On Saturday 23 May at the Valserena Abbey, just a few kilometres from Parma, the Archive-Museum of the The Study Centre and Communication Archive (CSAC), will open to the public.
It brings together and conserves original materials of visual communication, artistic research and design in Italy starting from the first decades of the 20th century. An extraordinary legacy of over 12 million individual items: Fine Art (over 1,700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 17,000 drawings), Photography (with over 300 collections and more than 9 million images), Design (1,500,000 drawings, 800 maquettes, 2,000 objects and around 70,000 items from figurines, to drawings, sketches, clothes and magazines) and Visual Arts (100 original films, 4,000 video-tapes and numerous ancient movie projectors).
The CSAC, founded in 1968 by Arturo Carlo Quintavalle and subsequently managed by Gloria Bianchino, has been housed since 2007 in the Cistercian Abbey of Valserena, traditionally identified as Stendhal’s “Charterhouse of Parma”. The abbey’s interiors have recently been renovated through an important architectural project sponsored and backed by the University of Parma.
The new CSAC boasts catering and accommodation services, including a restaurant-cafeteria and a hostel, set up in what were once the monks’ cells. There will also be a bookshop to buy catalogues of the exhibitions that the CSAC has mounted since 1969.
The CSAC has also scheduled teaching projects for primary and secondary schools, special initiatives for visitors and out-of-hours openings with themed events.
CSAC – Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione
Università di Parma
Abbazia di Valserena
Strada Viazza di Paradigna, 1
From Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 3pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm
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