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Thursday 27 October 2011 Training Seminary, Bologna
The results of the Progetto Multilaterale Comenius “Aqueduct. Acquisire Competenze Chiave attraverso l’Educazione al Patrimonio Culturale” will be presented at a training seminary in Bologna on Thursday 27 October 2011. The project, where the IBC (Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali della regione Emilia-Romagna) is the Italian partner, is coordinated by the Landcommandery Alden Biesen, Belgium and enjoys financial support from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. During the day (shown live on www.scuolaer.it), the pilot projects created in Italy for Aqueduct and the study cases gathered in the various participating countries will be illustrated. These include the educational “Totem sensoriale” project devised by Manuela Alessandrini and Andrea Sòcrati of the Museo Tattile Statale Omero and constructed by the pupils of the Scuola Media Donatello (Istituto Comprensivo Cittadella Archi-Sud, Ancona, Head teacher Daniela Romagnoli and link teacher Silvana Rota Martir). The sensory totem was specially created for the Cattedrale di San Ciriaco, Ancona in order to make it fully accessible to non-sighted and partially-sighted people. It consists of a series of tactile panels which explain and illustrate the architecture of the building. They will be situated at an information point within the church itself.
A group of experts will also present the Aqueduct handbook, the end result of the project. This seminary is organised by the IBC, in collaboration with the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Assessorato for schools, professional training, university and research and work. It is open to all teachers and cultural operators working in Italy. There will also be representatives of the winning projects in the “Io Amo i Beni Culturali” competition for ideas to increase appreciation of culture and heritage. The aim of this competition was to generate spin-offs from the Aqueduct project in the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Those wishing to attend the seminary must register by Sunday 23 October 2011 (places are limited). At the end of the day, all participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Monday 31 October at 8,30 pm Ristorante Il Cardeto, Ancona
Organization: Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti Onlus, Sezone di Ancona in collaboration with Risorante Il Cardeto.
An evening dedicated to the rediscovery of the senses: hearing, taste, smell, touch. For once, leave behind all the information that sight provides and give free reign to your ability to taste and imagine without the influence of your eyes. You will also discover just how much sight overrides the other senses! An evening you will certainly enjoy.
But also an occasion that will put all your senses to the test.
Cost: 30 Euros.
Booking is essential (up to Friday 28 October): Ristorante Cardeto di Ancona (Via Cardeto, 8/10, Ancona – tel. 071 2074664) or Barbara Roefaro cell. 340 7891363.
From 27 October 2011 until 30 April 2012 Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Via Tiziano 50 Inauguration Thursday 27 October, 6 pm
In memory of Roberto Farroni who worked very hard to realise this exhibition, the fruit of years of collaboration with the Louvre.
The way the human body moves, its strength, grace, potential energy, sensuality, calm has been a major theme of art for centuries and has naturally found powerful expression in the field of sculpture. The Borghese Gladiator, Michelangelo’s rebel Slave and Giambologna’s Mercury are universally known and loved. These are true symbols of Western civilisation, which represent not only the development of its artistic language and forms, but also the evolution of time, the history of man and society. The Louvre has created an exhibition, entitled “Le mouvement sculpté – Sculpted movement”, which illustrates this historic-artistic itinerary.
18 works from the Parisian Museum are featured. They have already enjoyed great success in China and Taiwan and will be on show in Ancona at the Museo Omero, in its galleries in Via Tiziano 50, from 27 October until 30 April 2012, reconfirming the long-standing scientific collaboration between the two institutions. These are works of great value, copies from the originals of well-known sculptures and reliefs in plaster and resin. They are grouped in five categories that show the body in various types of movement: straining, dancing, running, flying, falling.
The exhibition, curated by Geneviève Bresc Bautier, Conservatore generale incaricato of the Louvre’s Sculpture Department and by Cyrille Gouyette, general manager of the Louvre’s activities for disabled visitors, enables a public which often has very little access to a culture of the image, to build up stylistic and formal references. The layout of the exhibition helps the visitor to understand the meaning of movement in a sculpture and considers the works on show from various points of view so as to render their spatiality to the full. In the catalogue Bresc Bautier and Gouyette write: “Everyone will acquire a knowledge of sculpture through different technical and iconographical approaches. Various levels of reading are therefore possible: from simple recognition of the forms up to a more knowledgeable exploration. Furthermore, it is indispensable for the disabled public to refer to their own body when confronted with representations of the human body. Sculpture perceived through touch, offers the possibility of aesthetic pleasure and of direct knowledge. The casts in plaster or resin are accompanied by legends and panels in Braille and large print. Visitors will be able to understand the construction and lines of force of the sculptures, and discover the details of the reliefs”.
