The first exhibition in Italy dedicated to the famous hill of utopia, the Monte Verità community, its founders and the illustrious guests who frequented it: thinkers and anarchists, philosophers, theosophists, men of letters, artists and architects.
Situated amidst the luxuriant woods and gentle hills overlooking Lake Maggiore, it was a true laboratory of a new culture born in response to bourgeois conformism and the dominant thought of the 19th and 20th centuries, and its founders were true pioneers of organic and eco-friendly living, vegetarian culture and natural body care, prophetically anticipating themes that are very relevant today.
Vintage images, testimonials, virtual reconstructions, clothes and symbolic objects describe this multidisciplinary circle, the cradle of European counterculture, characterised by the presence of illustrious personalities from every country who took refuge here far from the drama of the wars and the ideological clash between capitalism and communism that was prevailing in Europe: The anarchist Bakunin, the Hungarian choreographer Rudolf von Laban, the Dadaist Hugo Ball, the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, the artists Hans Arp and Paul Klee, through to Hermann Hesse and Carl Gustav Jung.
This place was a centre of culture and spirituality marking an extraordinary chapter in modern history, made up of spiritual, philosophical and aesthetic research, of practices such as the vegetarian diet and sunbathing of the Lebensreform, where the expressions of human genius merged with the harmonious exercise of the body and painting.
The exhibition, curated by the Museo Novecento, in collaboration with the Fondazione Monte Verità (Ascona Canton Ticino), is enriched by a programme of film shows, lectures and book presentations.
The first exhibition in Italy dedicated to the famous hill of utopia, Monte Verità, to its founders and the illustrious guests who frequented it, a centre of culture and spirituality between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, where spiritual, philosophical and aesthetic research, practices such as vegetarian diets and Lebensreform sunbathing, expressions of human genius merged with the harmonious exercise of the body and painting, attracting thinkers and anarchists, aesthetics, men of letters, artists and architects from every country.
Vintage images, testimonials, virtual reconstructions, clothes and symbolic objects describe this place as the crudle of European counterculture and forerunner of modern organic and eco-friendly living.