Housing and destinies between art and history

It resembles an atlas of wonders because, in addition to containing testimonies of Emilia-Romagna’s direct artistic expression, it preserves and tells with care and detail about those who have preserved them for a long time, by vocation or by profession. And so a series of texts, alternating with different images, tell the reader the amount of beauty (and wealth) preserved from Piacenza to Rimini in the “famous” landscapes and homes of the Emilia-Romagna region.
To describe the places where they can be found, archaeologist Cristina Ambrosini, head of the cultural heritage sector in the Emilia-Romagna region, and art historian Claudia Collina, holder of the organizational position Valuation of cultural heritage, edited the volume «Houses and studies of famous people in Emilia-Romagna “(25 euros, 276 pages), published by Bologna University Press, which collects the results of the regional census, the results of which have identified more than 90 realities which, even in hybrid forms, represent the museum houses to dozens of artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, scientists, inventors, collectors and famous families.
Mauro Felicori, regional councilor for culture and landscape, who introduced the text, defined it as “the result of intuition and a long research”, which made it possible to “obtain a map of the places where they lived and the famous personalities of the region have working “.” Knowing this enormous and articulated territorial wealth, I wanted to propose a regional law (the text is contained in the volume, ed.) to improve the houses and studios of famous people, which is inscribed in the discourse of protection and our heritage – reads in its introduction entitled «A famous region» -. The places identified are houses, palaces, studios and archives that retain the signs of living and working with those who have worked there inside, enriching our ability to understand them and at the same time offering essential connections with urban cultural landscapes. and natural of the experience of each famous ». And in fact, the structures are found almost everywhere, from the largest cities to small towns, in the mountains, in the countryside and by the sea. Parma tells its cultural history through the homes and studios of various artists, from the best known to those best known to professionals. The birthplace of Arturo Toscanini, renovated in 1967, in Oltretorrente, is not only the place where the famous conductor spent his childhood years, but it is above all a place where fans rediscover the roots and the courage that characterized the artist’s life.

The same thing happens with Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace in Roncole di Busseto, sober but full of testimonies and very rare documents. Also in Busseto, through their homes, the unusual lives of Giovannino Guareschi and Antonio Barezzi are told, which brought “the low” together with the world of literature and music. There are also the beauties of the Magnani Rocca Foundation’s nineteenth-century villa in Mamiano di Traversetolo, bought in 1941 by the Magnani family and open to the public since 1990, which brings together a collection of antique and modern works of art and hosts international exhibitions. In Casarola, a village of Monchio delle Corti, in the Alta Val Bratica, between the valleys of the Parma and Cedra rivers, the rural house of Attilio, Bernardo and Giuseppe Bertolucci describes the roots of the three Emilian artists who are famous all over the world. There is also the Ettore Guatelli Museum, which in Ozzano, a village of Collecchio, represents an unpublished museum collection because it consists of about 60 thousand pieces (mostly work tools), which the elementary master and collector Guatelli turned into a real exhibition. Dimora Meli Lupi, in Rocca di Soragna, an example of early baroque, is still characterized by the characteristics of furniture and accessories that furnish its rooms, where the mix with other eras. In the volume, much of Parma’s artistic heritage is also told by Carlo Mattioli, Claudio Spattini’s studios as well as by the Claudio Cesari collection, by the Gastone Biggi archive or by the Colibri House Museum by Bruno Bricoli in Urzano. In addition to the texts of Commissioner Felicori and the two curators (Ambrosini wrote “Houses, studies and cultural landscapes: development opportunities, Collina” The places of architects: existence through space and things “), the book also contains contributions from Vittorio Ferorelli, who through the chapter” And I come to look for you: a journey into the homes of poets, writers and musicians “, makes a real literary journey, and by Roberto Tommasi with his document (” The discipline of homes and studios of famous people in Emilia-Romagna “). Finally, the archives of Isabella Giacometti and Giuditta Lughi, officials from the cultural heritage sector, describe all the “famous people’s sites” with precise references.

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