Project leader:

The Regional Directorate of Museums of Emilia Romagna is responsible for enhancing, managing and coordinating the cultural heritage of 26 museums, art galleries, monuments and historic homes of the State throughout the territory of Emilia Romagna. These include the medieval fortresses and castles of the Piacenza and Rimini Apennines, the ancient abbeys of the plains, the archaeological museums that bear witness to the ancient Etruscan and Roman settlements, and the endless visual heritage that characterized the Italian and, in particular, the Emilian artistic productions from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The Directorate of Museums of Emilia Romagna offers thematic guided tours, temporary exhibitions, workshops, educational courses, artistic performances, concerts, hospitality for exclusive events and conferences, as well as online and social activities in places of culture for the Italian and foreign public.

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Destinadestination museum of the work:

The National Museum of Ravenna is located in the former Benedictine monastery of San Vitale. Its two Renaissance cloisters, the refectory, and the abbey spaces give a particularly suggestive atmosphere to the museum itinerary.  The original core of the Museum's collections derives from the history of art collecting by the monks of the most important abbeys of the city, in particular the abbots of Classe, as early as the 18th century. Some of the most prestigious artefacts are the early Christian and Byzantine monuments, including the capitals in oriental marble, the barriers of San Vitale, and the sinopia of Sant'Apollinare in Classe. The Applied Arts, from fabrics to ivories, form an equally important part of the museum's collections. The collection of icons dating from the late '300s and '700s is also noteworthy. Other important items include the bronzes, ceramics, and the collection of weapons and armour.

The Museum also houses the important cycle of frescoes from the fourteenth century, a masterpiece by Pietro da Rimini, detached from the ancient church of Santa Chiara in Ravenna.

In this last decade, the diversity of the permanent collections has been extended to contemporary art, mainly through solo and group exhibitions, which account for the donations collected here, the result of the familiarity that bonded the artists and the museum. Ever since the first exhibition, starting from 2009, donations by the authors have become a generous practice. The contemporary works act as a vital piece of the relationship of affinity and correspondence between ancient art and living artists, between passive museum (which preserves) and active museum - which stimulates the creativity of the authors, pushing them to always seek new stylistic consonances and to express them with similar techniques, welcoming the fruits of contemporary creativity.

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HULU – Split

HULU - Split is an association that brings together artists active in the Split region, in Dalmatia. Over more than sixty years of activity, HULU has contributed to the creation of a contemporary art system in Croatia, organizing solo and group exhibitions - approximately 20 solo exhibitions and 3 group exhibitions every year - publishing activities, and the development of international collaborations between Croatian and foreign artists. HULU - Split currently involves 400 members, providing them with the technical, scientific and institutional support necessary to continue working as independent artists. The Association's Artistic Committee oversees the programme of the Salon Galić Gallery, which organizes projects in collaboration with institutions, associations and festivals in Croatia and abroad.

For the Mare Magnum Nostrum project, HULU - Split organized a stage of the project in Split, and a first nucleus of the installation at the southeast tower of Diocletian's Palace in the city's historic centre.

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Cultural partner:

qwatz is an Italian production and research platform for contemporary art operating since 2007. Among the first independent residences for artists born in Rome, it develops research and training projects, production of works, exhibitions and workshops, in collaboration with institutions, museums and businesses. qwatz relies on a network of Italian and foreign professionals.

To date, qwatz has collaborated with internationally renowned artists including Ursula Biemann, Harun Farocki, Koki Tanaka, Wang Hong Kai. It has organized exhibitions in art spaces and institutions (including the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Canonica Museum of Villa Borghese in Rome, the extraspazio gallery, and the headquarters of the Romaeuropa Festival in Testaccio). It collaborated with the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Folias Cooperativa Sociale, the 1/9unosunove gallery, the Danish Art Agency for Culture, the Japan Foundation, the Cultural Affair Department, New Taipei City Government, ROMA CONTEMPORARY, Agi Verona, ROMA CAPITALE, BAO Atelier, O’A.I.R., Archiviazioni, RESIDENZAITALIA, cura.books, Ines Musumeci Greco, the Giuliani Foundation, NERO magazine , VIR Viafarini-in-residence, the Bevilacqua Foundation, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation, Extraspazio Gallery, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Brodbeck Foundation, Global Art Programme, Romaeuropa Arte e Cultura Foundation, Goethe-Institut Italien, DFB-Kulturstiftung, and Tekfestival.

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