On the evening of Saturday, May 18, many places in Italy join the “European Museum Night”: from Villa Cattolica to the medieval tower of San Niccolò at Albegheria
The view of the Cathedral from Palazzo Asmundo
Art at nightfall across the continent: Saturday, May 18, 2019, the “European Museum Night” is also celebrated in Sicily, a great event for which museums, monumental complexes, areas and participating archaeological parks remain open until late. at the symbolic price of one euro
The list of places and events on a national scale are available on the institutional channels of the MiBAC – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, but in the meantime we see – until now – which places to visit in the moonlight in Sicily.
Villa Cattolica – Guttuso Museum, in Bagheria: (information on number 366 8035918) surrounded by greenery, the monumental complex of the Villa is the result of numerous transformations starting from the adaptation of an ancient fortified farm with tower and beam, belonging first to the bourgeois and then to the Carmelite Fathers of Palermo.
Finally it became the property, in 1736, of the prince of Cattolica Eraclea Francesco Bonanno, to make it a summer residence that adapted it to the Baroque style. After various vicissitudes that you can discover by clicking here, since 1973, thanks to the generous donation by the master Renato Guttuso, it houses the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bagheria and today also the remains of the painter.
Opens the underwater archeology section of the Naxos Museum set up in the rooms of the sixteenth-century coastal tower (information on 0942 51001): building built under the Spanish empire of Charles V to allow the population to control the sea and be able to spot boats remotely of the Ottomans.
The tower has been restored and, after two months of work, returns to host the collection of underwater artefacts: stone and lead anchors, amphorae for wine and oil, lava stone millstones.
In Palermo we find the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Piazza Sant’Anna that adheres to the international event: starting at 5.30 pm and until midnight the entrance to the museum will be free (last entry at 11 pm) and the exhibition “Ferdinando Scianna . Journey Memory Story “with reduced ticket.
The House Museum in the Genius Room (information on numbers 329 8765958 and 320 7672134): visitors can appreciate the painted majolica flooring and the late eighteenth century frescoes of the early nineteenth century.
An immense hidden heritage of ancient majolica, to which other collections have also been added over the years. The more than 5 thousand exposed majolica, of Neapolitan and Sicilian origin (end of the 16th century – beginning of the 20th century) are distributed in the noble floor of Palazzo Torre Piraino, where smaller collections of old toys, tin cans can also be admired. era, stationery, ink bottles, advertising labels from the mid-20th century and a new section of contemporary ceramics.
Palazzo Asmundo al Cassaro Alto (information on numbers 329 8765958 and 320 7672134): a princely residence that preserves superb frescoes by Gioacchino Martorana in 1764 with magnificent allegories that praise earthly and divine justice, thus celebrating the role of justice president of the client Giuseppe Asmundo.
A unique artistic complex, considered one of the most eloquent testimonies of the aristocratic world of past centuries: with the multi-faceted collections of Sicilian ceramics, census bricks, Neapolitan and French porcelain, vases, fans, embroidery, copious cartographic documentation and numismatics, carriages and sedans, we read the exceptional signs of culture, tradition and Sicilian identity.
Medieval tower of San Niccolò (information on numbers 329 8765958 and 320 7672134): attached to the church stands a slender quadrangular construction with well-squared ashlars, it is the fourteenth-century civic tower which is part of the defensive system of the city. Built by the Palermo Universitas to defend the walls of the “Cassaro”, it was not part of the church structures but was isolated and isolated.
“Tower of excellence”, perhaps the highest in Palermo, having lost the meaning of defense, wanted to refine it and lose its austere appearance, applying it to the second level of the mullioned windows with a frame of inlays. The tower, divided into four levels, was built with large ashlar stones, using squared tufaceous boulders, which give it a rigorous and severe line.
Museum of theatrical costume at the Chiazzese palace (information on numbers 329 8765958 and 320 7672134): the first structure in southern Italy dedicated to the historical exhibition of theatrical costume. Thanks to the project the century-old history and the remarkable artisan and documentary heritage of the Pipi family are brought to light. The exhibition inside the structure has been divided into three areas: the history of the Pipi family, the original costume center, the operas.
Ancient museum Tutone company (information on numbers 329 8765958 and 320 7672134): the F.lli Tutone Anice Unico S.p.a. was born in 1813, a period in which the Palermo nobility spent their days in front of the “Santa Cecilia” Theater and Piazza Rivoluzione, the place where the Tutone family carried out the production of the historic beverage.
The historic workshop had now become a crossroads for passers-by, a place where travelers found refreshment, regenerating themselves with a glass of water and a few drops of Anise Unico; from there passed the Sicilian nobility, the thousand of Garibaldi and the army of the great war. At the end of the second world war, in the full of the rebirth and in the period of the reconstruction, the fourth generation of the Tutone Family decided to transform the realization of the historic drink in a real company.
The Ecomuseum Mare Memoria Viva offers a rich program of events that will revolve around the figure of Gianfranco Zavalloni, an extraordinary teacher and pedagogist, author of the “Pedagogy of the snail. For a slow and non-violent school “and the” Natural rights of Bimbe and Bimbe “, the latter inspiring all the activities of 2019 by Maredù – Ecomuseum Education Department.
The evening will open in the afternoon with readings inspired by the educational thought of Zavalloni by Davide Schirò of the DUDI Library which will be present with the bookshop. This will be followed by a round table in which Stefania Fenizi Zavalloni will talk about her husband’s pedagogical thought and the activities of the “Ludoteca delle Parole” in Rimini, which collected the baton left by Zavalloni. After the meeting the museum remains open until midnight. It will be possible, with a free contribution, to take an aperitif by Cotti in Fragranza and participate for free in the PalermoScienza laboratories.
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