Annual Conference 2003, Genoa (Italy)

21 years ago

»Benefit or Burden: Collectors, Curators and Collections Management in the 21st Century«


  • Wolfsonian - Florida International University, Miami Beach, USA
  • The Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection - Fondazione Cristoforo Colombo, Genova, Italy


Friday, 19 September 2003

19.00 Welcome cocktail in the Salone del Maggior Consiglio,
Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9
hosted by Dr. Anna Castellano, Council Department of Communications and City Promotion; Comune di Genova

Saturday, 20 September 2003

08.30 - 09.30 Registration at the Salone del Minor Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9
09.30 Official Opening of the ICDAD conference 2003
Welcome by representatives from Regione Liguria and Comune di Genova
Welcome by Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, President, ICDAD Board
10.15 Introduction to the Session
by Marianne Lamonaca, Wolfsonian - FIU
10.30 - 10.45 Coffee Break
  Session I:
History of Collectors and Collecting in Genova
10.45 Collections and Collecting in Genoa
Piero Boccardo, Galleria di Palazzo Rosso
11.10 Collecting ancient art in Genoa in the 20th Century
Anna Orlando
11.30 Examples of 20th Century Architecture in Genoa
Francesco Saverio Fera, University of Bologna
11.50 Mitchell Wolfson Jr. and his collection in Genoa
Matteo Fochessati, The Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection - Fondazione Regionale C. Colombo
12.15 Collecting decorative arts and design. The local production
Silvia Barisione, The Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection - Fondazione Regionale C. Colombo
12.45 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 18.00 Afternoon Activities
Tour of Medieval and Cinquecento Genova with guides
provided by Dr. Anna Castellano
  Museo del Tesoro di San Lorenzo, Catedrale, Piazza San Lorenzo.
Contact: Clario Di Fabio, Curator
  Museo Diocesano, Via T. Reggio 20r.
Contact: Paola Martini, Curator

Possible visits on one's own:

  • Santa Maria di Castello
  • Torre degli Embrici
  • Piazza and Chiesa di San Matteo and Cloister
  • Chiesa delle Vigne and Cloister
  • Chiesa del Gesù

Sunday, 21 September 2003

Genova - Nervi - La Spezia - Portovenere - Genova
09.30 Departure by bus from Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti
10.00 Arrival in Nervi
  Museo Giannettino Luxoro, Via Mafalda di Savoia 3.
Contains a varied collection of paintings, furniture, clocks, ceramics, silver and nativity figures from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Contact: Loredana Pessa Montagni, Curator
  Raccolte Frugone, Villa Grimaldi Fassio, Via Capolungo 9.
Contains two important collections of 19th and 20th century art. The artists represented are Italian and foreign, including Bistolfi, Boldini, Cremona, De Nittis, Fattori, Fontanesi, Mancini, Messina, Michetti, Miller, Rubino, Segantini, Signorini, Sorolla y Bastida, Trentacoste and Troubetzkoy.
Contact: Maria Flora Giubilei, Director
15.30 La Spezia
  Museo Amedeo Lia, Via Prione.
The collection includes a wide range of objects (ceramics, glass, bronzes, ivories, painting, sculptures) from antiquity to the 19th Century.
Contact: Marzia Ratti, Curator
  Possible visits if there's enough time left:
Palazzina delle Arti and Museo del Sigillo (Civic Seals Museum)
19.30 Dinner
20.30 Transfer back to Genova

Monday, 22 September 2003

  ICDAD Session I:
Benefit or Burden: Collectors, Curators
and Collection Management
09.00 Fabienne Sturm, Musée de l'Horologérie, Genève
09.30 Eva Helena Cassel Pihl, Hallwylska Museet, Stockholm
10.00 Discussion
10.30 - 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 Annie Carlano, Museum of International Folkart, Santa Fe
11.00 Anna Ridovics, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
11.15 Mart van der Sterre, Foundation of Ecclestical Art, Utrecht
11.30 Nela Tarbuk, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb
11.45 Maria Perers, Skokloster Castle, Skokloster
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 Guided tour of Palazzo Ducale
  ICDAD Session II:
ICDAD Business Meeting and Marketplace
15.00 - 16.00 ICDAD Business Meeting
16.00 - 16.15 Break
16.15 - 17.00 Marketplace
17.00 Guided tour of the exhibition
"Arte a palazzo. La Collezione Wolfson 1880- 1945"
Palazzo della Regione and Liguria Spazio Aperto, Palazzo Ducale

