Trentino is like the painting “The School of Athens” by Raphael

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The journalist and art critic Luigi Lambertini donates his precious collection of works of art to the Municipality of Rovereto

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«I spent four and a half years in Trentino and it was an exciting time. I arrived in 1966 and told about the flood, the protests, I gave life to projects and participated in the life of the city. When I think of Trentino, I think of Raphael’s School of Athens: there is no area that has given so much to the arts in the last century. I think of Carlo Belli, Fortunato Depero, Fausto Melotti, Adalberto Libera, Riccardo Zandonai, Marco Pola. You Trentino people are sitting on a chest of rubies and diamonds».
So Luigi Lambertini, welcomed today by the City Council in Rovereto, the city to which the well-known journalist and art critic wanted to donate his precious collection of works and writings.
Born in Nice in 1932, he began his career in the early 1950s in Bologna writing for «Carlino Sera» and «Nazione Sera». “Gazzetta di Parma”, “Corriere della Liguria” and “L’Avvenire d’Italia” will follow.

He also publishes, in art editions, a series of short stories with engravings by Piacesi, Tamburi, Radice, Reggiani and Veronesi. In 1966 he was hired by RAI of Trento. In addition to his editorial work and radio commentator, he created exhibitions such as the Premio Trento (1967), Unopiusei (1968), L’Incisione Trentina (1971) and personal exhibitions, among others by Santomaso, Radice, Veronesi and Dorazio. His contribution to the Depero retrospective at the Martano Gallery in Turin in collaboration with the Depero Museum in Rovereto (1969) is noteworthy. He will leave from Trentino in 1970, to move to Rome for the cultural services of the Giornale Radio and then to the GR2 and, until 1994, to Radio Uno as head of the structure. Formerly a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics), from 1984 to 1993 he was a member of the board of directors of the National Quadrennial in Rome. He collaborated variously with newspapers («Il Gazzettino», «L’Unione Sarda», «Kleine Zeitug» of Graz) and with magazines («Le Arti», «NAC» and «Arte In»). From 1974 to 1989 he wrote for Montanelli’s «Il Giornale» and from 1989 to 2006 for «Il Corriere della Sera».

«I decided to make this donation to Rovereto because it is a city that combines culture with daily life, first of all to thank the artists who have donated their works to me and to thank you who have welcomed me. Art is communication, it is confrontation. I have always looked for quality in people and I found it here».
A theme particularly dear to Lambertini is that of the conservation of memory: «Each of the works has a past, tells a story and must be preserved. I am thinking of the objects that end up on the stalls, a bedside lamp could have belonged to a prelate or a prostitute, it is an object that is good for everyone. But when someone throws away a grandfather’s Iron Cross, he doesn’t think about how much fear, how much suffering, how much personal history that simple piece of metal carries with him. We have to preserve the memory.”

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“This donation is an act of trust in our community – said Francesco Valduga – and in all of Trentino and our thanks will be to give people the opportunity to get to know a heritage of beauty, the result of a lifetime of experience of work. Culture teaches us to live together, to dialogue and build Peace”.
The Lambertini collection includes more than 140 works, including Depero, Morandi, Fontana, Radice, Verna, Burri: a temporary exhibition will soon be organized, together with a catalogue, while some works will find a home in the Tartarotti Civic Library.

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