Curated by Ilaria Bernardi

The Museo Nazionale di Matera – Palazzo Lanfranchi and Casa Noha, property of FAI, host the third stop on the traveling exhibition Progetto Genesi. Art and Human Rights, curated by Ilaria Bernardi and promoted by Associazione Genesi: a cross-disciplinary and inclusive project lasting an entire year (09/21/2021-09/21/2022) that combines exhibition and educational activities for the purpose of offering a permanent education on the topic of human rights.

The exhibition presents for the first time ever to the public the contemporary artworks in the Collezione Genesi, which reflect on the urgent, complex, and often dramatic cultural, environmental, social, and political issues of our day and age.

In Matera the exhibition opens on March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day.

At the Museo Nazionale di Matera – Palazzo Lanfranchi the exhibition unfolds on the first floor, in the last three rooms to the right of the staircase leading to the floor, and along the walls of the corridor connecting the three rooms.

These spaces host the six main theme-based sections, identified in the Collezione Genesi, through which the works convey this message linked to the defense of human rights: The Color of a Person’s SkinThe Female ConditionThe Memory of a PeopleThe Safeguarding of the Environment, Victims of Power, Multicultural Identity.

Discover the theme-based sections of the exhibition

In parallel, a work in the Collection, included in The Female Condition section, is shown at Casa Noha in order to induce the visitor to discover another important artistic, architectural and cultural property in this territory.

The exhibition of the Collezione Genesi has planned for the work by Monica Bonvicini, Home Is Where You Leave Your Belt (2019), dedicated to the theme of domestic violence against women. The work evokes a multitude of men who, upon entering their homes, remove their trousers and unfasten their belts, suggesting a state of male dominance and possible abuse against women.

Discover the other stops of the traveling exhibition Go to the Progetto Genesi home page

In addition to the exhibition, also an essential part of Progetto Genesi are the educational activities distributed in an intense program of meetings, guided tours and workshops, both on-site and online, liked to the exhibition, and by a cycle of twelve online conversations in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. These activities will continue for the entire duration of Progetto Genesi that is until September 2022. 

Discover the guided tours and workshops at Palazzo Lanfranchi Discover the conversations in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

[Cover: Ph., 2014. Copyright FAI – FONDO PER L’AMBIENTE ITALIANO]