Allegrini prize awarded to Arte Sella<br/>on the first anniversary<br/> of the Storm ‘Tempesta Vaia’
21 October 2019

Allegrini prize awarded to Arte Sella
on the first anniversary
of the Storm ‘Tempesta Vaia’

Arte Sella, the open-air exhibition space in Borgo Valsugana, has won the Allegrini Prize “L’Arte di mostrare l’Arte” (The Art of exhibiting Art), 2019. The ceremony accompanying the award, which is now in its seventh year, is scheduled for Tuesday, 29th October at Villa Della Torre, in Fumane di Valpolicella (Verona).
Exactly one year after the the terrible storm called ‘Tempesta Vaia”, the worst catastrophe ever to have blighted Italy’s woodland heritage – specifically the woods in the central-eastern Alps on 29th October, 2018, demolishing 14 million trees – Allegrini chose Arte Sella, so desperately wounded by the tragic event. This is because for more than thirty years it has represented a place where art, music, dance and other expressions of human creativity have come together, giving rise to a unique dialogue between human ingenuity and the natural world.
“Arte Sella – explains Giancarlo Mastella, director of Villa Della Torre and a member of the award panel – has the sky as a ceiling, supported by numerous columns of majestic trees. A remarkable gallery created by intertwined branches, where internationally renowned artists perform or erect their works year after year, yet destined to fade away over time. Walking along the paths and trails of this constantly evolving museum, we rediscover the art of slowness, made up of contemplation, generating beauty and enriching the soul”.
“The award – says Marilisa Allegrini, president of the wine group – is part of the cross-contamination and the continuous osmosis between the world of art and the world of wine. By choosing Arte Sella, in particular, this year we wanted to draw attention to environmental and sustainability issues”.
Allegrini has sought to communicate its essence and identifying characteristics by sponsoring Italian and international cultural institutions. The development of relationships with the Hermitage Mueum in St. Petersburg, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and with the numerous intellectuals periodically invited to Villa Della Torre (the company’s headquarters), a Renaissance monument attributed to Giulio Romano with a temple built by Michele Sanmicheli, is to be interpreted in this context. The Prize “L’Arte di mostrare l’Arte (The Art of exhibiting Art) was created along the same lines. It is a prestigious acknowledgment of those who, due to their vision, research, originality in finding and setting up the works, have been able to elaborate an incomparable experiential journey of the heart and mind.
During the award ceremony, after greetings by Marilisa Allegrini and the president of the jury, Antonio Foscari, the artistic director of Arte Sella, Emanuele Montibeller, will hold a keynote address entitled “La forma dell’Arte”. Other participating speakers will include the climatologist Franco Prodi, who will speak on the topic of global warming, and Guido Beltramini, director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio di Vicenza.
Guests will be welcomed to the event by the musical composition “L’urlo di Vaia” by Vera Bonaventura and Roberto Mainardi.

In previous years, the Prize was awarded to the curators of the exhibition “Pietro Bembo e l’invenzione del Rinascimento”, Davide Gasparotto, Adolfo Tura and Guido Beltramini; Paola Marini and Bernard Aikema for the exhibition “Paolo Veronese: l’illusione della realtà”; Salvatore Settis, Rem Koolhaas and Fondazione Prada for the art show Serial/Portable Classic; Luca Massimo Barbero, curator of the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence “Da Kandinsky a Pollock. La grande arte dei Guggenheim”; Maria Luisa Pacelli, director of Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara; Xavier Salomon, curator of the Frick Collection in New York.