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Aristopulci at the Castle of Pralormo

Posted by Giorgio Hardouin on September 11, 2020
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II Edition of Aristopulci at the Castle of Pralormo

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020 from 10 to 18 in the historical setting of the Castle of Pralormo the second edition of Aristopulci.
After the success of the first edition of 2019, the thematic market dedicated to the sale of objects from ancient homes this year doubles the appointment with two opening days and is enriched with other interesting exhibitions.

Objects handed down from generation to generation, but no longer used today, are dusted off and exhibited to arouse the interest of the most curious and, perhaps, find a new home.
In fact, the theme of the recovery and reuse: from attics, attics, granaries e cellars paintings, prints, porcelain, toys, photographs, newspapers, gadgets, small furniture suitable for reuse and home decoration, original but also unknown objects on this occasion they find the possibility of having a new use and a new destination.

An unmissable and unique opportunity for passionate collectors, and not, to find original and interesting pieces, but also for those who want to offer for sale objects kept for centuries in their homes.
In fact, what's more intriguing than being able to peek into the houses and wardrobes of others to discover many curiosities?

Among the counters you can find a collection of alarm clocks, lanterns of all types and eras, an eighteenth-century girl's dress, prints, photographs and advertising posters, copper pots and curious gadgets used by nineteenth-century chefs, but also a collection of unusual footwear, modern antiques and a particular modular piece of furniture by Cassina. In addition, a travel theme, an interesting camera used in the nineteenth century by English tourists, trunks, suitcases and hat boxes.

Also on this occasion the Castle hosts, among the participants, two Turin charities that sell porcelain, silver, crystals and many curiosities.
The initiative "WHO KNOWS WHAT IS IT?" with the display of curiosities and mysterious objects, not for sale, coming from the drawers and wardrobes of the Castle of Pralormo which the visitor can try to guess the name and use: a simple form to fill in allows those who guess to win a special prize!

Another guest is the body of the protected areas of the Cozie Alps of the Piedmont Region, which deals with the protection and surveillance of the Sites of Community Interest in the province of Turin and which promotes scientific research, dissemination and environmental education. On the occasion of Aristopulci, the 2021 Calendar dedicated to the mushrooms of our territory is presented and visitors are offered some interesting stories about the charm of nature and in particular of the Piedmontese woods.
In the park you can also meet a skilled basket weaver at work, a wood sculptor, some naturalist painters and a curious character who enjoys making miniature farm-themed tools.

THE RESTAURANT is organized by the Cascine di Pralormo that offer their specialties both to be tasted on the spot and to be purchased.


antique fanOn the occasion of Aristopulci, inside the pavilion in the park called Orangerie, you can admire the exhibition of more than 100 fans, part of a private collection from various eras from the eighteenth century to today.
The classic fans painted with costumed characters, with rural views and portraits, but also with feathers, very popular in the early 900s, and some advertising that have connoted the twentieth century, an era in which this accessory was also considered an important advertising vehicle.
Among the most curious, a fan equipped with a small mirror that the nineteenth-century ladies used to be able to see what was happening behind them without turning their heads, thus avoiding revealing their curiosity (which was not "elegant" to do at the time).

In fact, the fan, from being an essential tool to satisfy the need to cool down, to chase away insects, to stoke the fire, has been transformed over the course of the various eras, taking on extraordinary shapes and decorations, from simple elements to imaginative decorations and real works of art. 'art.
Furthermore, between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the fans were perfected and also used to seduce and manage amorous intrigues, hide smiles, conceal glances, conceal tears. They even became a communication tool for ladies and knights who invented a "non-verbal language" to communicate moods and requests according to the position of the fan, the opening or closing, and the way of waving it.
It is amusing, in the exhibition itinerary, to read the different "meaning" of the fan which, depending on the positioning, transmits a real message: move the fan with the left hand = "they observe us" ... slide a finger of the other hand on the edges of the fan = "I would like to talk to you" ... hold the fan with the right hand in front of the face = "follow me" ... fan the fan slowly = "I'm married" ...
"The fan today": in recent months it has been proposed to twenty artists, who in recent years have dedicated or exhibited their works in Pralormo, to participate in the initiative "Inspired by Pralormo ..." through the creation of fans inspired by the Castle, park, its flowers, forest animals, butterflies. A sitting room in the Orangerie is dedicated to the exhibition of their beautiful works.


Saturday 26 September from 17,30 pm the park hosts "Words words words ... The unforgettable songs of Leo", a concert with free admission on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Pralormese citizen Leo Chiosso, lyricist of important interpreters of the Italian song including Fred Buscaglione and Mina.
The evening, in the presence of Leo Chiosso's son, Fred, and the wide circle of his friends, includes interviews with Consolata Pralormo and some other guests followed by anecdotes and pages written by Leo Chiosso that tell traits of his career, from his great adventure with Fred Buscaglione to the myth of Mina and other interpreters of the Italian song. Great pieces by the author will resound in the splendid park of the Castle. "The unforgettable songs of Leo", under the aegis of "The friends of friends of Leo", is presented by the Leo Chiosso municipal library, by the Leo Chiosso association, with the patronage of the Municipality of Pralormo in collaboration with Proloco Pralormo, Cop and Tirovi.Umoto.Research.

Schedule: From the 10.00 18.00
Admission: adults Euro 5,00 - children up to 12 years free


with a separate entrance ticket, possibility of VISIT INSIDE THE CASTLE:

The guided tour offers a fascinating itinerary to discover the background of the daily life of an ancient dwelling: from the cellars to the pantries, from the lofts to the hall dedicated to lighting and heating systems, from the servants' room to the study of the Master of house, from the industrious kitchens to the office, from the bathroom to the music room and then the Minister's study, the children's room, the fully equipped dining room and the hall of honor where the footsteps of the dancers still seem to echo.

For information and registration:

Tel. 011 884870 - 8140981 - pralormo.design@libero.it - ​​www.castellodipralormo.com

FOOD: inside the park, the Cascine di Pralormo offer their own specialties, both to be tasted on the spot and to be purchased. Also various restaurants in Pralormo and in the surrounding area.

HOSPITALITY': possibility of overnight stay in the RURAL SUITES “THE GARDEN'S HOUSES”, in some apartments adjacent to the castle wall furnished with tools of the past and simple but evocative furnishings of the daily life of the people who worked for the Castle in the past.

For information and reservations: info@lecasedellagiardiniera.it - ​​www.lecasedellagiardiniera.it - ​​Tel. 011 884870 - 8140981

SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 - from 17.30 pm
"Words, words, words ... Leo's unforgettable songs"
Free entry