8 house museums to discover

8 house museums to discover

Giorgia Massari · 11 months ago · Design

In occasion of the International Day dedicated to museums, today we tell you about some of the many wonderful house museums scattered throughout Italy. Little gems, some better known than others, all to be discovered. These are the case museums, an intimate and fascinating museum format in which time seems to stand still. Created by intellectuals, artists, men of culture and tycoons who throughout their lives devoted themselves to the arts, loved them, cared for them, collected them and kept them in their homes, so that they could always enjoy them. We are talking about prominent personalities such as Giuseppe Panza or Lodovico Pogliaghi, who in their time were promoters and supporters of art, choosing to return beauty to the public, opening their homes – ante or post mortem – and entrusting them to the community.

#1 Milan — Casa museo Boschi Di Stefano

The Boschi Di Stefano House Museum is located in Milan (Lima), on the second floor of a wonderful building built by architect Portaluppi. It is a historic home that houses the 20th-century art collection of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano, donated to the city of Milan in 1974 and opened to the public in 2003. About 300 works are on display in the house, including sculptures, drawings and paintings, including a room entirely dedicated to the Spatialists and works by great artists such as Fontana, Boccioni, Sironi and Morandi.

case-museo | Collater.al
case-museo | Collater.al

#2 Varese – Casa museo Lodovico Pogliaghi

In the small village of Santa Maria del Monte, with a beautiful view of Lake Varese, is the villa built entirely by Lodovico Pogliaghi, an eclectic artist who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries and who, among other things, was the author of the central doors of Milan Cathedral.
Today the house museum is owned by the Ambrosiana and is open to the public, except during the winter period. If the exterior is striking for its sculptural beauty and garden, the interior captivates with the variety of its collection. The exedra of marbles displays a Greco-Roman collection ranging from statues to vases, the large light-filled hall features a plaster cast of the Duomo door, and the rest of the house features Japanese, Chinese, Egyptian sarcophagi, and fine Oriental textiles.

case-museo | Collater.al
case-museo | Collater.al

#3 Verona – Casa museo Palazzo Maffei 

In the heart of Verona is Palazzo Maffei, a wunderwammer spanning two thousand years of history. From ancient art to modernity, its owner Luigi Carlon collected over fifty years a wide variety of works set within an elegant and refined setting decorated with stucco and frescoes. Picasso, Duchamp, Balla, Magritte and Modigliani are just some of the artists the apartment houses.

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case-museo | Collater.al

#4 Lido di Spina, Comacchio – Casa museo Remo Brindisi

In the coastal pine forest of Lido di Spina, a short distance from the sea, is the museum house of Maestro Remo Brindisi, donated to the municipality of Comacchio in 1996. Already the building itself is a work of art, it was in fact created by architect-designer Nanda Vigo. The interior features a collection of 20th-century art and design that includes works by Italy’s greatest 20th-century artists including Burri, Fontana, Vedova and Manzoni, as well as foreign figures including Mirò, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. During the summer period, the house museum also opens its wonderful garden, dedicated to film screenings, music and theater performances.

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case-museo | Collater.al

#5 Varese – Villa Panza 

Again in Varese, there is a magnificent villa with an equally spectacular Italianate garden. It was owned by collector and Count Giovanni Panza and houses one of the world’s best-known collections of contemporary American art. Count Panza’s sensibility and impeccable taste allowed the construction of this precious light-centered collection, which, in addition to the display of wall and sculptural artworks, features a series of site-specific installations including those by Dan Flavin.

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case-museo | Collater.al

#6 Turin – Villa Cerruti, Castello di Rivoli 

The Cerruti House Museum as of 2019 is a museum hub of the Rivoli Castle and houses the collection of Francesco Federico Cerruti, an entrepreneur who passed away in 2015. His collection came to life in the 1960s and consists of works of art and books with the most precious bindings. From 14th-century masterpieces to works by the great masters of the 20th century, such as De Chirico and Magritte, to Warhol, Paolini, Bacon, and Burri. Once visible only to Cerruti and a few trusted friends, today it can be enjoyed by the entire community.

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case-museo | Collater.al

#7 Capri – Villa San Michele

On the beautiful island of Capri stands the Villa San Michele, once the property of Swedish physician Axel Munthe. Beyond the stunning view of the Gulf of Naples, the garden, already awarded Italy’s most beautiful garden, houses a Greek tomb and a granite sphinx. The interiors, in which black and white dominate, house works from the doctor’s collection, which was fascinated by the Greek and Roman past. Sculptures, bas-reliefs, mosaics, sarcophagi, carvings and architectural fragments enhance Munthe’s passion for classical art.

