Galleria Civica di Trento
As announced in recent months, the Galleria Civica di Trento will be reopening in its historic site at via Belenzani 46, just a few steps from the heart of the city in piazza Duomo, Trento.
The management of the Galleria has been given to the Mart, Museo di arte contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, which confirms once more its ties with a lively, dynamic territory in which an integrated, cutting-edge museum system is taking form.
The new project for the Galleria Civica di Trento has arisen to seal the open-ended collaboration with those in the town: residents, tourists, individuals who are here on a transitory or improvised basis – and who nevertheless already offer and receive much in terms of culture and training – and with groups today cut out from quality social relations. It marks a project of integrated regeneration, respectful of local traditions and aware of how necessary it is to manage change, in such a way as to bear on the strengths of the Mart and also on consolidated resources and partnerships in Trento.
A permanent workshop of young talent, international professionals and an active, curious community, attentive to both the heritage and investments.
The Galleria’s activities will be developed on a seasonal basis and on themes identified beforehand, which will range from the latest art to 19th and 20th-century projects, exploring the languages of art and architecture.
Moreover, the Galleria Civica will became the headquarters of the ADAC or Archivio degli artisti contemporanei trentini (Archive of contemporary artists from the Trentino), whose research on the territory encourages the training, product and distribution of local artists, and draws the interest of researchers, curators, gallery owners and cultural operators.
The competition for the architectural restyling
In order to renew the spaces for the reopening, the Mart has invited the Order of Architects of Trento to launch a competition for the design of the overall refurbishment of the Galleria, open to professionals under the age of 35. The competition has shown itself to be a precious opportunity for young architects, able to tackle a project involving international museum excellence.
Of the 32 projects presented, the winner was the one by Stefano Grigoletto (Rovereto, 1985) presented to the city last 10th May. The commission, formed of the Mart’s director, Cristiana Collu, the president of the Order of Architects of Trento, Alberto Winterle, of Nicola Di Battista, a professor and architect, and of two other architects, Giovanni Marzari and Giovanni Maria Filindeu, rewarded his project for its overall architectural quality. In particular, the originality of an idea that radically revises the Galleria’s rooms while maintaining a felicitous balance between the need for a versatile space and that of creating a space with a clearly recognisable character, was appreciated.
The first exhibition
On the occasion of the Galleria’s reopening, it was decided to tackle a theme already much explored by the Mart but in an entirely new way: the work of the Trento-born artist Umberto Moggioli. In particular, the exhibition will focus on the links between the artist and Ca’ Pesaro, in a comparison between his work and that of Umberto Boccioni, Gino Rossi, Arturo Martini, Felice Casorati, Pio Semeghini and Tullio Garbari.
Curated by Alessandro Del Puppo, lecturer in the history of contemporary art at the University of Udine, an expert in the Ca’ Pesaro years, the exhibition will open in the refurbished rooms of the Galleria Civica on 19th October and run until 8th December, 2013.
Galleria Civica Trento
Margherita de Pilati
ADAC – Archivio trentino Documentazione Artisti Contemporanei
Via Belenzani 44
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