Curated by: Davide Allegri, Matteo Rapanà e Sara Vicenzi, con la collaborazione di Lodovico Tavernini
On the occasion of the thematic year of the Euregio 2021 museums dedicated to the theme "transport-transit-mobility", the MAG Alto Garda Museum proposes the exhibition “Intrepid connections. Mobility experiments between lake and mountains ". The exhibition stems from the collaboration of MAG in the research project “From war to sustainable mobility. Railways and cableways in historic Tyrol "aimed at analyzing the role of infrastructures built in historic Tyrol in anticipation of the Great War and the reasons that led to their abandonment or possible re-use for other purposes in the context of renewed mobility , especially in relation to the new tourist flows. In addition to the Alto Garda Museum, the Euregio project involved numerous cultural realities and tourism promotion from Trentino, South Tyrol and Austria: the Italian War History Museum in Rovereto; the Touriseum Merano; the University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management; the Magnificent Community of Fiemme; Forte Colle delle Benne; APT Dolomiti Paganella - Dolomiti Paganella Future Lab; Naturparkhaus im Grand Hotel in Neu-Toblach, Nordkettenbahn - kleine Seilbahnmuseum. Today the exhibition "Intrepid connections" allows us to connect the past of the early twentieth century to current events. The need to move tools, goods and armies made up of hundreds of thousands of soldiers in often inaccessible territories, determined in fact during the Great War a rapid technological acceleration that involved the identification and construction of daring and innovative infrastructures. A dense network of integrated infrastructures was thus created, consisting of kilometers of cableways, railways and road lines, capable of connecting the valley floor with the mountain areas. At the end of the conflict these connections were often also used as a model for the construction of infrastructures for tourism purposes. Today we have the opportunity to give these researches a further connotation with respect to the mere research on the past as an end in itself and to stimulate reflections on the viability, mobility and attendance of areas with a tourist vocation. The exhibition focuses in particular on the Alto Garda area, an area where the Great War interrupted the tourist enthusiasm of the belle époque with a block on the free movement of men and vehicles. However, the explosion of the conflict not only ended the previous era, but created another that manifested itself through the construction of a transport network that remained beyond the conflict, marking the viability of the post-war period. At the end of the war, the transport network that had been created during the war continued to intervene on the subsequent planning. The roads became safer, imposing themselves on the other logistic systems and the cableways continued to be present in the collective imagination, giving rise to a series of connecting projects between the city of Riva and Mount Rocchetta, which were then realized in the post-war period in the cable car. that from the city reached the Bastion. Knowledge of the evolution of historical roads can be useful for reflecting on the problems of modern roads, in which considerations on local mobility are intertwined with global problems. The great challenge that awaits the Alto Garda area, like the whole Euregio area, is to guarantee ever faster and safer connections, but at the same time sustainable from an economic and environmental point of view.