Art, Nature, Poetry: the Museo d’Arte contemporanea all’Aperto in Morterone

François Morellet, La porte s’envole, 2012; Michel Verjux, Nocturne à Morterone, 2012. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea all’Aperto di Morterone, Morterone. Photo: Mattia Mognetti, Milan

I have been visiting Morterone as long as I can remember. Nestled in the valley of Manzoni’s Monte Resegone, this place of unspoilt nature also became a radiant centre of thought in the middle of the 1980s. A “poetic threshold” that offers an opportunity to experience a new, positive relationship between humans and nature, landscape and thought, experience and knowledge, as suggested by Carlo Invernizzi’s poetic/philosophical concept of Natura Naturans.

Mauro Staccioli, Tondi – Morterone, 2010. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea all’Aperto di Morterone, Morterone. Photo: Bruno Bani, Milan

The tangible sign of it is the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea all’Aperto: an outdoor contemporary art museum offering more than thirty works of art – some immersed in the natural setting, others in dialogue with the buildings of the village – created by leading international artists. The Associazione Culturale Amici of Morterone also organises exhibitions in Italy and abroad, conferences and publications that stimulate thought through experience and set up a permanent dialogue between art, poetry and nature. In summer 2021, a new space will open here: the Casa dell’Arte, entirely devoted to artists whose work cannot be displayed outdoors.

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