Carrara, history in X-rays. Aruntica turns 30

Thirty years of activity but it doesn’t show it. The Accademia Aruntica of Carrara celebrated the important milestone with the traditional spring study meeting held in the Polartis center of San Martino. “It was December 1994 when some willing citizens made a commitment for their city: to bring to light an eighteenth-century academy that had prospered by cultivating poetry and literary nugae of intellectuals and notables from Carrara” said the president and custodian Cristina Andrei opening the works “but the rebirth of 1994 took place under more profitable auspices, in the name of a civil ethic that wanted to promote and deepen the study of the city and historical, scientific and literary knowledge, with the commitment to safeguard and pass it on”.

Andrei remembered the many who gave a lot to Aruntica over the course of these thirty years and who are no longer here: from the founder Claudio Pisani to the presidents Giancarlo Molignoni, Rosa Maria Galleni Pellegrini, Pierlorenzo Secchiari, to the tireless secretary Francesco Dolci. “Love for the city is the common thread that has run through these thirty years, a thread spun by many hands, ready to intertwine with others for as many years, among sculptures, characters, events”. Following this, Maria Teresa Bernardini Tonini presented “Poster: a special visitor to Carrara”, some photos taken from the family archive, an invitation to research and take photographs out of drawers at home to share, to relive unrepeatable moments or places in the city that they do not exist anymore.

In the usual corner reserved for sculpture, Enzo Tinarelli, specialized in the art of mosaic, presented ‘The will and balance in the sculptures of Matteo Faben’, some of whose marble works were exhibited in the room. Following the reports, with Lanmarco Laquidara who spoke about his father, ‘Mario Laquidara. Memory of a historian and dialect writer five years after his death ‘; Gualtiero Magnani spoke on ‘Vinitaly…160 years ago! The wines of the Apuan hills at the Turin agricultural exhibition of 1864’; Marzia Dati who spoke about ‘Lazzaro Papi (1763-1834), translator, Anglicist, writer and director of the Sculpture museum of the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara’.

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