to be missed; the starting point for all eclectics who want to deepen a culturally prosperous and perhaps irrevocable period.


The memory of the future
Mario Ramous an intellectual in Bologna, from the post-war period to the 1990s

A project by:
Mario Ramous Study Center

Edited by:
Maura Pozzati and Michele Ramous Fabj

With support from:
Bologna municipality

In cooperation with:
Pozzati concept archive
Carducci House | Libraries in Bologna
Bologna Museumsinstitution | Citizens’ museums for ancient art

In the context of:

Opening period:
May 7 – September 4, 2022

Inauguration: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Free admission with reservations tel. 051 2193998

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 14.00-19.00
Wednesday, Friday at 10-19
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 10-18.30
closed on Mondays except public holidays

ART CITY Bologna opening hours:
Thursday, May 12 at 14-19
Friday, May 13 at 10-19
Saturday, May 14 at 10-12 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 at 10-18.30

whole € 6 | reduced 3 € | special reduction € 2 visitors 18 ≤ 25 years | free for Card Cultura holders

Municipal Art Collections
Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore 6 | 40121 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 2193998 Civic Museums of Ancient Art
Twitter: @MuseiCiviciBolo
Instagram: museiarteanticabologna

Catalog and graphic design:
Scripta Maneant Publisher

Media partner:
the republic

Study day:
Before and “After the critique” (… you need many words | all the words | (and they will not be enough)
Mario Ramous, (poet, Latinist, scholar, art critic, editorial director) a long itinerary in Italian culture in the twentieth century
Friday, May 18, 2022 at 10.00
Farnese Chapel | Accession Palace
Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna
Free admission without reservation until places are available

May 7 – September 4, 2022
Municipal Art Collections
Palazzo d’Accursio | Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna

Exhibition curated by Maura Pozzati, Michele Ramous Fabj
A project by Centro Studi Mario Ramous
With support from Bologna Municipality – Department of Culture and Urban Promotion
In collaboration with Pozzati Concept Archive, Casa Carducci | Libraries in Bologna, Bologna Museum Institution | Citizens’ museums for ancient art
Media partner la Repubblica
Catalog and graphic design Scripta Maneant Editore

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 17.30
Free admission, with reservations tel. 051 2193998

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