The Civic Museum Duilio Cambellotti
The Civic Museum Duilio Cambellotti finds home in the building of the former Opera Balilla which overlooks the Older Piazza San Marco, already Piazza Savoia, designed by Oriolo Frezotti in 1932.
This is a building composed of two floors in the front particulate in a semicircle, with an adjoining a 40-meter long gym and high 12. At the design of the building also collaborated the director of the National Opera Balilla, Renato Ricci, a former Ardito of the "Great war".
Before becoming a museum, the building acquired several uses: Barracks Gil (Italian Youth of the Littorio) in 1937; Place of worship during the allied bombings that damaged the Cathedral of San Marco and, during the Second World War, Refuge for displaced persons. Among the 1950s and 1970s he became a gym for schools hosted at Palazzo Emme and, finally, in the 1980s seated office of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
In 1984 in the building the Duilio Camellotti Sculptor and the Agro Pontino exhibition is set up, where more than thirty sculptures of the artist, including peace and buttering are exhibited.
From that moment the relationship between Latina and Tambellotti becomes narrower. About 10 years later, at the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, they find some works of him thanks to the donation of his heirs and purchases made by the municipal administration.
From this core of works, in 2005, the Civic Museum Duilio Cambellotti was born.
The inauguration took place on October 15th of the same year with the preparation taken from the Architect Franco Zilotto.
The museum collects sculptures, drawings, ceramics, books, medals up to posters and letters that document the relationship between Duilio Camellotti and the Territory Pontino. Central core of the museum are the original cartons and sketches in tempera, pencil and china that tell the creative procedure of the 1934 Agride redemption, created by the artist for the Palazzo del Governo di Latina, today's Prefecture in Piazza della Libertà .
Today, thanks to the loans of the Lazio Region that allowed the birth of the integrated system of the foundation cities and Agro Pontino and Romano and the enhancement of the Civic Museum Duilio Camellotti, the museum becomes a coordination center on the territory, for the network of museums of the Foundation city and revaluation of the territory even in a tour guide and a documentation center to build a collective memory and a city identity.
The museum is also a permanent training center that, thanks to a series of activities, creates new professional skills destined to work on the enhancement of local and national cultural heritage.