Works like The Soldier flexing his bow, The Amazon, Icarus and Daedalus, the Dancer, Diana and the Victory of Samothrace are a fascinating gallery not only of an explosion of physicality and corporeality, but also of the soul, because even through touch, the hand and heart of the artists who carved them emerge to be understood, and to delight us now as they have for centuries. The clear, efficacious exhibition layout designed by Massimo Di Matteo, together with the coordination of the project by Roberto Farroni and Aldo Grassini, make the Louvre-Omero exhibition an occasion not to be missed for two reasons: its high artistic quality and its relevance as an important moment of study and research on alternative techniques and methodologies for approaching aesthetic art.
“Bello e accessible” – The Museo Omero’s Travelling Section
Accompanying the Louvre exhibition is “Bello and accessible”, the core of the Museo Omero’s new Travelling Section which has been set up with the help of a contribution from Società Arcus, a Society for the development of art, culture and the theatre from Rome. On show for the first time are the works making up the first part of the Travelling section. The Section will be completed by the start of 2012 and will comprise 24 works; some are new acquisitions, others come from the Museum’s own collection. Of the 24 works, 14 are reproductions from original works of Antique art, 8 are original works of modern-contemporary art and there are two architectural models, all grouped on the basis of theme and correlation. Among the most significant recent works are Busto di giovane by Felice Tagliaferri, Porta d’Oriente by Floriano Ippoliti, Ingranaggio by Umberto Mastroianni, Moses by Michelangelo and the Dama del Mazzolino by Andrea Verrocchio feature among the works of Classical art and there is a new model of the Parthenon. The Travelling section of the Museo Omero was created to promote a tactile, multi-sensory approach to art and also to diffuse the idea of a barrier-free culture in Italy and abroad.
Admission: Free. English-speaking guide available – please request when booking your visit. Opening times: from Tuesday to Saturday: 9 -13; 15 -19; Sundays: 16 – 19.30. 6th January, 25th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 1st November, 8th and 26th December: 16 – 19.30. Latest admission – winter timetable: 6pm. Closed: Mondays, 25th and 31st December, 1st January, Easter. Where: Museo Tattile Statale Omero Via Tiziano 50 Ancona. Tel. +39 (0)71 28 11 935. Email: email@example.com.
Poland, Museum of Slesia, Katowice. 14 October 2011 – 8 January 2012. Inauguration Friday 14 October 2011, 5 pm.
Now Poland welcomes Ancona’s Museo Omero.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Krakow promoted “The beauty del touch” exhibition which was inaugurated at the Museum of Silesia, Katowice on Friday 14 October. The exhibition was organised and created by the Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona. As further confirmation of the great cultural and social interest in the Ancona Museum expressed at an international level, it should be remembered that this event originated in response to a specific request from the Cultural Institute.
The show, which is open until 8 January 2012, features a selection of 33 works from the Museo Omero collection. There are copies of famous works of Antiquity, from the sculptures of ancient Greece to the Renaissance (Venus de Milo, Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo ‘s Pietà), which give a taste of European culture and art in a complete historical scheme as well as small volumetric models of famous buildings which provide visitors with a global vision of the history of architecture in that period. This exhibition breaks the mould of museum management in Poland and is the starting point for a series of new initiatives promoted by the Museum of Silesia whose principal objective is to render European cultural heritage accessible to everyone, to people with various cognitive disabilities and to non sighted and partially sighted people in particular.
The Museum’s promotional DVD, “La grande Luce”, has been specially translated into Polish for the occasion.
On 13 October, a delegation from the Museo Omero, made up of its founder Aldo Grassini and its special project manager Andrea Sòcrati, took part in the conference accompanying the opening of the exhibition. Their talks were centred on the Museo Omero’s role as reference point for artistic and aesthetic education.
The exhibition will move on to the Museum of Bielsko Biala from 1 February to 15 April 2012.