Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca - Saturday, 20 July 2024

T The Exhibits

“My whale” - Maurizio Sacripanti's museum on the Giona river in Maccagno

“My whale”
Maurizio Sacripanti's museum on the Giona river in Maccagno

The exhibition traces the planning process of the Civico Museo Parisi Valle, a significant work of Italian architecture in the second half of the twentieth century on the banks of Lake Maggiore crossing the Giona river.
The building is the result of the spatial vision of Maurizio Sacripanti (1916-1996), a Roman architect and University professor, who had always been a close observer and a follower of the art scene of his time. The museum was founded after the sculptor Giuseppe Parisi (1915-2008) had donated his collection to the municipalityof Maccagno, Parisi’s birthplace.
An exchange of contacts that link Parisi and Sacripanti to Giulio Carlo Argan and Bruno Zevi led to the participation of the Roman architect, who, in this project, displays his ability to interpret places and their potential, emphasising the concept that was dear to him: the bridge as a place par excellence for connecting people.
An initial draft, foreseeing a larger centre of education and creativity on the banks of the Giona river, developed in 1979, was soon replaced by the ultimate project in 1980. The new plan shifts the building onto the river, thus creating a “museum over the waterfall”, according to Paolo Portughesi’s concise definition, a public space for art that also serves as a link between the two parts of the village, Maccagno Inferiore and Maccagno Superiore.
Thanks to the contribution of material from the Maurizio Sacripanti Fund of the National Academy of San Luca in Rome, the Maurizio Sacripanti Archive in the MAXXI Architecture Collection in Rome and documents from the municipal archives of Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca, the exhibition retraces the various phases of the project and documents the complex construction process, which started in 1981 and was completed in 1998. The show displays the high quality and the undeniable fascination of the interior perspectives and settings that reveal the excellent designing skills of the architect.
Sacripanti’s work, including both conceptual research and constructed and nonconstructed projects, is also at the heart of the Spatial Sequence by the
photographer Allegra Martin, a reflection in images created for this exhibition and narrated through videos, interviews and documents.

The exhibition will remain open until 2 July 2023.
Hours: Friday from 15.00 to 19.00 Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00

Exhibition itinerary

01 - My whale

02 Die lange Geschichte des "The long history of the "museum over the waterfall”"

03- Maurizio Sacripanti: a biography

04 - 1977-79 Giuseppe Parisi's donation and the project by engineer Giuseppe Noris

05 - 1979. The museum 'on the banks' and the 'outline project'"

06 - 1980. 'My Whale': the 'Original Project’

07 - 1980. A museum against the 'death of art'."

08 - August 1980: the museum opens up to the landscape

09 - 1983. The 'grounding' of the ship

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Opening time

15.00 - 19.00
Saturday and Sunday:
10.00 - 12.00 / 15.00 - 19.00

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Civico Museo Parisi Valle
via Leopoldo Giampaolo 1
21061 Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca
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