Città di Castello – Burri collection, “Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco” (Former Tabacco Drying Plant)
Città di Castello – Burri collection, “Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco” (Former Tabacco Drying Plant)

Traces of modernity

Terni, Spoleto, Foligno, Perugia, Città di Castello

The medieval Umbria gives room to modernity, in an outward contrast.
Terni, city in which the modernity is also tradition. There, artists like Maraniello, Mastroianni, Ceccobelli and Pomodoro “infect” the city with sacred and civil art.
The contemporary art coexists with the ancient one at the CAOS, Centro Arte Officine Siri, former chemical plant, today site of the collections of the Archaeological Museum and of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary art “Aurelio de Felice”.
Towards north, along the Flaminia route, Steve McCurry arrives in Spoleto, the city of the Festival of the two Worlds. There, the contemporary art collection of Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive combines with the collection of the Caradente Museum and the works acquired through the Spoleto Award.
Still northwards, in the heart of the Umbria Valley, there is Foligno. Traditional materials and modern elements, contrasts and fusions, come out from Steve McCurry’s snapshots, taken in the late Gothic residence of Palazzo Trinci and in the COR-TEN steel cube of the Centro D’arte Contemporanea, the CIAC.
And still the reflex camera captures the Calamita Cosmica out of scale works by the artist Gino de Dominicis, photographed on the background of the eighteenth century church of the Holy Trinity.
The ideal reference line of modern that divides Umbria from south to north, brings Steve McCurry to Perugia.
The Etruscan-Medieval soul alternates with the red layout of the Minimetrò, that since 2008 crosses the Aldo Rossi control center, passing through the stations of Jean Nouvel, up to the historic centre.
Ancient and modern coexist and meet again in the sixteenth century Palazzo della Penna, “contemporary culture center”, that hosts part of the Sensational Umbria exhibition, together with the other exhibition place “Ex-Fatebenefratelli”.
To the north, there is Città di Castello, the city of Alberto Burri, one of the major artists of the twentieth century and there Palazzo Albizzini, a fifteenth century residence, hosts many works of the great master. However Steve chooses the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco (former tobacco drying plants) in use until the seventies, now reused as museum venue, as unusual framework for his snapshots.