(HE)ART PLACES / THE NIGHT (AND THE SILENCE) IN THE FASCINATING MEDIEVAL TUSCANY VILLAGE

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

The historical centre of Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena, Tuscany, Italy) is a well kept medieval fortress-village, where you may walk through incredible narrow streets and squares, all built with the local grey stone.

The castle of Abbadia is first mentioned in a document dating to 1203, which shows that the community came under the aegis of a communal hierarchy headed by a Podestà, under the political control of Orvieto. A few years later, the strenght and power of this communal organization are described in the “bill of freedom” (“Carta delle libertà”) granted in 1212 to communal chancellors by the Abbot of the San Salvatore monastery.

The pattern of settlements in the area of Abbadia was defined around the mid-XII Century, when under the pressure of external threats, the local population, up until then scattered over the surrounding countryside, came together within one large fortified settlement.

The Abbey and all the Medieval centre are telling us how Abbadia San Salvatore was important in the past. All its area is rich in history and traditions, that to a great extent can be found in documents in the old archive belonging to the monastery dedicated to the Saviour. The archive contains many references to the importance and power of the Abbey.

In Abbadia we may also admire the Servadio Theatre (1873), a tiny but fascinating place. It was built thanks to the initiative of the Carli and Gragnoli families; it is dedicated to Giacomo Servadio (XIX Century) a Florentine member of Italian Parliament, banker, musician and theatre producer. Between the end of XIX Century and the beginning of the XX, the building was the seat of a friendly Society of the workers of Abbadia, where in XIX Century quicksilver mines began their activities, now closed and presented in a museum.

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THE NEW CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM OF MARCHE (ITALY) WILL KEEP A ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS WORK

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – C’E’ DEL CAOS MA CON UN PUNTO FOCALE, LACER/ACTIONS

There will be also an artwork created by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions” art project among the pieces that will be in permanent exhibition at the “St. Francis Contemporary Art Museum” which is  being born in Mercatello sul Metauro, a picturesque and fascinating medieval town in the centre of Italy (Marche region, in Pesaro Urbino territory).

This beautiful and praiseworthy initiative is carried out with enthusiasm by the local City Council and by Mayor Giovanni Pistola, by Pro Loco (tourism promotion association), by artist sculptor Pasquale Martini (curator of the Museum) and with the collaboration of the whole community, from families to schools, involved also in a particular campaign called “Adoption of an artwork.”

This extraordinary modern art collection (more than 150 pieces) will be kept in the ancient and medieval “St.Francis” convent now transformated in a beautiful  museum centre and a reference point for art and culture. The opening of “St. Francis Contemporary Art Museum”is scheduled for September 2012.

Roberto Alborghetti, as all the other artists hosted in this collection devoted to modern art, was proud to donate his work accepting the invitation he received from the curator and artist Pasquale Martini and from artist Maestro Carlo Iacomucci (who is one of the exhibitors too). Martini and Iacomucci viewed some of Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/Actions – Images of Torn (publi)City –   focusing their attention on an image that, according to them, depicts  and interprets the sense of Alborghetti’s research about the “metropolitan signs of our times”. The work which will be hosted and shown at the Museum is titled “There is some chaos, but with focal point” (canvas, 63 x 43). The image was “captured” in Milan, on a cloudy day in December 2010 (this post shows it as a special preview). Roberto Alborghetti is very glad to be part of this art collection gathering national and international artists who are developing new forms and expressions about contemporary art.