Municipality of Carrara (MS)
(architecture - exhibit design)
(fire prevention design)
Accademia delle Belle Arti di Carrara
The museum is reorganized aiming at the relationship with the city. The permanent collection is set up on the first floor of the building, with the goal of a free and flexible layout of the ground floor for hosting temporary museum events, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts and civic associations.
The project of MudaC – the Museum of Arts of Carrara- realizes a new set-up of the contemporary art collection of the city and shows up a new exhibition layout for the museum hosted inside the former monastery of San Francesco – a 17th century building placed at the edge of the historical city.
The collection was located at the ground floor of the building on few large displays gathering all the artworks and not giving the necessary space for the full enjoyment of the sculptures. This choice was condensing the whole collection into a limited area, also making the access and use of the first floor difficult for the temporary exhibitions that are necessary to the museum management activities.
The project for MudaC resets a correct functionality of the museum layout, reopening the relationship between the ground floor and the city. The decision to display the city collection at the first stage of the building is the opportunity to re-design the permanent exhibition. The collection is reorganized into three big thematic sections – the free-standing sculptures from the historical biennials of Carrara; the large engraved slabs from Disegnare il marmo exhibition series; the exceptional artworks of the new acquisitions.
The artworks are gathered in families by figures and shapes in order to build a dialogue among them, the space and the visiting pathway. The exhibit design looks for essentiality with the aim to emphasize – through the light – the plastic qualities of the sculptures; this solution allows nullifying the noise of colors and textures in contrast with the features of the marble. Also the exhibit support is reduced to the essentials and is distributed below the large floating pavement, with the result to establish a direct link perception between the sculptural work and the architectural space: the artworks dialogue with the marble elements embedded into the 17-century wall of the building (corbels, capitals, columns); the stratigraphy of the building enters in contact with the sculptures in a dialogue between contemporary and historical objet trouvè.
The project re-opens to the public an important Italian collection of modern and contemporary art related to the Marble – which includes works by contemporary artists such as Nunzio, Andrea Branzi, Grazia Toderi, Davide Tremlett, Ceroli, Alfred Jarry, Carol Rama, Fabio Viale, Yuri Ancarani, and many others – resetting a proper relationship between artworks and space.