The MAN in Nuoro is opening up to the public once again, having put in place all the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff alike.
The Secret Kingdom. Sardinia-Piedmont: a postcolonial vision exhibition, curated by Luca Scarlini, which should have opened on 13 March, is ready to welcome visitors from Friday 29 May and will run until Sunday 15 November 2020.
Through the work of artists, musicians and intellectuals, the display represents a broad and complex historiographical and cultural exploration, revealing the relationship between Sardinia and Piedmont from 1720 to the 1960s. It features a variety of works of art, documents, artefacts, literary texts, illustrations, ceramics, photographs and musical scores from prestigious Italian institutions. The exhibition is completed by a section dedicated to animation, curated by the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission, which worked in partnership with the MAN to develop four experimental animated shorts on Sardinian illustrators active in Piedmont in the twentieth century.
The exhibition reveals an unseen side of the Kingdom of Sardinia, a secret kingdom packed with stories that have not yet been explored and that are made up of prolific encounters and great mobility, mostly narrated in polemical terms by Sardinian historiography and with numerous misinterpretations by Piedmontese historiography.
The relationship between the two regions began in 1720 when the island became a Savoy territory. From then on, the cultural exchanges and transactions between the two areas grew more and more intense, leading to a period of movements of people, objects and ideas that made a profound change to the fate of Sardinia and Piedmont and also contributed to the constitution of the Kingdom of Italy and the development of a national culture.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monographic catalogue published by Ilisso, which incorporates specially commissioned essays by a number of important Sardinian and Piedmontese authors and writers, including Marcello Fois, writer, comedian and scriptwriter, Gianni Farinetti, crime writer, scriptwriter and director, Maria Paola Dettori, art historian, Luciano Marrocu, historian and writer, and Luigi Fassi, MAN director.