#44 Museo “Giuseppe e Titina Dal Verme”

My name is Graziella Ghillani and I would like to adopt the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea “Giuseppe e Titina Dal Verme”.

The Castle (Photograph by Graziella Ghillani)

The Castle (Photograph by Graziella Ghillani)


Tell us a bit more about yourself

I live in Italy and I work as an accountant for the town hall of Zavattarello. I am also a soprano singer.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
This is the museum of the place where I live, Zavattarello in the province of Pavia, Italy, founded in 2003. It is a contemporary art museum, on the last floor of a medieval castle. You can visit it following the guided tours to Dal Verme Castle from April to October. The entrance ticket is inclusive of the guided tour to all the rooms of the castle and to the Museum. The Museum has two sections: the first one contains paintings and graphics since 2003; the second one contains the sculptures realized by Aldo Gambuzzi, whose family donated more than 40 works to the Museum in 2010. Here you can find works by Ernesto Treccani, Alessandro Spadari, Silvia Rastelli, Aldo Gambuzzi, Bruno Gianesi, Gianfranco Rontani, Walter Passarella, and many others. The collection continues to grow thanks to the artists’ donations made after the temporary exhibitions.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I chose to adopt the museum of my town because I feel a particular love for the castle where the Museum has its seat and I wish it will be more known because it is well organized and continues growing every year. I visit almost every temporary exhibition organized by this Museum, and since 2009 the entrance to the castle and to the Museum for the inhabitants of Zavattarello is always free. So I go and visit it more than once a year, on occasion of almost every event: exhibitions, medieval days, conferences…

Why would you recommend people visit?
The first reason for a visit is the place where the Museum is: into a medieval castle fully open to the public, with a fantastic panorama and a thousand years of history. The guided tours are very well organized, pleasant and emotional. The exhibition was renewed last year and every year you can find new art works to see. There are also educational laboratories for children.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Educational, emotional, growing

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