Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto. All the exhibitions of the 2016/2017 season merge into Collicoland
Monday 17 October 2016
Journalist at Artribune
Palazzo Collicola is the next protagonist of our news instalments on contemporary art museum schedules for the 2016/2017 autumn-winter season.
This is our conversation with its Director Gianluca Marziani.
With the start of the new exhibition season, scheduled for the 5th of November (until the 5th of February) each wing in Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, as usual, will feature a different initiative: the exhibition floor of the Museum will host solo exhibitions by Soichiro Shimizu, Franco Marrocco, plus one by Mario Schifano called Ex Film; the one dedicated to the Carandente Collection, the Vincenzo Pennacchi exhibition entitled La Crepa; the Donazione Beverly Pepper includes a set of 23 artworks produced by the celebrated ninety-three year old US sculptress during the 1963-2006 period, which last year she decided to give to the Town of Todi, where she has owned a house and studio since 1972. The project called Satellite, on the other hand, set up in the Salone d'Onore at Palazzo Collicola, involves a solo exhibition by Cristina MMR Bonucci, while Casa Romana (an outdoor museum section, which has already been used this year for paintings by Elio Casalino) will feature a Francesco Irnem exhibition. We talked to the museum director, Gianluca Marziani, about expectations and projects for the forthcoming season; we started by comparing it to the previous year.
Is there something in last year's schedule that has disappointed you, or – on the contrary – pleasantly surprised you?
Directing a museum with very little money and a large number of ideas, of course, leads to minimal expectations and huge surprises. I try never to feel disappointed, but rather to use the dizziness of disenchantment. By the same token, my efforts are aimed at making sure that each project has something surprising, unique, not seen anywhere else.
Is there any specific improvement you think your museum should concentrate on?
I would like to enhance the lighting technology, services for the general public, as well as some logistic elements which we are trying to upgrade. As for the rest, everything can - and should - be improved; the important thing is to feel confident, but never totally satisfied.
What is the distinguishing feature of this year's schedule: what will you be focused on?
We will be following the polyphonic rhythm of contemporary languages, the chased talent, all language combinations, the short-circuits between memory and future. Our view of the region is selective rather than capillary. We have chosen to use several outdoor spaces in a circuit which opens up the Museum to concepts related to archaeology, the Umbria landscape, local scenic spots. Many exhibitions, but also meetings, micro-festivals, workshops and other things I am adding to a content container called Collicoland.
What is the budget allocated for scheduled exhibitions this year? Has it changed compared to previous years?
Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive can rely on a limited base which every year we collect from Municipality, Umbria Regional Government, Carispo Foundation and Banca Popolare di Spoleto: these extra resources are enough for us to cover the overheads.
To what extent are your exhibitions entirely produced by the Museum, coproduced with other institutions or acquired from others?
The exhibition productions are tailor-made, based on a dedicated fundraising concept which covers the individual project items. This entails a substantial effort, which forces us to keep a very high attention level, constantly searching for new sources of funding. In a nutshell: after this experience, there is no situation which could scare me in terms of museum management.
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