We met the Galleria Civica in Modena’s director and the curator of both exhibitions, Marco Pierini, who is enthusiastic about the public reaction to the current exhibitions. He tells us about the policy that the Galleria Civica has followed in the last few years.

Following the great success of the two exhibitions at the Galleria Civica in Modena “L’informale in Italia” and “Fotogiornalismo e reportage”, the museum’s direction decided to extend them until the 25th May 2014. Owing to a unique collection in Italy, exclusively composed by artworks on paper, drawings, graphics and photography, the Galleria tried to follow a specific exhibition plan. Concerning especially the exhibition “L’informale in Italia”, that displays graphic artworks by Alberto Burri, Carla Accardi, Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Leoncillo, Afro and Emilio Vedova, Mr. Pierini has tried to keep the project in continuity, mostly with the exhibition of last year, which was instead dedicated to Italian graphic art between 1910 and 1945.

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Facade of Galleria Civica di Modena

This coherence, in the exhibitions plan is earning a very positive answer from the public: “ Our visitors differ depending on the theme of the exhibitions, but there is a group, more and more numerous of habitué visitors, many of which are not from our region”.
Valorization, conservation and implementation: these are the main aims of Galleria Civica’s activities, that, according to Pierini, is also trying to become more captivating by a smart use of the new media: “We are proceeding, with a lot of problems, to digitalize our collection, but unfortunately are very far away from sharing the material. Anyway we have already realized a web-app of our magazine “Civico 103”, by which some of our collection’s nature and quality can in part be kinown”.
The concept of valorization and conservation concerns also new technologies, essential media if we think about an archive of the future: “ The only possible future is the one that considers material conservation and cataloguing and as well the complete digitalization and sharing of this material on the web. Nowadays the archive’s material typologies have extended, but conservation and fruition’s rules remain the same”.

Marco Pierini

Marco Pierini

The institution’s other main purpose is to always implement his own collections, a constant activity of update and the will of proposing new important Italian artworks to its visitors. Under this point of view the relationship between the Galleria Civica and the art market and private galleries is remarkable: “Art galleries are art market’s promoters , but also places of art (at any rate some of them) and culture in general; they play a role in some ways similar to museums, which, on the other hand have to stay away from the art market.
Fakes and authentications are also similar problems that both galleries and museums have to deal with. This is another branch in which the Galleria Civica is deeply engaged: I saw several fakes in my experience (I also study some forgers’ work) but never in museums I directed. On this subject I would proudly remember the two days organized by Galleria Civica in Modena and the Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation consecrated to the analysis and certification of Albers’ artworks belonging to several Italian collectors. The museum gave its services to collectors and the Foundation, organizing the event, making available its spaces and giving to collectors the possibility to hold their artworks without having to sell them in the USA.

Interior of Galleria Civica di Modena

Interno Galleria Civica di Modena

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