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The show

Between summer and autumn, the Fondazione Centro Studi sull'Arte Licia e Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti of Lucca proposes an unusual and interdisciplinary exhibition. As president Alberto Fontana and director Paolo Bolpagni affirm, “a period of hopeful readjustment and recovery is looming after the terrible SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. In the light of what has happened, the Ragghianti Foundation's choice of programming was to return to the sources of our civilization, to the way that man has developed for his own life in common: the city. And to do so by referring in a special way to the privileged means of transmitting knowledge: the book. Italo Rota's collection turned out to be a mine to draw from to create paths of meaning that start at the roots of contemporaneity, that is, in the early years of the twentieth century. The result is a multidisciplinary exhibition, resulting from the encounter and dialogue between different skills, which combines various knowledge and allows fascinating explorations and discoveries. A sort of archive of the visual imagery linked to the urban dimension, unified by the aesthetic perspective ”.

“Planet city. Arti cinema musica design in the Rota 1900-2021 Collection ", scheduled from 9 July to 24 October 2021 in Lucca in the exhibition spaces of the Ragghianti Foundation, with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation, the sponsorship of Banco BPM and the technical sponsorship of SAIB, is therefore an exhibition inherent to the theme of the city and the transmission of knowledge, mainly analyzed through the countless pieces of the exceptional and unique collection of the architect Italo Rota, one of the most famous designers of our time.

The concept of the exhibition was conceived by Paolo Bolpagni with Aldo Colonetti, philosopher and scholar of architecture and design and with Italo Rota himself, in collaboration with a scientific committee in which the different disciplines involved are represented: the history of art, the cinema, economic geography, architecture, urban planning. The scientific committee has identified some cardinal themes for the definition of the contents of the exhibition and is composed, in addition to Bolpagni, Colonetti and Rota, by Gianni Canova, film historian and rector of the IULM University of Milan, by Daniele Ietri, geographer and economist and full professor at the Free University of Bolzano, by Francesco Careri, scholar of urban planning and urban art and associate professor at the Roma Tre University, by Eleonora Mastropietro, documentary maker and geographer and researcher at the University of Milan, and by Alessandro Romanini, critic and expert in video art, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara and president of the Scientific Committee of the Ragghianti Foundation.

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via S. Micheletto, 3
55100 Lucca


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