The silent book, or a book without words, by archaeologist Federica Lamonaca with illustrations by Fabrizio Sclavi was born out of the commitment of the Cultural Heritage and Activities School Foundation for museum inclusion and accessibility
A book without words, full of images and other meanings, yet understandable to all. It’s the silent book The moon at the museum. In addition to the work of art by Lucio Fontana from Federica Lamonaca with illustrations of Fabrizio Sclavi which, inspired by children’s poetic imagery but also intended for curious adults, promises to speak to as many “readers” as possible, thanks to the power of images alone, and to overcome linguistic, cultural and sensory barriers.
THE SILENT BOOK INSPIRED BY THE FOUNTAIN WORK AT THE ITALIAN GALLERIES IN MILANO
The dumb book Luna at the Museum is an initiative of Gallery of Italy Editions | Skira dedicated to the work Spatial concept. The moon in Venice from Lucio Fontana, exhibited in the galleries’ rooms in Milan. A large-format painting that, in addition to a physical place, wants to represent the infinity within each of us: the silvery outline that encloses the shards of glass may actually indicate the transcription of the moonlight and its symbolic quality. , of motherly form, which incorporates the stars of a night sky, but also the sparkle of the colors of the Venetian artistic and artisan tradition, in the stained glass. In translation, this illustrated book seeks to tell the museum, home to the work that inspired it, not only as a container of objects, but as a meeting place where everyone experiences their emotions, stimulated by the work itself.
COMMENTARY BY VINCENZO TRIONE, PRESIDENT OF THE SCHOOL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ACTIVITY FUND
The book was born out of the research project of one of the students on the two-year course Cultural Heritage and Activity School Foundation’s Cultural Heritage Schoolarchaeologist Federica Lamonaca, on forms of accessibility to cultural heritage, in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo, which therefore testifies to the foundation’s commitment to topics such as cultural participation, which undoubtedly have an impact on the museums’ future, and where education can play a strategic role. “To place themes such as dissemination and cultural accessibility at the center of our research activity“, explains Vincenzo TrioneChairman of The Foundation for the Cultural Heritage and Activity School“it is a real choice for our museums, which today are engaged in a radical transformation of their identity, their function, their social role. The museum as an agora, not as a temple. Accessibility to the museum opens revolutionary frontiers designed to bring attention back to the center of visitors and their needs as well as to restore social centrality to an institution that deserves to accompany the change of an increasingly democratic society. In this process, training plays a key role, always in dialogue with research. Only in this way is it possible to follow the transformations of the cultural heritage system and meet the challenges of the present“
THE SILENT BOOK BORN OF A RESEARCH ON ACCESSIBILITY TO THE MUSEUM
Federica lamonaca worked with Intesa Sanpaolo – Gallerie d’Italia, under the guidance of Francesca NeriResponsible for the School Foundation’s innovation and experimentation support of cultural heritage and activities, and of Tiziana d’Amico, leader of artistic and cultural partnerships. Together they carried out the project In other wordswhich explores the concept of accessible and cross-cutting support within a museum, with particular attention to people with disabilities. As part of this research, he has devised a tool designed for personal independence in access to culture and to support the visit for all in terms of social, sensory, cognitive and cultural inclusion. The result is a pilot product, which is precisely this silent book – created in collaboration with the illustrator Fabrizio Sclavi – which will serve as a visual guide to the museum. “Relationships with schools and activities designed for vulnerable audiences are elements of identity in Intesa Sanpaolo’s Gallerie d’ItaliaHe concludes Michele Coppola, CEO of Arts, Culture and Historical Heritage at Intesa Sanpaolo. “Our art collections are also valued in an accessible key, in a museum logic as a place for in-depth study and concrete opportunities for inclusion, thanks to the work achieved through the constant dialogue with public and private institutions that are sensitive to the cultural and social growth of the country.“.
– Claudia Giraud