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An extraordinary archeological museum has been inaugurated; the Villa of the Mosaics of Spello is an exceptional treasure in the heart of Umbria.

posted by Home In Italy on April 17th, 2018

Spello, a small village famous for its narrow streets and for a wonderful chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio is the main character of a beautiful story with an happy ending. In 2005, while doing the excavations for a parking lot, some mosaics in perfect conditions came out. It turned to be a well preserved villa of the second century with incredible artistic mosaics.
500 square meters, 20 rooms brought to light, 10 mosaic floors of great beauty, with geometric and figurative motifs. The mosaics – in red, white, black, gray – are in the rooms around the courtyard that surrounded the inner garden: there are birds, stylized amphorae, a radiant sun, crescent-shaped shields. The central theme is the one of the harvesting and wine: did the villa belong to a winemaker? This is absolutely possible, given the ancient tradition of the area. Today, the Sagrantino, which enriches the landscape around Spello, is one of the most celebrated wines of Umbria and of Italy as a whole.

INFORMATION
Villa of the mosaics of Spello
Variable openings depending on the months of the year: from April to September, Tue-Sun and holidays 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm.
Admission 6 euros, reduced to 4 and 2 euros.
Info: www.villadeimosaicidispello.it

The house in the rock: an interview with the architect Michel Boucquillon

posted by Home In Italy on January 26th, 2018

Born in Belgium in 1962 from a Belgian father and German mother, Michel Boucquillon graduated in architecture at Saint-Luc in Brussels in 1986. In 1988, aged 26, after two years of working experience in Florence, he won the Architectural competition of the Chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels, signing the beginning of his Architectural and design career. In ‘2000, he opened a second workshop dedicated to industrial design products and experimental architecture in Lucca – Tuscany in his home and office Alibia, where he lives with his wife Donia Maaoui and their two daughters.

Villa Alibia is an extraordinary property, a laboratory and place of experimentation. The villa, the guest house and the swimming pool are real jewels of contemporary architecture and technology immersed in the Tuscan nature. The architecture of the two properties is very bright and transparent.
This is the first house in the world with a hydraulic roof: the two wings of the roof of the villa open at a 30 ° angle like the wings of a butterfly allowing natural ventilation to cool the house and bringing to the villa a very unique magic sensation of literally sleeping under the stars.
Michel is currently working for exclusive clients and for world-known design companies such as Alessi, Artemide, Antoniolupi, Aquamass, Auerhahn, Martinelliluce, Nestle, Serralunga, Tecno, Technolux, Valli Arredobagno, Valli&Valli. He won many international awards and his design creations are exposed in many museums all over the world.
Architect Michel Boucquillon sat down for an interview and touched on an array of topics, from the start of his successful career to his future project.

When did you realize you wanted to be an architect?
All began when I was around 10 or 11 years old. I visited the farm situated close to the house where I lived and it was that bad organized that I returned home and did a little plan sketch called “the ideal farm”. I showed it to the farmer, who thought I was crazy. However, I loved it and it gave me the first sensation of being an architect. At the age of 15 I decided to study architectural drawing at the high school before graduating in Architecture in St Luc, Brussels.

Where does your passion for beauty and art comes from?
All the men of my family, both father and mother side, are Engineers. I am an hybrid: I have always loved drawing and inventing. Architecture made me discover design, and design made me discover art. My wife, Donia, is a sculptor, so we are totally in full immersion with art.

What does villa Alibia represent to you and your career?
When my wife and I decided to move to Italy, we wanted to build our “world of architecture” in one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany: Lucca. We found this extraordinary 10 hectares land in the first hill around Lucca, one of the very rare place where you can perfectly see the hole city and its walls, the middle-aged towers from 200meters high. We wanted to make an innovative but respectful architecture totally opened on the magnificent Mediterranean vegetation by sliding the big windows and opening the roof. The result is a very pleasant place where you have the impression to be outside of the real world, in total harmony with the wonderful surroundings. Who enters in the house is totally emerged in our world and our sensibility. I would say everything you see was drawn by myself, by Donia or by both. The architecture, the furniture, kitchenware, the sculptures, the limited edition furniture …

What can we expect from you in the future? Are you currently working on another magnificent project?
In the future, I will continue creating architectural project worldwide for exclusive clients and industrial design, which is my second passion. At the moment I’m constructing two private houses where the roof will open like in our house. In the design field, I’m drawing with Donia a wide collection of object for Alessi brand, called Bark. I am also drawing high quality furniture, lamps and bathroom products for other world known companies.

