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Friulian Musem of Photography (Castle Museums)

Piazzale Patria del Friuli 1 Udine

until 10 March 2024


Sclavanie, the Friulian Slavia, is the historical-geographical area located on the border between Italy and Slovenia, which has a very complex and unique linguistic structure, thanks to its geographical position that makes it an obligatory crossing point on the north-south, east-west European routes.

Here, Latin and Slavic languages meet, the legacy of a past that saw these populations living side by side, a microcosm in which Davide Degano (1991-) sinks some of his roots.

Sclavanie, for Davide Degano, is today a photographic project with an ethnographic gaze, a research and investigation into memory, into making community and into inhabiting a land that has gradually been depopulated, but in which traditions and culture resist.

Photography allows for a perspective reading of the contemporary: starting from the observation of the landscape, from a look at the forms of living, from the relationship with nature, from being a community linked to traditions, it leads to a reflection on what are the possible development scenarios of this territory, opportunities or threats for the future.

The investigation of the themes of emigration and depopulation of mountain villages is linked to the rediscovery of places that allow a good quality of life, to a new vision of the relationship with nature and forms of living.

Gallery of Ancient Art (Castle Museums)

Piazzale Patria del Friuli, 1, Udine

from 25 November 2023 to 7 April 2024

Palazzo Attems Petzenstein (Provincial Museums)

Piazzale Edmondo de Amicis, 2, Gorizia

from 14 December 2023 to 7 April 2024

curated by Liliana Cargnelutti, Vania Gransinigh and Alessandro Quinzi

The dual-venue exhibition aims to highlight the eighteent-century artistic and cultural osmosis in what is now Friuli Venezia Giulia, a disputed land between Venice, which until Napoleon’s invasion (1797) controlled the “Homeland of Friuli”, and the Habsburg Empire, which dominated Gorizia, Trieste and contiguous Slovenia. The suppression of the Patriarchate of Aquileia (1751) marked the separation between these tow areas, characterised by different languages, traditions and visions. However, this was not the case for art: in the eighteenth century, indeed, men and women who ferried their original ways of expressing art into these unaccustomed territories and found them receptive.

The County of Gorizia, for instance, soon became an important junction for those Venetian artists aiming to establish themselves in the Imperial lands. Exemplary are the cases of Giulio Quaglio or that of the Pacassi family, which first moved from Venice to Gorizia and in the second decade of the eighteenth century, with Giovanni Pacassi and the sculptor Pietro Baratta extended, with success, the activity to Vienna. The growth of the city and its hinterland, in connection with the architectural renewal of the churches in a post-Tridentine and Baroque sense, saw towards the middle of the century the establishment of the workshops of Pietro Bainville from Palmezzo, Antonio Paroli, with an outspoken Venetian background, and Johann Michael Lichtenreit, a Bavarian but adopted Gorizia. Individual episodes of qualified commissions stand out against this panorama. Prominent among this dense web of relationships are important commissions: Count Sigismondo Attems Petzenstein commissioned the Veronese Giambettino Cignaroli for the family altar, while Count Livio Lantieri created a collection of pastels by Francesco Pavona. A fashion, that of the pastel, which took hold after Emperor Charles VI’s visit to the city in 1728 when Rosalba Carriera reached the Isonzo capital, also moved by the hope, which would prove well-founded, of forging relations with the Viennese high nobility. On that very occasion she also portrayed some members of the Lantieri family.

In the same period, the history of Venetian Friuli was marked by the social rise of families of recent nobility such as the Manin family, while the personalities of Giovanni, Dionisio and Daniele Dolfin in the guise of Patriarchs of Aquileia ensured, in this strip of the Venetian mainland, the consolidation of a figurative culture of a predominantly Venetian brand.

Casa Cavazzini

via Cavour 14 Udine

7 December 2023 - 28 April 2024


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The exhibition Gino Valle. Profession as Continuous Experimentation, curated by Francesca Albani and Franz Graf, in collaboration with the Studio Valle Archive of Udine, with the patronage of the Academy of Mendrisio, the Order of Architects Planners Landscapers and Conservators of the Province of Udine, Confindustria and technical sponsor Fantoni, is the first outcome of an international research project aimed at a thematic reinterpretation of Gino Valle's activity between the 1950s and the early 1980s.

The intense activity of Gino, an architect from Udine born in 1923, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated this year, is widely known, but until now many nuances have remained under the radar. These concern the collective aspect of his work within the Studio and his deep involvement in the social, architectural and cultural debate of the time, to which he always gave a personal and original response. The selection of works proposed in the exhibition is intended to be representative of this collective work over a wide time span, from Gino's graduation thesis in 1948 to the 1980s, and of the breadth of the themes addressed both in his homeland, Friuli, and in different parts of Italy and the world. Gino Valle's architectural production is the result of many stimuli, from the architectural and cultural ones of the working group within the studio, to those derived from the different social contexts in which he operated. Many were the stimuli coming from clients or from the topicality of the issues under discussion, as well as from the specific conditions of the different assignments.

The great built heritage that Gino Valle has left us, extremely articulated and anchored to the places and time in which it was produced, represents an important testimony not only of the activity of one of the most multifaceted and refined designers of the second half of the 20th century, but also of the society whose cultural, economic and political instances he produced. Re-reading today the work of one of the architecture studios that continuously produced some of the most relevant works of the time, interpreting from time to time the different cultural and social instances, must lead to the awareness that their permanence represents an important moment within Italian culture and a vital presence for the contemporary multi-layered city.

Ethnographic Museum of Friuli

Palazzo Giacomelli (via Grazzano 1 Udine)

from 20 January to 3 March 2024

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pm

The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Corte degli Artisti (Sedegliano), presents a journey through Raku art and Zen philosophy.

The works on display, created by the artists of the Accademia del Raku (Udine), interpret the malaise of modern society by offering a way to face and overcome it.

Raku art, aimed at achieving a serene life through detachment from today's materialistic excesses, focuses on the search for irregularity, improvisation, primordiality and imperfections.

The exhibition will be enriched by guided tours and workshops (in Italian).

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