Allegrini and Arte Sella<br/> together on the first anniversary<br/> of the infamous storm “Tempesta Vaia”
30 October 2019

Allegrini and Arte Sella
together on the first anniversary
of the infamous storm “Tempesta Vaia”

The 7th Allegrini Prize “The Art of exhibiting Art” has been assigned to Arte Sella, the open-air exhibition space in Borgo Valsugana. The award ceremony was held yesterday in Villa Della Torre, in Fumane di Valpolicella (VR), on the first anniversary of the infamous storm known as Tempesta Vaia, the worst and most damaging storm ever recorded in Italy. It struck the woods and forests of the central-eastern Alps on 29th October, 2018, felling some 14 million trees.

Arte Sella was badly effected by the tragic event, but was able to get back on its feet again and find a way to rebuild.
“Tempesta Vaia allowed us to somaticize, to interpret” - said the artistic director of the museum, Emanuele Montibeller. “Exceptional facts bring about an opportunity to rework the relationship we have with nature. Somehow I believe we will need these tools to be able to face the future. The real challenge in a period of environmental, economic and social discontinuity – he concluded – will be continuity. Nature teaches us to do this”.

“There is certainly a concern for the climatic phenomena that are changing the landscape,” said Marilisa Allegrini, president of the wine group. “But, as the lesson of Arte Sella teaches, intelligence, stubbornness and the determination of man can provide hope and the conviction that we can intervene in the best way with love and respect for nature. When man lives in symbiosis with nature he gives his best”.
As outlined in the reasons for the award, presented by Giancarlo Mastella, director of Villa Della Torre and member of the jury chaired by Antonio Foscari, Arte Sella has been the place – for over 30 years – where art, music, dance and other expressions of human creativity merge, creating a unique dialogue between human ingenuity and the natural world. Arte Sella has the sky as a ceiling, supported by numerous columns of majestic trees. A remarkable gallery created by intertwined branches where, year after year, internationally renowned artists perform or erect their works, all 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 ceremony was introduced by the musical composition “L’Ulo di Vaia” by Vera Bonaventura and Roberto Mainardi.
The speakers at the event included the climatologist Franco Prodi, who spoke on the theme of global warming.

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 chapel 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 represents 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.
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 and Xavier Salomon, curator of the Frick Collection in New York.