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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Ugo Guidi House Museum in Forte dei Marmi Tuscany



Ugo Guidi was born in Montiscendi (Pietrasanta, Tuscany) on September 14, 1912. From 1948 to the 1976 he taught sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. He participated in major national exhibitions such as the Biennale in Milan, the Quadrennial of Rome, the Fiorino Florence, Biennali di Scultura in Carrara, Arts and Sports in Florence, Biennials of Bronzetto of Padua.

From 1958 his personal exhibitions were followed throughout Italy. In 1970 he was named Academic Correspondent in the Sculpture of the Academy of Design in Florence. He died on July 10, 1977 in his home-studio in Forte dei Marmi. The Tuscany Region, Tuscany Museums, the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara and the Municipality of Forte dei Marmi became promoters of the opening of the house-atelier by Guidi in Forte dei Marmi; it opened for the first time to the public from April 23 to May 8, 2005, and was a huge success with large numbers of visitors.

From 2006, The Ugo Guidi Museum was included in the official list of the Museums of the Tuscany Region and the Province of Lucca. In 2007 the house-museum was inserted by the Region of Tuscany in the list of Houses of Memory along with those of the most important Tuscan artists of all time as Dante, Boccaccio, Giotto, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo and Leonardo. In 2013, the "House-Museum Ugo Guidi" has been included in the prestigious site www.casemuseoitalia.it.

Guidi’s works can be found in many private and public collections: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Sport museum in Barcelona (Spain), Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Consejo Superior de Deportes in Madrid (Spain), Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago (Chile), the Gallery of Modern Art in New York. Anthological posthumous exhibitions were prepared in Forte dei Marmi, Colle Val D'Elsa, Pontremoli, Florence and many other towns. 

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Museums Project



Preserving and Divulging Cultural Heritage in Your Community

The Museums Project is a collaboration between Tema LLC and Historia snc that brings together talents and expertise from the United States and Italy to develop, manage and promote Cultural Heritage in European and North American communities to:

give meaning and purpose to the objects on display in museums and art galleries
disclose the historical and archaeological heritage of a community
leverage conservation and the rediscovery of cultural heritage
through the arts, history, archeology, literature and architecture
rediscover cultures associated with agricultural land, and
preserve biodiversity.

Learning by Doing a smart way of learning, through which one experiences new skills, sociality and teamwork. Our areas of expertise:

Develop and manage educational activities for children, schools and families;
3D Modeling and reconstruction courses;
Scientific reconstructions that leverage data and comparison studies;
Rendering, video and virtual tours;
Cultural Heritage communications and fundraising;
Web, portal and app development with augmented reality content;
Development of tourism itineraries and tours;
Organization of exhibits, conferences and seminars;
Drafting and editing of cultural heritage guide books.


A Community Museum is a virtual or real, indoor or outdoor authentic experience representative of and rooted in the local history and traditions of a territory.

It works best with informal, friendly interactions between guest and host 

Participants are new entrepreneurs, existing small businesses, nonprofits and local government all working together in a laboratory designed to acquire and constantly update knowledge and learning skills.

The result a sustainable and full cultural immersion that is both product and market oriented and generates new wealth for your community.

Some of Our Museums

The Museum Parish of Massa Fiscaglia near Ferrara exhibits objects and vestments belonging to numerous ancient brotherhoods, gold devotional offerings to Our Lady of Corba, the processional banner dedicated to the Virgin Mary, valuable paintings, sacred vessels and liturgical objects. Also, the crown and scepter of the Madonna della Corba, a 15th century terracotta statue, and 17th to 19th century paintings, including: the Annunciation attributed to Jacopo Bassano, St. Francis receiving the stigmata by Carlo Bononi and a Circumcision of Christ Child attributed to Scarsellino.

Castel Pietra near Trento holds documents dating back to the 12th century. Its architecture displays different styles, but its purpose was decidedly defense and control of the territory, as it is located in an important strategic position near a large bend of the Adige River and the Imperial Road at the narrowest point near Vallagarina where on August 10th 1487 Venetian troops under General Sanseverino, were severely defeated. The castle was also the scene of important battles between Napoleon’s army and the Austrians at end of the 18th and early 19th centuries. During WWI, the castle was bombed and damaged on several occasions. Castel Pietra has continuously belonged to the same family since 1738.

The Ravello Cathedral Museum houses a precious heritage, ancient and medieval-modern, of considerable art-historical and archaeological interest, including urns, sarcophagi, sculptures of exquisite workmanship, ornate stone and liturgical furnishings made of noble metals. Among the most interesting works is the Falconer, a passion of the ruler Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Mannheim’s Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen.

Domus Romana an archeological in the center of Lucca and home of “House of the Child on a Dolphin”. The archaeological excavations have brought to light many interesting objects relating to daily life and worship in Roman Lucca such as: the terracotta frieze, illustrated with a mythological scene that gives its name to the Museum itself, a Sesterzio coin from 14 AD featuring the Emperor Tiberius and a bronze clasp of the Augustan period. The museum’s charming rooms also feature the evolution of Lucca from the Roman period to the Renaissance, through the Lombard period and the Middle Ages.

The Fruit Museum in Massa Lombarda near Ravenna is a restored old country house transformed into a museum. The ground floor presents tools and everyday objects typical of rural culture and the stables are dedicated to the culture of life, wheat and hemp. The first floor is dedicated to Massa Lombarda the "capital" of Italian fruit (1927), the story of fruit industry entrepreneur Adolfo Bonvicini (1854-1916), a display of documents relating to the birth of the first workers cooperatives, tools, a sorting machine and artistic labels, painted by famous 20th century artists.

The Faggiano Museum an archeological museum located in a historic building in the center of Lecce in Salento and recently featured in the New York Times. During some restoration work on the building interesting relics from different periods were discovered, including: floors from the Messapian age (5th century BC), a cistern bell 15th century, a medieval silos, walls and wells (at the bottom of one you can see the Idume river) tanks of various periods, corpses and tombs, one of these carved into the rock, and pottery.



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