MUSEO LUIGI BAILO
After a closure lasting 12 years and following major restoration and museo graphical changes that have completely changed it, the Museo civico Luigi Bailo re-opens to the public.
This great Gallery of twentiethcentury art, an architectural gem and a treasure trove containing an art collection of immense value, is now a modern, accessible and fascinating museum located in the historic district of Borgo Cavour. It is a new museum with all the functional services located within an old factory building - the former convent of the Discalced until 1866 - which now becomes one of the hubs, along with Santa Caterina, of the city`s museum system.
The theme of the exhibition is the collection of works by Arturo Martini, recognised as one of the greatest Italian sculptors of the twentieth century. The Museo Bailo offers over 130 works by the artist the most sizeable collection in existence including the original plaster of Fanciulla piena d`amore, the Allegorie del Mare e della Terra, the famous bronze Pisanaand the unique, stunning terracotta of the Venere dei porti.
The museum layout housing some 350 works from the rich civic collections appears as a narrative flow developing chronologically to offer visitors a series of surprising and unexpected juxtapositions.
The first rooms present late nineteenth-century portraits and landscapes to introduce the artistic context of Treviso at the turn of the century, a period still marked by very strong echoes of the Impressionists, Macchiaioli and the use of ``pure colour`` as in the works of Luigi Serena, Giovanni Apollonio and Vittore Cargnel.
The display continues by focusing on the pivotal figure of Martini and artists who revolved around him: the early period the Museo Bailo boasts all his most important works of these years the experiences at Ca` Pesaro and the new avant-garde developments also found fertile terrain in Treviso in the works of Nino Springolo, Arturo Malossi and Gino Pinelli.
Special emphasis is given in the exhibition to Alberto Martini`s production%u2013 the greatest and perhaps only symbolist of the Treviso %u2013 and to the extraordinary work of Gino Rossi.
The Museo Bailo contains important works by this great artist, and include masterpieces like Primavera in Bretagna and Paese asolano. The exhibition then returns to the great sculptor who is the ``protagonist`` of the new Museo Bailo and the rich collection of works from the 1920s, `30s and `40s.
Not only sculptures but also numerous drawings, the expressions of a research that was complementary and parallel to sculpture itself.
The final rooms are devoted to the many artists who, during the two World Wars, contributed to create a lively cultural climate, with a section dedicated entirely to the sculptures of Carlo Conte and his collection of plaster casts and to the Treviso ``school`` of engraving with Giovanni Barbisan and Lino Bianchi Barriviera.
Transparency, openness to the exterior, dialogue between the empty spaces of the cloister`s arches and the fullness of the sculptures, interaction with light: these are the keywords of this innovative architectural project.
The museum spaces overlook the completely restored sixteenth-century cloister through wide arches, dominated by one of Martini`s masterpieces, Adamo ed Eva ``Ottolenghi``,which is finally returned to the city. This is a monumental and symbolic work because it was purchased by the City of Treviso in the 1990s, and thanks to a large window in the facade of the museum, it can be admired from outside. This is an ``open``, luminous and wide-ranging museum in perfect dialogue with the city, ready to give an even greater impetus to the rich cultural life of Treviso.
Borgo Cavour, 24 - 31100 Treviso
Tel. 0422 658951
From Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
Closed on Monday
TicketsFull Price: € 3,00
Reduced Tickets: € 2,00
Children aged from 6 to 18; for groups (min. 10 pax), citizen over 65, students of all university, member of the Association Amici dei Musei.
Reduced Tickets: € 1,00
Groups of children or students (min. 10).
Free: Children aged from 0 to 6, disabled people with helper, authorized guides and interpreters accompanying groups of at least 1o people, journalists.
Cumulative Tickets for Santa Caterina Museum and Bailo Museum: € 5,00