MusAA in English

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What MUSAA is

It is a no profit institution managed as museum/research centre for the Culture of Building which aims, through courses, workshops, creation of an architectural archive, architecture/art exhibitions to preserve, support and promote the knowledge of architecture and art of Abruzzo. On 6th April 2009 Abruzzo, specifically the province of L'Aquila, was hit by a major earthquake. MUSAA acts also as coordinator for all those Italian and international Institutions and Universities which have a specific interest in the current issues related to the earthquake, and to the architecture and art of the Region Abruzzo. MUSAA raises from the will of Forum für Baukultur located in Dresden (D) and thanks to an anonymous German patron who effectively wanted to contribute to the reconstruction of L’Aquila and the surrounding villages hit by the earthquake, through the creation of a museum-research centre able to operate independently in favour of the territory.

MusAA was established with the patronage of:

Italian Ministry for Heritage and Cultural Activities

German Embassy in Rome

DSSARR – Department of Science, History of Architecture, Restoration and Representation of Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio”, Faculty of Architecture, Pescara

Abruzzo Region Governance

L’Aquila Province Governance

Who manages MUSAA?

President of MusAA: dr. arch. Paola Ardizzola, Ph.D Architecture and Urban History;

Vice – President: Domenico Maria del Bello, honorary inspector of archives of Abruzzo;

Secretary: Gabriele d'Oltremare, draft&land designer;

Management Committee: arch. Melissa Di Giovanni, arch. Roberta Carrieri, dr. arch. Tiziana Pezzella, Marco d'Oltremare, visual artist and setting up designer;

Art educational disciplines experts: Isabell Presenza and Francesca Staniscia.

Location of MUSAA

MusAA is located in Lanciano, district of Chieti, at Palazzo Stella De Giorgio, via Cavour 13.

The setting up of MUSAA

  1. Documentary archive about the architecture of Abruzzo.
  2. Specialized art and architecture library.
  3. Permanent exhibition room for models of architecture.
  4. Hall of samples of traditional building materials, materials for restoration.
  5. Exhibition hall for temporary art and architecture exhibitions.
  6. Study room.
  7. Lecture room.
  8. Photo, slide and video collection.

Who comes to MUSAA

  1. Professors, researchers, students, scholars interested in ancient and modern architecture and art in Abruzzo, from Italy and from abroad.
  2. Technicians (architects, engineers, surveyors, experts) involved in the reconstruction and renovation process of old buildings.
  3. Users, citizens, travellers, visitors to the temporary or permanent exhibitions.
  1. Participants in courses: 4a. Children and young people, from preschool up to 18 years, who will learn the value of the architectural, urban, archaeological, anthropological and artistic heritage of Abruzzo. 4b. Foreigner and Italian students interested in specialized courses about history of architecture and art, ancient building restoration, reconstruction after the earthquake, history of architectural techniques, landscape drawings, architectural planning, photos of architecture. 4c. Students and scholars who wish to attend refresh seminars in architecture, urban planning and landscape issues. The courses will be held through the contributions of Italian and foreign professors, to provide a deep knowledge of historical-architectural events, construction techniques, aesthetic and formal character of the area. Workshops and courses include several campuses in different towns and villages of the area, in order to have a direct contact with local architecture and art.

The exhibition space will enable a dynamic and continuous dialogue with the users of the MUSAA, while conferences and seminars will take stock of contemporary debate about architecture, art and aesthetics. The creation of a systematic archive of Abruzzese architecture, including the prestigious minor architecture that characterizes the urban layout of ancient towns, will be useful for students and scholars who need to be documented for new researches on these topics.

Timing of MUSAA

Spadework: May-November 2009. Start programs: November 2009, up till now


Palazzo Stella De Giorgio

via Cavour 13 – 66034 Lanciano (CH)

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