© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
Before the introduction of sun umbrellas, big rectangular tents were hung on wooden poles stuck in the sand, in order to give shelter to tourists on the beach. Thanks to the intuition of Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, in Cesenatico (Riviera Adriatica, Italy) these sunshelters have become big canvases for painting on, giving life to a real open air art exhibition in an unusual and at the same time enchanting scenery.
Each year, the open-air exhibition of sunshades is dedicated to the works of a different artist: the first was Dario Fo (1998), followed by Tono Zancanaro (2000), Emanuele Luzzati (2001), Bruno Munari (2003), Federico Fellini (2006). Last year the exhibition was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy, with works created by poet, author and screenwriter Tonino Guerra – who passed away some months ago – and produced by the craft’s workshop “Bottega Pascucci” in Gambettola.
This year the tents at the sea are dedicated to another grandmaster who recently passed away, artist Ilario Fioravanti from Cesena. The printing house Pascucci has interpreted the late master’s coloured sketches having a circus theme. The twenty beautiful tents are waving under the sun on the public beach (in Andrea Costa square) next to Cesenatico ‘s skyscraper. The exhibition will be open till September 9, 2012.
The sunshades in the past were the typical furniture on the whole beach of Cesenatico. Visitors and tourists have now the way to relax themselves under the pleasant shadow admiring fascinating pieces of art.
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