"The golden city" in Palermo: clothes and furnishings tell us about life one hundred years ago

The show has arrived «The golden city»: clothes, furnishings and accessories that tell how we were a hundred years ago. the doors ofHotel of the poor they open up to the city, hosting the exhibition itinerary organized by the Sicilian Region and curated by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.

The event is the last stage of a cycle, which started in 2019 in Catania, which touched the 9 major Sicilian cities to arrive in the capital as the last stop, remaining open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 18 until 25 January. Here, the exhibition is made up of two moments: the first in which the architectural exhibition also hosts the most important expressions of the other cities, the second, however, which shows new precious elements that pertain to the furniture of the time in fashion and costume.

«The realization was also possible thanks to the collaboration of three important collectors – explains the superintendent Selima Giuliano – such as Raffaello Piraino, who lent us the clothes, and the owner of Casa Savona, Ernesto Savona, an art deco jewel apartment, and Poste Italiane, which have recreated the environments and interior design of the 20s and 30s». In those years Palermo saw the boom of large public buildings, such as school, military and urban planning buildings: «There is a particular focus on this union – continues the superintendent – between the external architecture and the internal design that went perfectly – the main example is the Palazzo delle Poste».

Also present at the exhibition was the Councilor for Heritage, Andrea Mineo, who also brought the institutional greetings from the mayor: «It is an exhibition that reflects on the past – said the Councilor -, but projecting us onto the future. The 1930s were a period of great experimentation, with a confrontation between two cultures, one dogmatic of the regime and the other with a European tendency. These years have been useful because guidelines have been drawn up and they have institutionalized what is still today the guiding law for the government of the territory. A path that is still relevant today».

On the sidelines, the president Renato Schifani also expressed his opinion, for whom «it was a great research work carried out by various institutional actors, including Poste Italiane, but ample credit goes to the cultural superintendencies of our island, starting from Palermo who carried out the project», and the regional councilor for cultural heritage and Sicilian identity, Elvira Amata: «An interesting project is concluded through which the councilorship has thoroughly examined a particular period rich in cultural ferment and interventions constructions made in an atmosphere of great rebirth and intense production».

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