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13 Historic Houses of Bergamo open to the public

A journey to discover Bergamo's abodes from 13 to September 22
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"Sundays for Villas, Palaces and Castles" and "Hortus Conclusus - The Garden in the Oriental Carpets of the Tassara Foundation"

Posted by Giorgio Hardouin on September 4, 2019
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Bergamo, September 2019 - On the days of Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 September the owners of 13 private historic houses of Bergamo and surroundings will open the doors of their homes to visitors and lead them to discover secret and fascinating places, rich in history and works of art. Visitors will be able to retrace, together with the owners, not only the historical and artistic beauties of interiors and gardens, but also the memory of some important events and curiosities related to these hardly accessible environments.

Agliardi palace visits Bergamo

The opening in September, the continuation of the second edition of the event that began in the spring, has the specific objective of enhancing issues related to nature and the landscape and takes place as part of the event “Landscape Festival 2019 - The Masters of the Landscape". In fact, most of the houses have splendid courts and gardens of very varied types: it is possible to come across magnificent examples of Italian gardens, English parks, hanging gardens, vegetable gardens, roccoli ... Every corner of greenery has its peculiarities and curiosities , much is due to the architects of the past, "pioneers" of the current landscape architects, who dictated the lines and the development and so much to the owners who lovingly cared for them, molded and enriched them trying to make them unique and characterizing them with rare plants and flowers, secret corners, architectural elements. There are also "nature jokes" such as the holly growing on a branch of the Himalayan Cedar of Villa Pesenti Agliardi or the monumental Liriodendron Tulipifera of Villa Vitalba, which every year is covered in spectacular yellow "tulips" and enchanted places such as the grotto of Villa Grismondi Finardi or the tower of Palazzo Moroni.

The visits to the houses will be held at 14,30, at 16,00 and at 17,30. Admission fee.
The whole program on: dimorestorichebergamo.it

In the same days, three of these historic Bergamo dwellings - Palazzo Agliardi, Palazzo Moroni and Palazzo Terzi, - will host the exhibition "Hortus conclusus - The garden in the oriental carpets of the Tassara Foundation", promoted by the Tassara Foundation and born from an idea by Giovanni Valagussa in collaboration with the Moshe Tabibnia Gallery in Milan.

Palazzo Moroni 1

The Tassara Foundation, which has been working for ten years in support of culture and education between Valle Camonica and the Province of Brescia, received the most complete and important private collection of existing carpets in the 2014 in donation from engineer Romain Zaleski 1.325 carpets from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century from three continents. A small but significant part of the collection was presented for the first time in the Serenissime Trame exhibition at Ca 'd'Oro in Venice in the 2017.

Persian carpetNow a new, equally limited and refined selection will be shown during the 2019 Landscape Festival - The Masters of the Landscape. The "Gardens of the Sultan" made with skilful knots challenge to recognize exotic animals, birds and plants among the luminous colors that, spread in the great oriental palaces or become treasures through tributes from the east to the west, entered European houses evoking not only the "sacred ground" of prayer but also the lush and reserved green spaces of eastern cities. A unique opportunity, given the absolute rarity with which this artistic and cultural heritage is made available to the public.
It will be fascinating to rediscover these very refined works of art that were part of the furnishing of homes in the West since the end of the thirteenth century, set here in historic buildings that once housed them. The stylized and transfigured gardens in the carpet plots thus become a deepening of memory, with their meaning of collected, idealized, circumscribed and perfect place where to stop in meditation: "fragments of landscape" which are an "opportunity for regeneration", as pointed out the Focus 2019 - Pioneer Landscape, delicate and the result of an ancient thought that inside the historical buildings traces a continuous fil rouge, ideal mirror of the real gardens of the outside of the dwellings.

The exhibition will be enriched with three occasions for further study: the 13 September at 21 a Palazzo Moroni, the journalist Beba Marsano and Giovanni Valagussa will talk about "The garden of paradise" (guided tour for a fee at 19,30); the 14 September at 18,30 at Villa del Tasso, the curator Giovanni Valagussa will hold a conference on “Carpets and paintings: a long common history”, Followed by a short concert (paid visit at 17,00); finally the 21 September at 18,30 at Palazzo Terzi there will be a conversation between Giovanni Valagussa and the president of Arketipos Maurizio Vegini on "Geometry and fantasy: how a carpet is born" (guided tour for a fee at 17,00) with projection of the pict-tale "Un Turco a Venezia", ​​written and directed by Wladimir Zaleski (original music by Pierangelo Taboni). Conference entry is free.

The whole program on: hortusconclusus.fondazionetassara.it