The houses of remembrance in Friuli Venezia Giulia with Alice Psacaropulo’s studio

The last heir of a family of Sicilian barons, Greek merchants and collectors, Alice Psacaropulo (Trieste 1921-2018) is one of the main characters in Trieste’s art scene in the twentieth century. It is precisely his Trieste studio, on the top floor of the historic family villa, Villa Margherita, the first reality of Friuli Venezia Giulia that became part of the National Association of Memory Houses. The network thus extends its presence on national territory to 14 of the 20 Italian regions.

“I’m glad the application for membership this time comes from a female figure’s house,” comments Adriano Rigoli, president of the National Association of Memory Houses. The house, which we had the opportunity to collaborate with on the occasion of the National Days of Italian Illustrative Personality Houses, is the first member of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which we welcome with enthusiasm and with the hope that Alice represents a unique godmother to many other new items ».

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Alice Psacaropulo’s study online,” added Marco Capaccioli, Vice President of the National Association of Memory Houses. An extraordinary artist whose entry into the network is doubly a source of satisfaction: because it allows us to be in a new territory, Friuli, with which we hope to do great things. But above all because it brings to the network along with Maria Montessori, Elizabet Barreth Browning, Nera Simi, another great woman whose memory it is our duty to protect ».

“It’s certainly a pleasure to be the first in Friuli Venezia Giulia to enter such a prestigious circle – comments Studio Psacaropulo curator Michele Casaccia – but as president of a social promotion association, I hope our example does not remain isolated. , in a region so in need of “connections” and networks, still a victim of more or less mental boundaries (because they are often traced by fear, to refer to the idea of ​​another female figure gaining attention free from exploitation , Giuliana Morandini), where in fact the debate about the existence or not of a shared memory is deeply felt.Apart from terminological problems, the work of reconstruction, rethinking and then sharing memories (without adjectives whatever they are) is an excellent method exercise: the habit of questioning the past is a good way to understand the present and try to predict the future, and in this was Alice Psacaropulo, teacher, collector and “threshold artist” who is in able to materialize the precarious, transient state of Trieste in the twentieth century, a teacher ».

Alice Psacaropulo Studio testifies about the artist’s activity, a student of Felice Casorati in Turin, a friend of Giuseppe Santomaso, Paola Levi-Montalcini and about the great local masters that she herself begins to gather. Her intense activity as a painter spans more than fifty years, from the historic Venice Biennale in 1948 to the threshold of the year 2000, which led her to test and lyrically rework some of the century’s most important pictorial trends to achieve a very personal “preliminary realism”.

Descending from Carso’s sunny plateaus, located on the left bank of via the Commerciale, stands Villa Margherita on one of the most panoramic hills in Trieste: the Scòrcola hill. The villa was designed by one of the fathers of Trieste neoclassicism, Giovanni Berlam, and houses a rich collection of works of art (Scomparini, Casorati, Barison, De Pisis, Bruno Chersicla, Leonor Fini). On the top floor, Alice Psacaropulo’s apartment and studio, now also an exhibition space. The villa is open for guided tours on Fridays at 18:00 and Saturdays at 10.00, after reservation.

National Association of Memorial Houses

The National Association of Memory Houses networks 94 museum houses in 14 Italian regions (Piedmont, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia), which they decided to work together on joint projects and promote this form of museum in a sharper way also in Italy. Houses associated with many personalities of Italian culture: Giotto, Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Datini, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, Francesco Cavassa and Emanuele Tapparelli d’Azeglio, Agnolo Firenzuola, Pontormo, Benvenuto Cellini, Filippo Sassetti, Lorenzvo Polellini, Lorenzo Bartolini John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francesco Guerrazzi, Giuseppe Verdi, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, Pellegrino Artusi, Corrado Arezzo de Spucches and Gaetan Combes de Lestrade, Giosuè Carducci, Sidney Sonnino, Giovanni Pascoli, Giacomo Puccini, Maria Montesu , Giorgio and Isa de Chirico, Antonio Gramsci, Raffaele Bendandi, Piero Bargellini, Enzo Ferrari, Primo Conti, Leonetto Tintori and Elena Berruti, Indro Montanelli, Italo Zetti, Ivan Bruschi, Ilario Fioravanti, Goffredo Parise, Barbara Marini Clarelli Santo, Loris Bononi, Giorgio Morandi, Sigfrido Bartolini, Venturino Venturi, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Hawthorn Kitson with Frank Will iam Brangwyn and D aphne Phelps, Elémire Zolla, Toti Scialoja and Gabriella Drudi, Gabriele D’Annunzio (Vittoriale degli Italiani), Pave Clemens XII, Giacinto Scelsi, Giulio Turci, Filadelfo and Nera Simi, Secondo Casadei, Carlo A Levi and Domenello Marele Morele Tedesco, , Augusto and Anna Maria Radicati, Mauro Giuliani, Carlo Mattioli, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sofia and Emanuele Cacherano di Bricherasio, Michele De Napoli, Aurelio Saffi, Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano, Francesco Messina, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Francesco Bara, Giovanni Verità, Ugo Tognazzi, Salvatore Quasimodo, Cosimo Della Ducata, Tullio Vietri, Galileo Galilei, Giovanni Michelucci, Rosario Livatino, Tonino Guerra, Giuseppe Puglisi, Giuseppe Berto, Vittorio Mazzucconi, Giuseppe Tomasie di Lampedusa, Pop Mario Bertoeggi, Lorenzo Psieg Porta a Pinti (the so-called English cemetery), the Allori cemetery in Florence and the Memorial House in Milan.

The National Association of Memory Houses in Italy is the only museum network of house museums for famous personalities at national level, it participates in the permanent conference of the Italian Museum Associations in Icom Italia and is a “cooperative institution” of Unesco “Memory of the World Program.” (Subcommittee on education and research).

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