Art, history, theatre, music to immerse yourself in the city of memory and discover its beauties and mysteries. The Certosa summer calendar returns from May 26 to November 2, 2022, the review of cultural events curated by the Civic Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna with the contribution of Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali to increase and increase knowledge of the historical, artistic and architectural heritage promote on the monumental cemetery, which is considered one of the most beautiful and important in Europe.
Launched in Bologna, now in its fourteenth edition, the initiative is among the earliest national and international experiences in tackling the complex challenge of transforming the perception of cemeteries from places dedicated to the burial of the deceased into places of significant cultural interest, in where there is a heritage that reflects the history of the city. Today, thanks to an increasingly widespread sensitivity, the care of cemeteries also means recovering the cultural dimension that these places, true open-air garden museums, can offer as permanent educational environments for different audiences, from citizens to tourists, from adults to the youngest.
Between guided tours, thematic walks, trekking, animated classes, concerts and theatrical performances, about sixty appointments are proposed this year, of which about forty can be used in the evening. But also at other times of the day – morning, afternoon, at sunset – there will be activities that can offer ideas of wonder, beauty and meditation thanks to the spectacularity of the valuable monumental setting and the uniqueness of the scenographic backdrops included in it.
Every year, with the Certosa Summer Calendar, the Civic Museum of the Risorgimento renews an interdisciplinary collaboration agreement with the world of cultural associations, the third sector and professional tourist guides of the city for a wide and varied dissemination of the approaches to the monumental knowledge complex.
Three main themes proposed by the Museum in 2022 through the public notice for the selection of project proposals to be included in the program: the history of Bologna in the “Long Nineteenth Century” (1796-1915); Young Italy, young Europe: ideas, struggles, emancipation; the tenth anniversary of the death of Lucio Dalla.
Alongside these three strands there are other narrative plots full of charm and suggestion, inspired by the testimonies of the past that the place offers: from funeral rituals as an element of religious and civic identity, to biographical events of women who lived in different eras but united by the Courage for social emancipation, inspired by Mazzin’s and partisan ideals; from the history of the Pizzardi family, protagonists of the economic and political development of Bologna, traced on the centenary of the death of the Marquis Carlo Alberti Pizzardi, to the work of the sculptor and medalist Renaud Martelli, author of masterpieces of funerary art in the Certosa in the years 40 and 60 of the twentieth century. And again the Trekking of the Other World with an unusual and dynamic marathon to experience the Certosa in the spirit of the playable city; Guided tours to great Bolognese like Ottorino Respighi, Giorgio Morandi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Roversi; the journey of the sculptor Marco Marchesini to discover, on the days of the summer solstice, the astronomical and astrological coincidences that can be encountered inside and outside the cemetery; the fourth edition of the multi-sensory performance Sound and Silence; the funeral mass between Marco Enrico Bossi and Ildebrando Pizzetti. Thematic tours to discover crimes and passions, mysterious and mysterious symbols have been proposed again, in some cases with new itineraries, always carried out with great public participation.
In addition to programming, there is also a new element that helps make this fourteenth edition special. The stage, made up of a harmonious succession of cloisters, halls, galleries, aedicles and chapels with examples of highly regarded funerary art, expressing the main styles and artistic currents between the 19th and 20th centuries, offers a rediscovered attraction in the arcaded area, which is among the 12 components selected as a representative expression of the urban identity of Bologna and its system of covered walkways, which received UNESCO World Heritage recognition in 2021.
After Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm, known as “Cimitero del Bosco” in Italian, which has been on the list of protected sites since 1994, the Certosa di Bologna is the second largest cemetery in the world – concurrent with the Žale di Plečnik – Garden of All Saints, which is located on the Žale -Cemetery located in the city of Ljubljana (now known as Plečniks Ljubljana) – was inscribed on the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage as a Site of Outstanding Universal Value.
«The summer of the municipal museum initiatives opens with the rich program of the Certosa. It is an architecture of events that, during the nights from May to November, proposes the avenues, the monuments and the tombstones of the Certosa as opportunities to tell, through the languages of all the arts, the relationship between the biographies of those who have lived in Bologna from the nineteenth century to today and the history of our territory – emphasizes Elena Di Gioia, Mayor’s Delegate for the Culture of Bologna and the metropolis -. It is also an opportunity to combine the stories about the most famous characters with stories that illustrate the surprising and hitherto ignored lives of those who, especially women, have gone through these two hundred years and left a significant mark that needs to be restored. This valuable opportunity to expand the narrative of our city is made possible by the continuous research of the Civic Museum of the Risorgimento, reflected in the Portal History and Memory of Bologna. Just as the Portico della Certosa has been inserted into the dialogue with the other porticoes of the city, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the initiatives for the narration of memory through the languages of the arts that take place at the Certosa will also increasingly take place in the Be in dialogue with the initiatives that will take place at the Polo della Memoria, one of the most ambitious projects of this administration ».
Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali, the company that coordinates the entire public complex of local funerary activities, has always been convinced of the strategic importance of significant economic investments to preserve the structure and security measures to promote the Monumental Cemetery as a cultural visit destination, contributing to the implementation of the summer calendar. “The valorization of the historical-artistic heritage of the Certosa has been one of the main objectives of the Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali since its creation in 2013, which for the current five-year period has allocated an additional 8 million euros for the conservation and restoration of the works and assets under concession – explains the President Simone Spataro -. It can therefore only be an honor and a pleasure for us to host the program of events of the Civic Museum of the Risorgimento in the Monumental Cemetery. The planned initiatives, which will accompany us until November 2, 2022, represent an important opportunity to discover (and rediscover) the treasures of the city’s open-air museum, a treasure that BSC itself wants to promote particularly to citizens and tourists. All the more so since the porticoes of Bologna, including the Certosa, have officially become part of the UNESCO World Heritage ».
To underline the involvement in an international network for the valorization of historic cemeteries, the Bolognese event launches on the occasion of the annual European Cemetery Discovery Week organized by the ASCE – Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe to raise awareness among European citizens of the To sharpen the importance of cemeteries and present them to all their visitors from a different perspective. This year’s initiative will take place from May 30th to June 5th and has chosen “Schools in Cemeteries” as its central theme to highlight the historical, artistic, architectural and educational richness of these places and to involve the younger generations in their conservation.
As usual, the calendar extends beyond the summer season and symbolically ends in remembrance on November 2, 2022, the day on which the Feast of the Dead is celebrated.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Mazzini, on Thursday May 26th, Bologna, with its wonderful Certosa Cemetery, will be the pilot city where the national project “GIOVINE ITALIA. GIOVINE EUROPA – ideas, struggles, emancipation – the farewell begins. Storica 2022 “proposed by 8cento APS, joined by the Technical Roundtable. New cultural routes, animated by scenes with characters in 19th-century costumes, will travel throughout Italy to celebrate the memory of female characters who took part in the History of Mazzini participated or actively contributed to it.