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case-museo | Collater.al

#8 Rome – Museo Praz

Mario Praz House Museum is located inside the Palazzo Primoli in Rome and contains more than 1,200 pieces including paintings, sculptures, furniture and furnishings collected by the art and literature critic during his lifetime. The collection consists of English furniture, French bronzes, Bohemian crystal, views of Italian and European cities, as well as portraits of the ruling families and is now a satellite museum of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome.

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case-museo | Collater.al
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Ivana Sfredda, If We Assimilate To Enjoy (And To Lose Ourselves)

Ivana Sfredda, If We Assimilate To Enjoy (And To Lose Ourselves)

Giorgia Massari · 2 days ago · Photography

I’m not sure if it’s the sexual component that catches my attention. Perhaps it’s some elements, especially snails, that evoke a sense of familiarity in me, but also nostalgia for something I can’t quite identify. There’s a call back to my childhood, and it’s precisely the snails that evoke it. They were my only playmates when I spent the summer in a remote mountain location, in my grandparents’ garden which after a storm became the perfect habitat for these small creatures, as slimy as they were curious. Back then, I would pick them up from their shells, place them on my arms, and let them slide over me, amused by the trail of slime they left on my skin. I didn’t know it then, but I was assimilating them. In fact, that’s exactly what Ivana Sfredda talks about in the photos she showed me a few weeks ago in her studio in Milan. Soak up is the title of the series still in work in progress that the Molisan photographer has been working on since 2022, or perhaps even earlier. Interpreting the Anglo-Saxon term “soak up” literally, it refers to the sensation of enjoyment perceived in the act of assimilation. A unique human and animal need, that of joining someone or something, of being connected, and of “annihilating the boundaries that delimit a body.”

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ivana sfredda

Ivana Sfredda’s macro shots do not contemplate any subject hierarchy. A strawberry in a man’s mouth, a group of worms intertwined, a droplet about to fall from an old faucet, all appear one after the other in a carousel of images that dance hand in hand in a perpetual circle, without jerks or arrogance. Hand in hand, united, assimilated into each other, in the other. So that in the act of encounter between two bodies, there is no longer a “my body” and “your body.” The power dynamics that humans have built in the relationship between artifact and nature are nullified. Perhaps this is where my childhood memory fits in, where it is clear that in that space-time arc, I did not know of this imposition, and no construct had yet had time to settle in the logic that today exists in me, the inequality of man > animal or even more so, artificial > nature.

ivana sfredda
ivana sfredda

But there is something beyond this unconsciousness or yet uncorrupted consciousness. Ivana explains it to me by citing Mario Perniola, a philosopher, writer, and theorist of contemporary art, delving into the sexuality mentioned earlier. Because it is clear that in the union of two bodies there is a tension that moves them towards each other, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be laden with a pleasurable end. Perhaps it’s just an unconscious need to lose one’s original form?

«Perniola identifies in sexuality a point of suspension that he defines as neutral sexuality: the detachment from one’s own body that implies a sense of estrangement, cybernetic and indeed neutral. This erotic impulse detaches itself from the pursuit of carnal pleasure in function of an intense contact where the organic and inorganic body becomes a meaningful surface. A very powerful communication system that leaps beyond the categories of human/artificial, human/animal, animal/artificial – relative to being as such – which traces the fluid architectures of an alternative body.»

ivana sfredda
ivana sfredda

As explained by Ivana Sfredda, in the encounter with the other, the self feels fulfilled. This reminds me of a book I read some time ago when I was searching for a more conscious self. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle – found in the “esotericism” section of a bookstore – actually talked about this. It discussed how the self exists only in the reflection in the other, when the annulment of the ego occurs, which only defines the boundaries of a prison where a false narrative of ourselves lives. So, in Ivana Sfredda’s shots, which she explains to me are a sort of exercise and play, all this is visually translated, as if to illustrate the daily and widespread existence of continuous equal and harmonious connections between elements that seem distant both in a hierarchical and semantic sense.

«The series focuses on the meaning of contact and relational energy, an exercise in imagining how these incomplete relationships can represent profound portals of learning.»

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ivana sfredda
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Alec Gill and Hessle Road photo archive

Alec Gill and Hessle Road photo archive

Anna Frattini · 2 days ago · Photography

Alec Gill is an English photographer, historian, and psychologist born in Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire county, famously known for its port. A few years ago, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Kickstarter to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary of the first photo taken for the project dedicated to Hessle Road with a book, and we’re discussing it here today. The archive of 7,000 photographs – taken with his Rolleicord twin-lens reflex camera – dates back to the decade between 1970 and 1980. There are 240 images included in The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive, and in each of them, one can feel the atmosphere of a very difficult historical moment for the residents. It marks the decline of the fishing industry and the demolitions of mass housing in the area.

