The first 60 years of Cortonantiquaria: the prestigious event, which integrates history, documents, arts and crafts, with works from Italy and the world, opens on August 20 in the Sant’Agostino Convention Center, and witnesses the diversity of tastes, schools, fashion and creative avenues.
The event, which is promoted by Cortona Municipality and Cortona Sviluppo, sums up in the name a long tradition that originated here 60 years ago, and which today offers visitors a very rich itinerary among interior accessories and everyday objects, presenting preciousness and curiosity, silver, ceramics, vases and sculptures, creations from 1500 to the first decades of the twentieth century.
Among the works in this edition are some wooden statues with movable arms from central Italy, dating back to the mid-18th century, which were dressed after the occasion; embroidery on silk with inlays of gold and silver threads with religious iconography; Chinese vases dating back to 1800; a Piedmontese spotlight from the 18th century; an Florentine terracotta from the early 18th century depicting San Giovanni.
Cortonantiquaria is flanked by the side exhibition “A journey into Futurism: from Boccioni to Depero” curated by Simona Bartolena and coordinated by Daniela Porta from Leo Galleries (Monza). The exhibition is set up in the foyer of the historic Teatro Signorelli.
Luciano Meoni, Mayor of Cortona, sums up the spirit of the event: It’s its 60th birthday and it’s an even more special occasion that binds us to Cortonantiquaria, the oldest national market exhibition in the sector. The municipal administration has never interrupted the organization of this event, even in the most difficult years, thanks to the cooperation of Cortona Sviluppo and all the sponsors involved. For the third year in a row, this important event is taking place in the Sant’Agostino Convention Center, which is now Cortonantiquaria’s new home. It’s not a simple exhibition event, but a market, a place where business takes place, an event that drives the entire Cortona economy.
It’s summer with cultural innovations, but also for welcome confirmations such as Cortonantiquaria – emphasizes Francesco Attesti, Councilor for Culture and Tourism -. With this historic event, we return to propose a program of events and a side exhibit that will enhance the works exhibited by the antique dealers. Following the pandemic, we are seeing for the first time this year a strong return of visitors from all over the world, and we are optimistic about the presence of the audience that the antiques exhibition will benefit from. We can already foresee that Cortonantiquaria, as has happened in recent editions, will be accompanied by an important review of events, conferences and concerts.
Having landed for the first time in the administration of Cortona Sviluppo – says CEO Fabio Procacci – I am happily involved in an initiative that maintains the splendor of its origins and which today enjoys new opportunities: research, study, elaboration of knowledge. If the antique dealers once came to Cortona for this event, where they showed the best, the concept today is further enhanced. The deep knowledge of the audience’s tastes, the awareness of what fans who visit here seek, the desire to maintain a very high cultural level in the range of works, are elements that make Cortonantiquaria an advanced event of its kind. Here we not only admire the content, but we learn stories, we imagine the lives of people who once owned curious, unusual, precious and certainly coveted objects. To all the right value, not only financially but also culturally, historically and documentary.
Comments of the Director of Cortonantiquaria Furio Velona: Sixty years is a long time to create profound change in society: ideally, we lead back to the first edition of our event to go back to a story that seems very distant. When the National Exhibition of Antique Furniture opened its doors in 1962, one could see men in suits and ladies with handbags on their arms and skirts just below the knee, wandering through the rooms of the upper rooms of the Signorelli Theater to admire the exhibits. A simple line of chalk divides the space of the antique dealers. Today, at the sixtieth edition of the original exhibition, which has been called Cortonantiquaria for many years, we can remember the thousands of people who filled the halls first in the theater, then in the Palazzo Vagnotti and today in the Centro Convegni Sant’Agostino, with several excellent names from Luchino Visconti, who arrived in 1963 as a regular guest of George Lucas almost fifty years later; from political personalities like Francois Mitterrand, Amintore Fanfani and Giorgio Napolitano, to the protagonists in current affairs, between art, the jet set and culture. Our sixtieth edition opens up the wonders one would expect to find in this long-standing international antiques exhibition in Italy. Furniture, accessories, vases, precious rugs and even more paintings, sculptures, a coffin that we want to make ever richer thanks to the participation of an ever-increasing number of excellent antique dealers. The mastery of old know-how has found its showcase here for sixty years, a reason to be proud, but also a renewed commitment to promote the astonishment without which objects of the past could not have been so loved and coveted. Astonishment over the stories of others that we venture into, for the time that does not affect the beauty, over the new life that buyers give to each object that goes from one hand to the other, finds its new location and a new fate.
The exhibition uses the support of the Chamber of Commerce, Banca Popolare di Cortona and Bonifiche Ferraresi, Studio Iureconsulti, in collaboration with Furio Velona Antichità.
Various packages are available to visitors, including the MAEC Museum, where the exhibition “Del Barocco Ingegno. Pietro da Cortona and the Architectural Drawings of the ‘600 and’ 700 of the Gnerucci Collection”. The possibility of reduced ticket access is also confirmed for travelers and tourists arriving in Cortona with Trenitalia, the initiative’s technical partner, with regional trains, Intercity and with Frecciarossa.
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10.00-13.00, 15.30-20.00, Tuesday and Wednesday: 15.30-20.00, Saturday and Sunday: 10.00-20.00
ENTRY: Full Euro 8.00 | Reduced Euro 5.00 | Reduced access for Trenitalia ticket holders |
With the exhibition ticket, you have the right to access the MAEC and the Diocesan Museum with reduced admission and vice versa.
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