The capital’s cultural capital and culture

Fascinating view to be able to see Orvieto promoted to Capital of Culture. Although I find it paradoxical that a city can only become the capital of something for a year, and then perhaps return to being a city or town or suburb. Whatever it is, we face a commitment
that it should occasionally overcome political adjustments, bar ideologies, personal sympathies, or antipathies. If this barrier could be overcome, we would already face a culture test.

And it does not matter whether the goal can be achieved or not. As in all Italian affairs, success depends not only on profit but also on interests or economic appetite behind it. Never as in this moment is it clear how private economic power is real power. Against which political power appears only as a poor representation of reality, not to mention the public power that has been massacred, if it is understood as the power of the community. Point to the head. In fact, and also points to Capital.

Let’s try to analyze Orvieto’s cultural capacity. First of all, begin to overcome the concept of an Orvieto on Rupe who has some title of superiority compared to Orvieto under or around the Rupee. An almost racist concept where those living in Sferracavallo or Ciconia are genetically inferior to those living on the Rupee. With many greetings to the irreversible reality of the depopulation of historic centers, which is a characteristic phenomenon of contemporary civilization.

It could be argued that the main cultural institutions or presumed ones have their headquarters in the historical center, but then it will be necessary to assess the existence of these institutions at the level of widespread culture, as we say today, and that is also reasonable to say. In fact, there is no shortage of institutions, and I quote casually and apologize for the omissions, the Opera del Duomo, which deals with the Etruscan heritage and makes it accessible to many scholars, some students and no ordinary citizen of Orvieto. Despite the efforts of its president, who even manages to disrupt the lazy Italian radio.

The Historical Art Institute of Orvieto, which often, to be honest, manages to mobilize hundreds of people, also thanks to the intuitions of its president, Alberto Satolli, who was a true reference point for Orvieto culture, a humanist in the deep sense of the term. A person who is aware of man in all its nuances, even contradictory, and about whom it would be necessary to talk at length when it comes to culture and not just Orvieto culture. Who wanted, and I mention just one example for all, to break the form of the often polished institution he presides over, by having a very crowded lecture on physics given by a physicist from Orvieto, which must have seemed sacrilegious to those who thought and thinks that ISAO he should only deal with musty history or past centuries art.

To forget that history is also the history of today, and that art, if understood well, is contemporary or not. But Alberto Satolli was not a person who could be reduced to a single moment or fraction of the culture he was, and I do not get tired of repeating it, a humanist in the Renaissance sense, but at the same time enlightened by the concept. But I risk going off topic. As I often and also like. I have mentioned some of the cultural institutions to say that, despite all good will, they are not able to express an Orvieto culture, but only a palace culture that obviously wants to mitigate a Pasolini concept.

And when we talk about Pasolini, I would like to mention a missed opportunity. On the occasion of the centenary of the death of the great intellectual, the deeply cultural fact of the poems, however astonishing that Pasolini was dedicated to Orvieto, was ignored. And we are all guilty of this omission. And I would especially say those of us who pose as intellectuals and show ourselves, including me, modestly in this pseudo-category. I’m trying to end a speech where I essentially meant two things. The first: a city’s culture is either the culture for all and for all, or it is not culture but a simple anchoring of a few or many guardians of an alleged cultural heritage.

The second: the goal of the Orvieto Capital of Culture can only be achieved by making the culture rise from the bottom and not by making it descend kindly from the top of the official or official culture. This will make it possible to talk about the Orvieto culture in a broad sense. And if the Orvieto Capital of Culture project fails, something will still be done for Orvieto’s culture.

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