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Forlì Città del 900 - Il Festival and exhibition on Cesare Valle

18 September - 15 November 2015 (Forlì, Italy)

 Exhibition Cesare Valle. Un'altra modernità': Architettura in Romagna

18 September- 15 November 2015, ex-GIL building Forlì (Italy)
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Forlì Città del Novecento - Il Festival

18 September - 25 October 2015
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ATRIUM, Cesare Valle and the former GIL building

The cultural itinerary ATRIUM (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe’s Urban Memory) intends to promote in cultural and touristic terms a particular heritage regarding Europe of the twentieth century. A heritage made of buildings, streets, squares, which characterise many European cities, where totalitarian regimes or dictatorships have left considerable traces on the urban design.

While maintaining a strong repudiation of antidemocratic regimes, ATRIUM intends to valorise this material heritage by means of cultural activities able to tell important, though tragic, stories of European cities and Europe’s twentieth century.

The exhibition “Cesare Valle. Un’altra modernità: Architettura in Romagna“ [Ceare Valle. Another modernity: Architecture in Romagna] puts the spotlight on an important architect, who had shaped the urban design of many Italian cities (such as Carbonia), but also the city of Forlì, where he designed two of the most renowned buildings in the field of new urban development: the former fascist youth headquarters (later: GIL), and the nearby Aeronautical School. The restoration and the reuse of the ex-GIL building represents a perfect opportunity to reflect on this architecture and its creator.

Collateral to the exhibition on Valle, ATRIUM presents three more exhibitions. The first one entitled “Cantiere Restauro”, output of a dedicated round table, focuses by means of a seven point guideline on the technical, historical and cultural problems of the restoration of buildings from the 20th century, analysing three local case studies (Palazzo Varano in Predappio, the holiday camp AGIP in Cesenatico and the ex-GIL building in Forlì). The second one is an exhibition of prototypes of contemporary handmade products, reflecting on the design of 20th century art with a focus on the period of totalitarian regimes, while maintaining a critical and ideological distance. Finally, the exhibition “Totally Romagna” explores through the lenses of photographers the topic of abandoned buildings of the fascist regime as well as the cultural and historical challenge to look at this uncomfortable heritage from our present point of view.


Other editions of the festival:

Forlì Città del 900 - Il Festival (April-June 2017, Forlì, Italy)

Forlì Città del 900 - Il Festival (June 2013, Forlì, Italy)