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Palazzo Pepoli - Museum of the History of Bologna - ARTE FIERA 2012
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Of the city’s palaces, Pepoli Palace is one of the most austere and least pretentious. But it has been reinvented in a way that is decidedly impressive and spectacular. It is impossible to notice until you enter the brand new Museum of the History of Bologna. Here, in the middle of a large courtyard, a glass tower appears out of the blue and shoots up three stories to its transparent roof. Something that no one would expect to find behind a medieval facade. The tower is made up of four square pillars positioned at the sides of a nucleus filled by the stairs and elevator. This makes it so that, from almost any angle, to the eye of the observer a pair of high side-by-side structures appear, a clear homage to Bologna’s two towers, today affected by a slight instability. A part of the undeniable fascination that the tower (officially the Torre del Tempo (“Tower of Time”) inspires is due to the fact that, aside from its functional qualities, it is an aesthetically pleasing sculpted form. Mario Bellini, the architect who designed it, described it as a “lantern”, and in fact it was designed to play with the light that pours over its glass roof.
The vocation of Pepoli Palace and the Museum of the History of Bologna is that of retracing the line of history and culture and of art and science of the city of Bologna - for centuries a crossroads of knowledge and of visual and musical arts, and a hub of ideas and art. In a traditional museum it would not have been possible to take in the long process of change, to interpret the rich and complex heritage to be passed on to generations to come. These are the reasons behind the conception and creation of a museum experience in which the adoption of innovative tools bestows objects, works of art and documents with a role that goes beyond the static nature of the description, endowing these with a dynamic function in the eyes of the visitor.
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