MARec – Museum of Recovered Art opens in Marche

The museum is located inside the Episcopal Palace of the San Severino Marche, a site designated to house the works saved by the churches that were rendered unusable by the earthquake that hit the area in 2016. Waiting for them to return back to their original location

It will be inaugurated on June 11 in San Severino Marche that Museum of Recovered Art (MARec), the new museum of the Archdiocese of Camerino and the San Severino Marche intended for the collection and protection of works of art hidden by churches rendered useless by the earthquake that hit the territory in 2016. Waiting for them to return to their original locations, the works will thus again be available to the local community, for a temporary exhibition project that returns an important part of its historical and artistic heritage to the locals. The critic will also attend the inauguration ceremony for MARec Vittorio Sgarbi.

Room 10, Sefro


The museum is located inside the Episcopal Palace of San Severino Marche, also known as the Palazzo Scina Gentili, a building whose construction dates back to 1590 and which suffered extensive damage due to the earthquake in 1997. Consolidated and restored, it remained undamaged from the earthquake in 2016, why it was chosen by the Superintendent of the Marche as a place to bring the works of buildings damaged by the earthquake to safety. MARec therefore assumes an important cultural value “In terms of collection, cataloging and research, but also a symbolic value of the rebirth of a deeply wounded territory, which here finds the opportunity to gather its values ​​from the rubble and with them build a new, modern avant-garde in the museum sector, within which it can qualify as an expert “explain the project initiators.


Within the spaces involved in the museum destination, plant adaptation works were carried out for the purpose of displaying, storing and studying the works of art; other environments were then created for administrative functions and to host multimedia areas, the latter designed to make the museum’s offerings more stimulating and to bring as many audiences as possible to the MARec collections, of which Madonna del Monte of Lorenzo d’Alessandro and the wooden statue of Madonna of Macereto. A total of seventy works have been exhibited on the three exhibition floors and presented on the basis of their origins, to emphasize the strong connection these works have with the area in which they were created. This tape is also told by a documentary made by the photographic collective Cesura.

Room 7 Viewed and Castelsantangelo sul Nera
Room 7 Viewed and Castelsantangelo sul Nera


“The construction of this Museum of Recovered Art (MARec) was first and foremost a major challenge”explains Barbara Mastrocoladirector of MARec. “We have adopted the slogan ‘Closed to uselessness, open to vocation’ since 2016, the year of the earthquake that forced most of the archdiocese’s churches and museums to close. The slogan intends to communicate the idea of ​​what we want MARec to do. be: not just a series of spaces, a place to store and exhibit paintings and sculptures, but a real place with its own identity.Museums not only hold masterpieces, but they tell us about experiences and often, more and more often, they themselves are a part of the story. And the story we’ve told here is the story of our works of art that find a home in the concrete, emotional, cultural sense, a home for the soul waiting to return to its places of origin. Because of this “continues Mastrocola, “It becomes essential to reconstruct the context in which they were born, because back are not only the roofs, but also emotions, lived lives, dreams. Essentially, therefore, the choice to exhibit the works was not in chronological or typological order, but by place of origin, because the artefacts are first and foremost part of a collectively lived landscape before they are the subject of learned skills. , and they only live if there is an active community around ”.

– Desirée Maida

San Severino Marche (MC)
MARec – Museum of Recycled Art
Archdiocese of Camerino – San Severino Marche
Via Cesare Battisti, 11

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