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Remo Brindisi's Museum House

Remo Brindisi's Museum House

“The Remo Brindisi’s Alternative Museum” was inaugurated and opened to the public in 1973 and was designed by the Architect Nanda Vigo with two distinct functions. The first to be used as a holiday home for Remo Brindisi and his family and the second as a museum to house his rich art collection.
This was a complex test to accommodate a work-studio/home but above all an experimental cultural space born with the purpose to define the direct relationship between visual arts, architecture, design, painting and sculpture.
The architecture revealed the importance of space. White walls or transparent walls, mirrors, neon lights made the museum more spacious and giving those within the villa a sensation of being in a different dimension.
All the spaces, including the private quarters, have a great number of art works that Brindisi collected during his life time.
Today the whole art collection and the Museum House are property of Comacchio Borough Council, left by Brindisi in his will and is now the council’s civic museum and called “Remo Brindisi’s Museum House”. It houses great and unique artworks, culturally complex and is proof of Brindisi’s whole artistic life and his passion as an art collector.


Historical Background

Remo Brindisi

The idea of giving life to the Alternative Museum was born due to the need to house the great number of art works I had collected (and those I wanted to collect) in a home expressly built for this purpose. Years earlier, I was lucky to live surrounded by extraordinary men, great lovers of art who with great force of will and risk became pioneers of contemporary art collection in Italy. My friendship with these professionals allowed me to live their own personal journey and to collect many art works which I thought interesting. Certainly the sacrifices were not few. It was a period of economic need and this need showed itself ruthlessly; […]

I had an idea in my head of the environment that would house the art collection. I analytically described my collection to Nanda Vigo and generally expounded my project. We started discussing and found ourselves facing a great number of obstacles. The building had to house different functions; a museum, a living museum and had to fulfil the needs of a family home during the summer months. We started putting down many ideas and ended up developing an idea with essential and fundamental lines. We moved on to the building phase but due to the particularity of the enterprise the building phase underwent continual changes with great expenditure of building materials, time, money and incredible delays for the whole project. 
The building works started in 1971 and after nearly 3 years (September 1973) the Museum was officially inaugurated by the then Minister of Cultural Heritage Senator Camillo Ripamonti. 
The architect-designer Nanda Vigo designed the museum house as a usable and feasible object for the masses and this was done by using her artistic and cultural resources revealing how avant-garde she was. […]

Once the building works were finished more difficulties arose. Art works ranging from Medardo Rosso to Modigliani to artists of today were not put in any hierarchical or chronological order but according to a democratic concept that ignored the art work’s rank in value. These works were on show according to a congenial aesthetic-architectural context. This was also due to the primary need of the Alternative Museum for the integration of all its architectural elements, plastic, graphics, furbishing and so forth, in a singular language that offered a global vision of our age. Also the tool-room followed this concept. […]

Every part of the house is a living area for the user and the works of art. The kitchen and bar are demonstrative areas of how, in every moment, one can and must live near artistic products without unnatural barriers or anti-historic myths. The art works constitute an important element of our existence like the architectural structure, furbishing and tool-room. The fundamental principle and ideal upon which the Alternative Museum is founded. It is also a relevant aspect of the value of social life and its ethical significances: the canteen as part of the communal moment as a meeting place and area to relax.


Remo Brindisi's Museum House

Via Nicolò Pisano, 45
44024 Lido di Spina – Comacchio (Fe)
Tel. +39 0533 314154 - 333656

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