Contemporary Art Museum
"Giuseppe e Titina dal Verme"
In the rooms of the Dal Verme Castle of Zavattarello you can find a contemporary art collection that's always growing and evolving, just one of the attractions for the numerous tourists visiting the medieval fortress.
The Museum shows italian artworks from the second half of the 20th century and also more ancient paintings by Count Giuseppe dal Verme, owner of the castle at the beginning of the 20th century.
To him and his wife Titina Gavazzi the Museum is entitled, as a homage to their great love for art and this fortress, donated to the citizens of Zavattarello by the Count's heirs in 1975.
The great variety of works is because of the facts that gave birth to the Museum: the artists who organised exhibitions in the rooms of the castle donated some of their artwoks, which became the original core of the collection, that continues growing thanks to the donations.
The artworks donated by the artists who organised exhibitions in the rooms of the Castle form the first section of the Museum collection, that continues growing thanks to new donations. Each one of the five rooms shows a different theme. Great attentions is dedicated to young artists. Here you can find artworks by Ernesto Treccani, Stefano Bressani, Pino di Gennaro, Alessandro Spadari.
Important for the Museum is the attentions to artists linked to our land: the climate and peace of Zavattarello attracted different people, who decided to stay here for short or long periods, establishing long-lasting bonds with the local community. So you can find along the exhibitions numerous artists whose path crossed Zavattarello, among which Carlo Cinquini, Aldo Antonini and mainly Giuseppe Maria Cattano, Aldo Gambuzzi, Luciana Magrini.
The Giuseppe dal Verme section
A special space on the noble floor is reserved to the artworks by Giuseppe dal Verme, linked more than others to the castle that even now has the name of his family. He dedicated great care to the oil paintings, his favourite technique, but also very good is the quality of the watercolors, that are often the notes drawn during his numerous travels in Italy and abroad. The artworks on display, donated by the heirs after an important exhibition, are the summary of the subjects, the techniques and the evolution of the artistic research of the Count, who was an artist appreciated by important people, for example Carlo Carrà.
The most ancient artwork of the Museum collection was painted at the end of the 17th century by the Mulinaretto for Gian Battista Cattaneo della Volta, ancestor of Count ing. Giuseppe dal Verme. The painting was inherited by Countess Ippolita dal Verme, who decided to donate it to the Zavattarello Town Hall to be on display in the Main Room of the Dal Verme Castle.
This painting shows Gian Battista Cattaneo della Volta's wife, the Marchioness Maddalena Gentile, showing to her guests the youngest son and the older daughter. The artwork shows the same style as the Flemish painter Antoon Van Dyck, and so is part of the typical current of the Genoese Baroque portraits represented, for example, by Giovanni Bernardo Carbone.
The Aldo Gambuzzi section
The collection of more than 40 sculptures by Aldo Gambuzzi, or Gambaldo, has been donated to the Museum by his heirs. This artist born near Mantua loved calling himself "sculptor from Pavia": born in Suzzara (Mantua) in 1922, he moved to Pavia, wich became his new home, to which he dedicated numerous artworks. Especially during his last years, until his death in 1988, Gambuzzi loved living in his home in Zavattarello. Because of his deep bond with our land, his heirs decided to donate to the Museum the huge collection of sculptures.
Skillful metal artisan, his sensitivity and his will to communicate it made him a complete artist, who was able to deeply convey his messages. He used the means of his daily job, metals and blowtorch, creating this way a particular form of art: the artistic welding.
The Luciana Magrini section
Born in Milan but highly active in Zavattarello, Luciana Magrini devoted herself both to her teacher and artistic activity, in particular to the "third-fire" decoration of ceramics.
A great passion for Eastern countries is evident in different Chinese, Japanese or Indian subjects, influenced by his father-in-law, who was a tireless traveler. But his favourite theme was nature, copied en plein air during her summer holidays. High is the ability to adapt any drawing to its support, in a continuous relationship between shape and content.
After her death, the sons decided to donate to the Museum a selection of her artworks that sums up Luciana Magrini's huge productions, with also some sketches, not ended artworks and tools, to let the visitor dive into her tireless activity of decorator.