Possible visits on one's own:

  • Palazzo della Borsa Nuova
  • Opera Theater Carlo Felice
  • Museo d'Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone,
    Villetta Di Negro, Piazzale Mazzini 1.
    Contains Asian art collections including paintings, prints, porcelains, sculptures, enamals, lacquer and important Japanese Objects collected by Edoardo Chiossone during the Meiji period of the late 19th century.
    Contact: Donatella Failla, Curator

Tuesday, 23 September 2003

  Genoa's noble houses
09.30 Departure from Palazzo Ducale
10.00 Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria,
piazza Pelliceria 1.
Was home to the Grimaldi, Pallavicino and Doria families and finally the Spinola, who donated it to the state in 1958.
It contains furniture, textiles, porcelains, silver and important works by Genovese (Valerio Castello, Bernardo Strozzi, Luca Cambiaso, Filippo Parodi) and European Artists (Joss van Cleve, Rubens, Van Dyck, Antonello da Messina).
Contact: Farida Simonetti, Director. Marzia Cataldi Gallo, Soprintendenza al Patrimonio Storico, Artistico e Demoetnoantropologico della Liguria
12.30 Lunch
15.00 Museo di Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Reale,
via Balbi 10.
Contains frescos, furnishings, paintings and sculptures.
Contact: Luca Leoncini, Director

Wednesday, 24 September 2003

09.30 Departure by bus
10.00 Palazzo del Principe, via Adua 6.
It is the Genovese residence of the Doria Pamphilj princes and is the most significant 16th century monument and artistic complex in Liguria. It was constructed for Andrea Doria in the 1520s and is the only "royal" palace to have been built during the whole secular history of the Genovese Republic.
The palace has conserved the cycle of mythological frescos and stucco decorations created for andrea Doria by Perin del Vaga, a pupil of Raffael.
The rooms are decorated with furnishings of the 16th and 17th centuries and include important paintings by Sebastiano del Piombo, Bronzino, Domenico Piola and many others.
La Galleria Aurea contains a cycle of tapestries from the 16th century.
The Italian-style garden is restored to the plans of the late 16th century.
Contact: Laura Stagno, Curator
11.30 Archivio Storico della Pubblicità, piazza del Principe 4.
Contains a large collection of advertising materials including posters, original designs and other material from the mid-19th century until today.
Contact: Francesco Calaminici and Zunino
12.00 Visit to the Maritime Station of Ponte dei Mille
13.00 Cocktail and Lunch
14.30 Afternoon Activities:
  Alternative I:
Architecture and Design of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection - Fondazione Colombo, Via Asilo Garbarino 28r.
Founded by Mitchell Wolfson Jr., the collection of fine decorative, architectural and propaganda arts from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries in Italy.
  Bus tour:
Piazza Dante - skyscrapers by U. Russo and M. Piacentini, Piazza della Vittoria - war memorial, Piazza Rossetti
  Staglieno Cemetery
  Alternative II:
  Palazzo Rosso, Via Garibaldi 18.
One of the city's oldest and most sumptuous homes of the nobility.
contains remarkable reception rooms, sumptuously furnished and decorated with frescos by Liguria's most important artists (Domenico, Paolo Gerolamo Piola, Gregori De Ferrari, G.B. Carlone).
Contains a wide ranging exhibition of paintings collected over more than two centuries by the Brignole Sale family (Dürer, Guercino, Veronese, Reni, Preti, Strozzi, Castiglione, Van Dyck, Rigaud).
Contact: Piero Boccardo, Curator
18.30 Cocktail at Castello Mackenzie, Via C. Cabella 15,
hosted by Marcello Cambi
20.00 Farewell dinner at the Histoire Café Garibaldi, Via ai Quattro Canti di san Francesco 40