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R.A. RECIPES FOR THE ARTS Multimedia itinerary inspired to Expo2015 and realized by 5th year students of the High School of the Arts within a project by the Education Services of the Museums of the Regole On the occasion of Expo 2015, the Regole d’Ampezzo and the High School of the Arts of Cortina are opening an exhibit strictly connected with the theme of the universal exhibition. Two different itineraries will be showing from May 6th until the 16th on the ground floor of Ciasa de ra Regoles. The first one, Nature, Inspiring Young Artists, tells of five years of photo essaying by students of the High School of the Arts of Cortina d’Ampezzo in collaboration with the Acquamarina Association of Trieste. The second one, R.A. Recipes of the Arts, is the result of a didactic project by the Education Services of the Museums of the Regole, which has lead the 5th year class of the High School of the Arts to create a multimedia narrative entered to the Policultura Expo competition.
The exhibit, opening Wednesday May 6th at 5 pm, represents the finish line for these two education experiences that have had the “recipe” as their driving theme, intended as artistic expression as well as creative reinterpretation.
Recipes for the arts are the photo experimentations made by students during several theme driven workshops run by photographer Annamaria Castellani between 2010 and 2015. From the OFF Camera to the pinhole, from Polaroid to cyanotype, the young people involved have rediscovered many techniques and tools turning them into original photographs and works.
But the recipes from the arts are also those of two individuals defined by their passion for the arts, their availability to receive, and by the letter “R”. On one side Mario Rimoldi, the collector and hotel operator thanks to whom the Modern Art Museum was founded; on the other side Rachele Padovan, an artist of the traditional Ampezzo cuisine, authentic testimony of the territory. One in his hotel, the other in her kitchen, they have been able to put together some of the minds and artists who most influenced the twentieth century, creating culture in unusual environments and delivering an extremely precious cultural patrimony. The multimedia narration guiding the visitor through music, text and period images while discovering the works being exhibited is dedicated to these two individuals.
And, finally, the recipes for the arts are those created by the students of the High School of the Arts based upon traditional recipes of Ampezzo cuisine and shown in the three works of food art in the exhibition are the ingredients for casunziei, knoedel and the barley soup, moving from pan to canvas to satisfy the eyes as well as taste buds.

The exhibition will be open from May 6th to the 16th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.
  • Corso Italia, 69
    Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)


The museum hub of the Regole d’Ampezzo embodies excellence in each respective field. The Rimoldi Museum of Modem Art curates one of the top twentieth century Italian art collections. The Rinaldo Zardini Paleontological Museum displays unique paleontological finds, which are being studied worldwide by prestigious universities. Lastly, the new Ethnographic Museum tells a story of an ancient and still current institution, the Regole d’Ampezzo.
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In several European localities collective properties are still surviving: “Vicinie” [neighborhoods], “Regole” [rules], “Partecipanze” [participations], and “Consorterie” [consortiums] are just some of the names they go by. In Cortina d’Ampezzo they are known as the Regole. Here, forests and pastures are collective properties of the original community.
The property and collective usage of forest and pasture resources has represented for centuries the essential source of survival for the Ampezzo people, regulating also the relationship between man and environment, and allowing a sustainable use of the natural territory in the valley.
This ancient order establishes the collective right of the territory’s fruition and management. Land cannot be sold or be subject to changes of destination: it is a natural, cultural and economic patrimony, one of co-ownership, to be transferred to the children, where conservation and production uses coincide.
The guarantee of indissolubility and inalienability of the forest and pasture patrimony has allowed to identify in this self-governing form a reliable custodian of the cultural patrimony of the territory. This wealth finds its full meaning within the three important collections kept by the museums.
The first one, the arts, has been declared by the Department of Culture one of the most relevant twentieth century collections in Italy, offering masterpieces by such artists as Alberto Savinio, Fortunato Depero and Renato Guttuso, together with other must-haves when studying Filippo de Pisis, Mario Sironi, Giorgio de Chirico and Massimo Campigli. The museum was founded in 1974 thanks to a gift to the Regole d’Ampezzo of 364 Italian works belonging to collector Mario Rimoldi by Ms. Rosa Braun, his widow. This initial core collection has been enhanced over the years by hundreds of other works, gifted or bequeathed.
A year later, in 1975, the Rinaldo Zardini Paleontological Museum opened to the public; it holds in custody one of the most relevant collections of the geological and morphological evolution of the territory. The findings collected by Mr. Zardini from the area of the Dolomites surrounding Cortina have been catalogued in detail by the researcher from Ampezzo. Over the years, the collection has grown thanks to other dedicated individuals who have uncovered new and precious specimen of fossils, even plants, up until the recent exceptional discovery of the oldest organism included in amber, found in a drop by collector Paolo Fedele. The interest in this collection has been growing steadily, and scholars from all over the world have been visiting the museum which is now part of a network of prestigious research institutions.
The Ethnographic Museum was founded in 2011, telling the story of the institution of the Regole in a modern context. The exhibition’s goal is to explain how, behind a landscape of forests and pastures admired by all, there are centuries-old choices made by past generations; how the collective property has been the essential source of survival for the Ampezzo community; and how this institution, nowadays still being recognized as such, is still up and running.
The institution of the Regole is recognized by Italian law through specific legislation protecting its particular reality. The Regole have also been managing the Natural Park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo since 1990.
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