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The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive

The book, launched on May 18th last year, was written and conceived by Iranzu Baker and Fran Méndez. In this interview with Port, Baker discusses some aspects of working with Alec Gill. The photographer – during the writing of the book – proved to be «endlessly curious, extremely determined and dedicated». During those years, Gill also focused on the lack of play areas for children and how younger generations adapted to the changes in the area. Another goal was certainly to freeze time before the end of an era. That of fishing in the area, ended with the Cod Wars starting from 1958 until 1972 and 1975. A piece of history that thanks to Gill has not been forgotten.

Gill’s is a genuine inclination towards the stories of the underdogs. The aim was to ensure that these stories were told, both now and at the time of the shots. The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive is not just a social study, therefore. It is a testament to the relationship Gill has established on a human level with his fellow citizens. Their stories seem to tell themselves in front of the photographer’s lens. Furthermore, the naturalness of the shots not only captures the theme of childhood but also communicates extremely functionally moments of the daily life of the inhabitants of Hassle Road.

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Nanni Licitra’s non-places

Nanni Licitra’s non-places

Giorgia Massari · 1 day ago · Photography

Nanni Licitra ‘s (1988) photographs focus primarily on non-places, anonymous and impersonal spaces that dot urban peripheries. Licitra transforms these marginal areas into other scenarios that acquire new meaning. We are talking about the series Hell end in Hell, whose images are emblematic reflections of a society in transformation, where the individual struggles to find a sense of belonging and identity in an increasingly chaotic and alienating context. The series, winner of the Liquida Photofestival Grant, on view in Turin from May 2 to 5, is a true socio-cultural analysis that reflects in toto the contradictions of contemporary society.

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Nanni Licitra ha iniziato la sua ricerca fotografica nel 2008 concentrandosi esclusivamente sulla fotografia analogica. Questa scelta non è casuale; infatti, la fotografia analogica richiede una pazienza e una precisione che si riflettono nel suo approccio distaccato e contemplativo. Licitra si pone come uno spettatore attento delle realtà che lo circondano, privilegiando uno sguardo che va oltre le apparenze per cogliere l’essenza delle cose. L’utilizzo dell’analogico da parte di Licitra non è solo una scelta tecnica, ma rappresenta anche una dichiarazione di intenti. In un’epoca dominata dalla velocità e dall’effimero delle immagini digitali, il fotografo siciliano opta per un ritmo più lento e contemplativo, che permette di approfondire le tematiche trattate e di trasmettere un senso di nostalgia e malinconia tipico dei non luoghi.

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MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

Giorgia Massari · 1 day ago · Photography

The preview of the eighth edition of MIA Photo Fair, the photography fair that returns to Milan every year with a selection of international artists, was held yesterday, April 10. This year it is no longer in the usual Superstudio Maxi, but moves next to the star of the week, Miart. So that, potentially, in one day the bravest can see two fairs by getting off at the Portello metro stop. Miart at gate 5 of Allianz MiCo while MIA Photo at gate 16. Getting to the point, let’s talk about what we liked. As is always the case, following the trade fair system, many of the exhibits are seen and seen again, but still enjoyable to review such as shots by established photographers of the caliber of Giovanni Gastel and Ugo Mulas, or even photojournalists Fausto Giaccone and Carlo Orsi. But, among the many evergreens we have unearthed a few new ones, perhaps a few names we have already heard, but not so much in our opinion. Therefore, we made a selection of our favorite booths.

#1 Maria Svarbova – ARTITLEDcontemporary (B022)

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#2 Irina Werning – OTM Gallery (B023)

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#3 Karla Hiraldo Voleau – Christophe Guye Galerie (B019)

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#4 Laetitia Ky – LIS10 Gallery (E014)

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#5 Giulia Frump – Young Art Hunters (F018)

#6 Paolo Ventura – MarcoRossi ArteContemporanea (A022)

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#7 Daniele Ratti – VisionQuest 4Rosso (C018)

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#8 Najla Said – Mashrabia Gallery (F005)

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#9 Angelo Formato – Welcome to my known collective exhibition

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#10 Thorsten Brinkmann – Galleria Fumagalli (A019)

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MIA Photo Fair will remain open until Sunday, April 14.

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