Admiring Giotto, Perugino and other Italian art treasures in Perugia

posted by Home In Italy on May 23rd, 2017

From 11th April to 15th September 2017, Vittorio Sgarbi, curator of the exhibition, presents a real temporal museum display entitled “From Giotto to Morandi. Art Treasures of Italian Foundations and Banks “. The exhibition is hosted in Palazzo Baldeschi, a historic building of extraordinary beauty in Perugia.

Visitors will feel as though they were going through the gates of a large national museum, such as visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

It is a large patrimony, belonging to banks and foundations, which collects paintings of exceptional value, showing the historical and cultural features of the different territories of the Italian peninsula from the ’300s until the’ 900s, despite the variety of its composition.

This particular activity of collection represents an aspect of the more comprehensive cultural commitment of Banks and Foundations in a wider framework of activity and commitment to the community: purchase, recovery, restoration, and thus protection and enhancement of art works that would otherwise be dispersed.
The exhibition in Perugia takes into account the evolution of styles and provides an extensive overview of the subjects chosen by the artists. It ranges from the sacred theme to the allegorical and mythological representations, from the genre of the portrait to the ones of landscape and still life.
An appointment not to be missed if you are in Perugia or in Umbria for a weekly vacation.
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BURRI HOSTS POLLOCK, RAUSCHENBERG, MIRÓ, CHRISTO AND OTHER BIG NAMES IN CITTA DI CASTELLO

posted by Home In Italy on November 18th, 2016

After the Guggenheim in New York and the Kunstsammlung Düsseldorf, the highly anticipated exhibition at the former tobacco drying, in Umbria for the closing of the centenary with an exhibition titled ‘Materia between Europe and the US Space’, just opened and remain open until January 6th , 2017 .

After the significant success of the exhibition ‘Alberto Burri “The Trauma of Painting” of October 2015 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the next stop at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Celebration of the Centenary of the birth of the great Italian artist they end with a new exhibition event in Citta di Castello, his hometown.
The exhibition housed in the former tobacco drying, the exhibition presents an extensive survey on the most significant trends in contemporary art of the post-war period of the twentieth century, it seems possible to combine the art of Burri is as thematically prior to it is as contemporary or later with identified aspects of dialectical most obvious influence.

As stated by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum at the opening of the retrospective ‘Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting’, “the exhibition says the position of Burri as one of the most innovative artists of the period of the second world war. Burri created a new type of object, simultaneously painting and sculpture, which influenced later artists associated with new Dada, the Nouveau Realism and Postminimalism … “and, one might add, with the Italian Arte Povera.

These considerations there are others, no less fundamental for linguistic invention sprang from his work. Burri is in fact the artist directly and almost exclusively in the use of the material has got a brand new spatiality in the name of an “unexpected control” and a masterful balance that has qualified it forms. In setting, alongside a select group of works by Burri, 20, from tar to molds, from bags to humpbacks, from wood to burn, from the plastic knife, the cracks to cellotex until the ‘black and gold’, will be You can see works by masters protagonists of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

On display there are creations of Fautrier, Dubuffet, Pollock, Motherwell, Hartung, De Kooning, Wols, Calder, Marca-Relli, Scarpitta, Matta, Nicholson, Tàpies, Glue, Rauschenberg, Twombly, Johns, Fontana, Manzoni, Castellani, Hooks , Lo Savio, Klein, Rotella, Christo, Tinguely, Arman, César, Morris Sonnier, Beuys, Kounellis, Calzolari, Pistoletto, Pascali, Nevelson, Piene, LeWitt, Scajola, Mannucci, Leoncillo, Andre, African, Chamberlain, Capogrossi, Kiefer, Miro, Soulages and others.
Alongside works a photographic documentary of the repertoire and historical juncture between 1947 and 1989, including on the artistic current data, posters, brochures, catalogs, publications, videos, films, biographies, theoretical productions and other significant artworks.
It will wind along a separate path from the works themselves, facilitating the use of this particular cultural moment in history of art from the postwar period to the symbolic end of the cold War and the fall of the Berlin wall.

In a catalog there are collected essays and critical contributions of Peter Bellasi, Paola Bonani, Mario Diacono, Thierry Dufrene, Aldo Iori, Petra Richter, Luigi Sansone, Sarteanese Francesco Tedeschi, Italo Tomassoni, Denis Zacharopulos, Adachiara Zevi, preceded by introductory speeches Bruno Cora, curator and president of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collection Burri and Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The publication is supplemented by images of the exhibited works and the historical and bibliographical information about the artists.

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