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Museo d'Arte Moderna "Mario Rimoldi"

The Museum was officially opened in 1974 thanks to the generous gift donated to the Regole of Ampezzo by Mrs Rosa Braun, the widow of Mario Rimoldi, a well known collector in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Famous artists like De Pisis, De Chirico, Sironi, Campigli and Music - habitual guests of the Ampezzo valley- started a fruitful friendship with the art collector.
In 1941, when the first international exhibition of Art Collectors opened in Cortina, the Mario Rimoldi collection was already well delineated. It featured splendid paintings by de Pisis, Morandi, Semeghini, Rosai, Campigli, Sironi, Garbari, Severini, Tosi and Guidi.
After World War II, the collection grew with the experimental works of the artists who were already represented by their figurative art works. The art collector was interested in the artists of the figurative school from the Veneto area like Cadorin, Cesetti, Saetti, Tomea and Depero, and also in the new artistic movements that were being created. The collection features La Zolfara by Guttuso and works by the leading artists of the new experimentation like Corpora, Crippa, Dova, Morlotti, Music, Santomaso, Vedova. The collector discovers also foreign artists like Kokoschka, Leger, Villon, Zadkine, and widens his interests with the protagonists of the neo-avantgarde and the abstractionism of the Fifties.

The Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities has recognized the cultural interest of the collection which spans over a period of fife years and is noted as one of the most significant collections of the 20th century Italian art.; for the presence of masterpieces by painters like Savinio, Garbari, Depero, Guttuso and of a few works which are fundamental in the study of de Pisis, Sironi, De Chirico, Semeghini, Tomea, Tosi, Campigli.

The permanent exhibition features the Chiesa di Cortina and the Soldatino francese by de Pisis, the Bagnanti by Carena, the Squero di San Travaso by Semeghini, the Zolfara by Guttuso, the San Sebastiano by Garbari, the Ile des charmes by Savinio and the Concerto by Campigli.

The museum aims at preserving, improving and promoting the collection; at informing about art collector Mario Rimoldi and increasing the interest for the Italian art of the Twentieth century. The museum cooperates with temporary exhibitions of important Italian and foreign institutions.

The exhibition The Great War on paper. Press, Narrative, and Art in Europe.1914-1919 represents the World War One seen through the eyes of illustrators, caricaturists, politicians, and men of letters who adapted their art to military needs.

The exhibition includes the three floors of the Modern Art Museum “Mario Rimoldi”:
Ground floor: The Front of the Veneto during the Great War. One hundred years one hundred pictures. A photographic exhibition about the life of Italian soldiers in the front.
First floor: The Great War on paper. Press, Narrative, and Art in Europe.1914-1919. Postcards, satirical cartoons, trench journals, magazines, and testimonies of various kinds present different facets of war such as propaganda, dissent, love, satire, landscape. These media allowed to communicate a belief or a situation at a glance. The authors were both writers and illustrators who worked from “home”, as well as soldiers serving on the frontline or just behind the front.
Second floor: the artworks of the permanent collection with artists lived during the World War One.

Opening hours: 10.30-12.30 / 16.00-20.00 Monday closed except on August.

With the exhibition FROM THE WHOLE WORLD TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD: BALSAMO DIALOGUES WITH MUSIC, the Regole d'Ampezzo want to pay homage to painter Renato Balsamo who, in 1974, following the donation by Rosa Braun of her husband's invaluable art collection, created the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum, which he directed until 2010, and who had Cortina's cultural growth always close to his heart, both as teacher and headmaster of the local Art School and as tireless organizer of important cultural events, from visual arts to literature and music.

Balsamo took his art diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. After a study tour in Spain, he arrived in Cortina where he began his teaching experience and became close friend of the art collector Mario Rimoldi. It was in the rooms of the Art School, where Mario Rimoldi used to offer painters space to work, that Balsamo met Anton Zoran Music and the two artists established a sincere and close friend

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Falling in Love with Contemporary Art
1941 - 2017

The exhibition aims at recalling the first Italian Exhibition of Contemporary Art Collections, which was held in Cortina in August 1941, with the support of the Ministry of Education.

Imago Aphroditae
La bellezza muliebre dal XV al XX secolo

La mostra Imago Aphroditae. La bellezza muliebre dal XV al XX secolo, allestita presso il Museo d’Arte Moderna Mario Rimoldi, si propone di riflettere sul tema dell’iconografia femminile

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