Medieval architecture, culture and traditions merge with one of the historical masterpieces of Made in Italy: espresso coffee. Thus was born “The Italian espresso between heritage and contemporary”: a real event that will contain multiple events from 18 to 24 July.
The heart of the initiative is the temporary exhibition of coffee machines set up at the convent of San Colombano di Bobbio and curated by MUMAC, the coffee machine museum in Cimbali Group. Sponsored by the FAI Delegation of Piacenza and the FAI Group of Bobbio, the initiative is carried out in collaboration with the City of Bobbio: main characters are some of the most beautiful professional espresso coffee machines from the early 1900s to today.
Among these is the Roma column machine (Rex model from 1926), the Simplex rationalist-style machine (1940), the La Cimbali Granluce machine (1955), the stamping machine Aurora Brugnetti (1955)and with the handle Faema Urania (1957), the timeless e61 from 1961 and the hydraulic La Cimbali Pitagora (1962), winner of the Compasso d’Oro and a time icon, and the semi-automatic and very colorful Faema Prestige, pop model from 1972.
A real Time travelin the design and technology that from the beginning of the 20th century reaches today with the models La Cimbali M200 (launched in 2021), La Cimbali S15 (which will be in operation) and Faemina by Faema, the new espresso coffee machine designed for the home, small businesses and concept stores, launched in 2021 at Salone del Mobile.
The exhibition will also provide space also for another type of artthat the Milanese group of Urban Sketchers, a local branch of the global movement that unites drawing enthusiasts who specialize in understanding the beauty of a place, understanding its differences, each with their own style and technique. An “exhibition in an exhibition” that will see some of the drawings made in one exhibition live performance held by the artists during Milan Design Week 2022 at MUMAC.
The exhibition, with free and open access, is inaugurated Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m. in the presence of local authorities.
Second appointment of the event, the presentation of the book “EXPRESS FRONT. Coffee. Style. Emotions”, edited by MUMAC and published by Antiga Edizioni, in which an image of the Ponte Vecchio di Bobbio has been inserted as an emblem of the timeless enchantment of Italian beauty. The presentation will take place on Saturday July 23 at 6 p.m. in Sala Daverio at Bobbio City Hall with the speakers Roberto Pasquali, Mayor of the City, Letizia Anelli, Head of the FAI Piacenza Delegation, Edgardo Ferrero, Director of Services of Gruppo Cimbali and contributor to the historical-scientific content of the book, Barbara Foglia, MUMAC Manager and coordinator of the editorial project, Enrico Maltoni, collector and co-founder of MUMAC, Francesca Tramma, Curator of the Historical Archive of Corriere della Sera, among the archives belonging to Museimpresa, who have contributed photos and documents to enrich the volume .
“It’s a unique opportunity for us to tell the story of Italian espresso coffee through our machines and through a volume that aims to be a symbol of Italian style in the world, in one of the symbolic places of beauty. – explains Barbara FogliaMUMAC Manager -. Abbey of San Colombano is a place to visit, immersed in the heart of one of the most significant villages in Italy, Bobbio, chosen for Borgo dei borghi 2019: the ideal place where history meets history, espresso coffee, always a symbol of Lavet in Italy and in one of the most important monastic centers in Europe “.
“It is a great pleasure for our city to host an Italian expertise such as the Cimbali Group. The San Colombano Monastery is a suggestive place where the past meets the present and a wonderful setting for an initiative of this type.” – says the mayor of Bobbio Roberto Pasquali and adds: “The prestigious release of the MUMAC Museum, in which Bobbio is mentioned, fills us with pride and pushes us to work for our Borgo to increasingly be an advocate for the beauty and expertise that enhances Italian creativity in any of its forms. Exhibiting the coffee machines that have created the history of Italian espresso in the world will be a further opportunity to get to know the formidable innovations that have characterized the production of espresso in public Bobbio and Italian shops, and to admire the architectural beauties. “