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The Nuovo Forno del Pane in Bologna: when food and art cross the path – Italian Cuisine


This is how the ancient bread oven, inaugurated during the First World War, was transformed into a museum and, above all, into a new interdisciplinary production center available to artists

Where once the bread to give a shred of hope and nourishment to the people of Bologna, today we try to nourish art in its younger, most unusual, most beautiful forms. In this 2020 certainly far from simple for our artists, the New bread oven of the Emilian capital – within the Mambo, the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna – is renewed once again, transforming itself not only into an exhibition space, but into a real interdisciplinary production site available to a group of creative talents. An important leap for the structure, which thus returns to its origins as a place of preparation, of creation, with art that is metaphorically mixed. And then bread.

Il Forno del Pane (Photo: Cineteca di Bologna Archive)

The history of the building

The building that now houses the MAMbo has its roots up to the early twentieth century. The first section, in particular, was built in 1915 at the behest of the Mayor of Bologna Francesco Zanardi: its original function is that of a municipal bakery and becomes essential during the years of WWI, to ensure the supply of bread to citizens and to calm the prices. In the 1940s, then, the building was expanded to house the Autonomous Consumption Authority, until its final closure in 1958.

Conversely, the transformation of the old bakery into a museum began in the second half of the 1990s. The restoration, designed by Aldo Rossi, aims to recover the structure with the utmost respect for its pre-existing architectural features. When the restoration is complete, the space is distributed over three floors, which house a conference room, a bar-restaurant, a bookshop, an educational department, exhibition rooms and the contemporary art library-newspaper library. But also the Hall of the Chimneys, which still retains the ancient fireplaces of the bakery, and which today is the beating heart of the New Forno del Pane project.

A new space for artistic production

The international explosion of the pandemic due to coronavirus led to an in-depth reflection not only on the possibility of enjoying art, but above all on the nature of the public museum institution, its function, its role for the cities and communities of reference. The Board of Directors of the Bologna Museums Institution, the Department of Culture and Promotion of the city and the related Department of the Municipality of Bologna, as well as the staff of MAMbo and its director Lorenzo Balbi, so they decided for an identity and strategic redefinition of the museum, to be undertaken through the project of the Nuovo Forno del Pane.

The building, therefore, is no longer intended only as a place of artistic enjoyment, but as a interdisciplinary production center in the round: the Sala delle Ciminiere del MAMbo is once again one cooking for the creative community, where art becomes bread for the mind and the museum turns into an oven, an incubator of creativity. A space that Bologna offers its artists to restart, to be reborn after the emergency using beauty and culture as an engine.

The selected artists

The commission chaired by Lorenzo Balbi himself – also responsible for the Modern and Contemporary Art Area of ​​the Bologna Museums Institution, has thus selected 12 artists domiciled in the Metropolitan City of Bologna, which has been assigned a research and production space within the Nuovo Forno del Pane. In particular, these are Ruth Beraha (1986, Milan), Paolo Bufalini (1994, Rome), Letizia Calori (1986, Bologna), Giuseppe De Mattia (1980, Bari), Allison Grimaldi Donahue (1984, Middletown, USA), Bekhbaatar Enkhtur (1994, UlaanBaatar, Mongolia), Eleonora Luccarini (1993, Bologna), Rachele Maistrello (1986, Vittorio Veneto), Francis Offman (1987, Butare, Rwanda), Mattia Pajè (1991, Melzo), Vincenzo Simone (1980, Seraing , Belgium), Filippo Tappi (1985, Cesena).

A decidedly varied selection in profiles – by age and geographic origin, of course, but above all by training and expressive languages ​​- which well represents the new inclinations traced by emerging Italian art. The hope is that the group can find in the daily experience of close comparison a further element of wealth and an opportunity for growth. For themselves, as well as for the whole community.

Vanity Fair is auctioning 100 special copies on eBay to support the Red Cross – Italian Cuisine

Vanity Fair is auctioning 100 special copies on eBay to support the Red Cross


Vanity Fair is auctioning 100 special copies of the issue "L'Italia Siamo Noi" signed by Francesco Vezzoli on Ebay. The proceeds will go to the solidarity campaign promoted by the Laps Foundation in support of the Italian Red Cross committed to dealing with the Covid-19 emergency

Starting tomorrow, April 29, 100 hardcover numbered copies of the issue of Vanity Fair "We are Italy", signed by Francesco Vezzoli – one of the most famous Italian artists in the world – will be auctioned on eBay.it. The proceeds will be donated to the solidarity campaign promoted by LAPS Foundation in support of the Italian Red Cross committed to dealing with the covid-19 emergency through the distribution of vouchers to the most needy families.

The cover of the issue is a work created exclusively for Vanity Fair by the Brescia-born artist in homage to Lucio Fontana: a tricolor canvas with a cut that represents a wound but also a crack, a hope and the desire to recover.

“There are images so powerful that they leave their mark on the memory until they become the symbol of epochs and historical moments. The work on the cover of Vanity Fair created by Francesco Vezzoli is one of these: that gash, that glimmer tells everything. The emergency and hope. Pain and desire for rebirth. His strength will go beyond these months and will remind us of the history of this period forever, "he says Simone Marchetti, director of Vanity Fair Italia.

Through the online auction on https://www.ebay.it/b/Aste-VanityFair/bn_7117166950 from 29 April to 27 May it will be possible to win one of the 100 copies of the special edition *. A real manifesto in support of Italian companies, with visions of what it would take to overcome the crisis caused by the virus and questions on tomorrow's markets. A collector's number that wants to celebrate that Italian unity and creativity that has always allowed this country to make the best of the worst situations it has historically faced.

eBay, one of the largest and most dynamic online marketplaces in the world, has decided to marry the project because it has always been committed to supporting the Italian community and supporting local SMEs. In the context of the Coronavirus emergency, the company's commitment has further intensified. eBay today supports several national realities engaged in the front line in the fight against Covid and is helping small and medium-sized enterprises to react to the crisis due to forced lockdown thanks to eCommerce.

"In such a difficult moment, eCommerce becomes a fundamental opportunity for both consumers and Italian companies that are suffering from the economic consequences of the emergency. eBay in Italy represents a community of over 35,000 professional sellers and more than 5 million active buyers and our goal is to support it and see it grow through tangible actions "he says Sara Cendaroni, eBay Head of Sales and Trading in Italy. "We are very proud to participate in this initiative promoted by Vanity Fair that combines art and social commitment in the sign of solidarity and support for national entrepreneurship".

The "Never give up" campaign was created by the Independent Ideas agency.

* The 100 copies will be auctioned on eBay.it in 4 different lots over the duration of the initiative. The auction base for each copy will be € 200.

Together in life and in the kitchen: a cross interview with Isabella Potì and Floriano Pellegrino – Italian Cuisine

Together in life and in the kitchen: a cross interview with Isabella Potì and Floriano Pellegrino


Young, cute and (very) busy: in the January 2018 issue of La Cucina Italiana, Isabella Potì and Floriano Pellegrino respond to a crossed Proustian questionnaire. Among ducks, stars and bittersweet romanticisms tell us about their kitchen of the future, "essential, a citizen of the world, but increasingly rooted in the territory".

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