The National Gallery of San Marino A Journey into Contemporary Art

The National Gallery of San Marino

The National Gallery of San Marino

A Journey into Contemporary Art

The National Gallery of San Marino represents a unique and fascinating place, where history, politics and art intertwine in an engaging and meaningful exhibition itinerary.

Reality and Abstraction: Events Related to the Second World War and the Post-War Period

The first room of the exhibition opens with an in-depth analysis of the delicate events linked to the Second World War and the subsequent post-war period. Here, the relationships and contiguities between historical events and the political and social facts that profoundly marked that crucial period in world history are documented.

Experimental Languages: The Innovation of Contemporary Arts in San Marino

The experimental languages of contemporary arts forcefully enter the San Marino cultural and artistic debate with the IV and VI San Marino Biennial between 1963 and 1968. This moment marks an important turning point in the artistic evolution of the country, opening the doors to new expressive forms and an innovative vision of contemporary art.

Traversing History: The Return to Painting as a Privileged Practice

In the third room of the exhibition, works by artists who, starting from the end of the seventies, have chosen to adopt painting as a privileged practice are displayed. These artists demonstrate the desire to return to a new relationship with the matter, color and body of art, also reinterpreting the history of art as an immense reservoir of images from which to draw in full creative freedom.

Performative Archive: An Open Space for Conservation and Cataloguing

The performative archive of the National Gallery represents a central space for the life of the museum, as it carries out various functions related to the conservation and cataloging of special collections of documents, projects and works that have characterized the history of contemporary arts in San Marino in a experimental. These documents become part of a place accessible to the public, which is enriched and revitalized through lessons, conferences, exhibitions and performances.

Artist's Books: A Unique and Fascinating Heritage

An integral part of the performance archive is the Artist's Books section, mainly composed of two distinct nuclei. On the one hand, we find historical books created by renowned artists such as Enzo Cucchi, while on the other, a unique collection of its kind composed of 29 books created by artists from small European states and micro geo-political areas. These works, created on the occasion of the Subjectve Maps / Disappearances exhibition, represent an extraordinary cultural heritage that testifies to the creativity and artistic innovation present in San Marino and beyond.

Reality and Abstraction -> Experimental Languages -> Going through History -> Performative Archive -> Artist's books

In conclusion, the National Gallery of San Marino is confirmed as an extraordinary place where art, history and innovation come together to offer the public a unique and unforgettable experience. A journey through the different facets of contemporary art that leaves a deep mark in the hearts of anyone who has the privilege of visiting it.

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Students on a school trip to San Marino: an unmissable experience

Students on a school trip to San Marino: an unmissable experience

A school trip to the oldest Republic in the world it can be a fun and educational experience at the same time. It is an experience that every student should have at least once in their life and a guided tour of the Historic Center is certainly the ideal choice to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating city.

San Marino is an independent state and is located between the regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche. Its history of over 1700 years arouses great fascination and curiosity, a guided tour will allow students to discover the culture, the events and the anecdotes that allowed the small Republic to maintain its legendary freedom.

Our guided tours are aimed at experiential learning that will allow classes of students to discover the main points of interest in the historic center such as: Porta San Francesco, Cava dei Balestrieri, Palazzo Pubblico, Basilica del Santo and Prima Torre Guaita. Additionally, students will be able to experience “international travel” without the need for a passport, immersing themselves in the history and culture of a small state located in the heart of Italy.

You have decided to visit San Marino with your class and want to include the Republic in a stop on the end-of-year school trip? Discover some of the thematic proposals dedicated to schools in addition to the classic guided tours of the Historic Center:

School Special: “Red balloons fall from the sky”

School Special: Theatrical Tourist Visit of the Historic Centre




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Torture Museum – San Marino

The Torture Museum brings together a truly unique and internationally renowned collection of over 100 original instruments of torture from the 16th and 17th centuries and philological reconstructions from the 18th and 19th centuries: from the inquisitorial chair, to the baccanaro pipe, to the Spanish spiders.

A great exhibition, inserted in an evocative context, which will not fail to amaze visitors, but also to make them reflect on the complex systems of torture. A chilling journey between tools and devices born from terrible human inventiveness, but which become a formidable testimony against the crime of state and power.

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Wax Museum – San Marino

It is located in the oldest Republic in the world the Wax Museum, the first private museum on Titan, born in 1966. Located right in the heart of the historic center of San Marino, between the magnificence of the three towers and the Palazzo Pubblico, you will find yourself in front of this magical place, where the present is left behind, to dive into our past for a while.

In fact, it is retraced here the history of our Republic, but many others are also represented salient moments in world history: from Jacqueline Kennedy's audience before Pope John XXIII, to the meeting between Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, passing through Napoleon Bonaparte, Giuseppe Garibaldi and many others.

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