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“What had to happen”

A personal intervention with several voices by Giovanni Gaggia
curated by Stefano Verri
from 27 December 2020
Museo Tattile Statale Omero

The 20th century and Contemporary area of the Museo Omero opens its doors to an experience of art as civic memory, hosting a work by Giovanni Gaggia entitled “What had to happen”.

It takes the form of a tapestry created by the artist and performer from Le Marche, on the fortieth anniversary of the Ustica massacre, which theoretically closes a cycle that has occupied Giovanni Gaggia for ten years.

The Ustica massacre also affected Ancona, the native city of the Davanzali family, shipowners and owners of the Itavia airline whose DC-9 was shot down on June 27, 1980, in circumstances which have not yet been fully explained.
81 people died in the tragedy which changed the fate of many families, leaving behind a trail of secrets and pain.

Giovanni Gaggia’s work is an intimate journey that evolves in the slowness and techniques of embroidery, transforming artistic action into an act of meditation, where the artist sublimates the facts that are fading into history and politics, and highlights the plurality of the stories, voices, lives, feelings.

Aldo Grassini, President of the Museo Omero, welcomed the work with these words: “Art is a game that searches for beauty. When art meets civic commitment, a twofold emotion is ignited: play and commotion. Art is the game of inventing truth; truth is commotion that does not permit play.

But the pleasure of art humanizes the terrible, harsh memory of the Ustica tragedy; the game of art merges with a meditation on profound values, absolute warnings and imperative appeals, generating a fascinating, vertigo-like, pleasure, of walking along a thread that stretches between the memory of the inhuman and the light of justice regained, in the citizen’s conscience at least.”

The work is accompanied by a series of audio contributions. People active in the world of Italian art and culture reflect on the relationship between art and memory.

At the end of the exhibition, the work will be formally enclosed in a metal tube bearing a Braille inscription and will remain at the Museo Omero.

The voice, mirror of the soul

From February 17th to March 24th 2021.

The Museo Tattile Statale Omero, in collaboration with the Amici della Lirica “Franco Corelli” of Ancona, has organized a series of online conferences entitled “The voice, mirror of the soul”.

The voice as instrument that gives form to one’s thoughts, expresses ideas, sensations, emotions. The voice as mirror of the soul, which reveals its personality through its inflections and cadences.
Our scholars and artists will talk about the role of the voice in the arts and the various ways it is used: in the theatre, vocal music, opera, dubbing.

You can watch, and join in, the meetings which will be held on the Museo Omero’s Zoom platform from 18:00 to 19:30 during February and March 2021. Registration is free but limited: send an e-mail to or follow the live stream on the Museo Omero YouTube page.


  • Wednesday 17 February
    La voce specchio del tempo
    (The voice, mirror of time)
    Roberto Morpurgo, writer. Theatrical author and director, he collaborates with the Radio of Italian Switzerland.
  • Wednesday 24 February
    Cantami o divo
    (Sing to me, my God) – History gets to work
    Alberto Mattioli, writer, music critic at La Stampa of Turin.
  • Wednesday 3 March
    Melo-Dramma: Quando il Canto si fa Teatro
    (When singing becomes theatre)
    Piero Mioli, writer, lecturer in Music History at the Bologna Conservatory.
  • Tuesday 9 March
    “Da Tiranno ad Amante”
    (From Tyrant to Lover). Male voices in melodrama.
    Gabriele Cesaretti, literature teacher, writer and journalist, collaborates with numerous national newspapers
  • Wednesday 24 March
    “La voce è la tua impronta digitale – Il teatro. Il doppiaggio. La vita
    ” Your voice is your fingerprint – The theatre. Dubbing. Life
    Luca Violini, actor and voice actor. Founder of Quellicheconlavoce.
  • Wednesday April 7 (postponed from March 17)
    “Al Tuo Perpetuo Canto” (To Your Perpetual Song). Female voices in melodrama.
    Cristiano Veroli, musicologist. He regularly collaborates with the Fondazione dell’Orchestra Regionale delle Marche.
  • Thursday April 8
    A meeting to celebrate the centenary of Franco Corelli’s birth
    Fabio Brisighelli, music critic

“Touching art on the radio”: second edition 2021

We’re ready to go on air again!

After our first experience last spring, we are resuming our meetings about art on Slash Radio Web, the official radio of the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
There will be ten live-web broadcasts of “Touching art on the radio”, curated by the staff of the Museo Omero and presented by the journalist Chiara Gargioli.

The aim is to get to know some of the artists whose works feature in the museum collection, in an informal, friendly way. There will be detailed descriptions of the exhibits so as to make the broadcast fully accessible.

Our 40-minute programmes will go on air at 3:20pm, every Thursday from February 4th to April 8th 2021. Live on the Facebook page of Slash Radio Web.

Programme calendar

  • 4 February: Giuliano Vangi in conversation with Aldo Grassini.
  • 11 February: Le divinità non passano mai di moda (The Gods never go out of fashion). Curated by Alessia Varricchio.
  • 18 February: Tensione dinamica (Dynamic tension). Monica Bernacchia interviews the sculptor Tiziana Felicioni.
  • 24 February: Walter Valentini – Superfici e Di-segni (Surfaces and De-signs). Curated by Andrea Socrati.
  • 4 March: Colloquio di senso (Colloquium of meaning) around Pietro Consagra. Annalisa Trasatti interviews Mercedes Autieri.
  • 11 March: Felice Tagliaferri in conversation with Aldo Grassini.
  • 18 March: Alik Cavaliere – l’uomo è natura (- man is nature). Monica Bernacchia interviews Fania Cavaliere.
  • 25 March: The Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. Andrea Socrati talks to Carlotta Montebello about its origin and development.
  • 1 April: Bruno Ceccobelli in conversation with Annalisa Trasatti.
  • 8 April: A fil rouge between East and West. Curated by Alessia Varricchio.

Reopening February 1, 2021

There’s always a first time!

The Museo Omero reopens to the public tomorrow, 1 February – the first time in 2021 and the first time on a Monday.

Our opening times and days have changed due to the Covid restrictions and as the Marche Region has now been downgraded to a yellow zone, we can welcome you on weekdays. We remain closed at weekends and on public holidays.

Here are our new opening times: Monday to Friday 16:00 – 19:00.
Saturday and Sunday: closed.
Another novelty: booking is compulsory.
Call or send a whatsapp to 335 56 96 985 from Monday to Friday – 9:00 to 13:00 or during our opening hours.

Admission is limited to a maximum of 10 people per room.
We’ll take your temperature at the entrance and help you fill in your self-certification form. We’ll then provide you with the disposable gloves you’ll need to fully enjoy your experience by touching the works.
You’ll obviously have to come with a mask and wear it throughout the visit, keeping a distance of 2 metres from people outwith your bubble.
Fortunately, our rooms are large and can be aired frequently every day.

You will also find an exhibition by Giovanni Gaggia – Quello che doveva accadere (What had to happen).