Culture and European Peace at the center of collaboration between University and City in Parma

The Design! exhibition opens!

The exhibition Design! Objects, processes, experiences opens today, February 3rd, 2021 on the occasion of Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2020 + 21.

The exhibition is produced by the CSAC - Study Centre and Communication Archive of the University of Parma with the support of the Municipality of Parma and the Emilia-Romagna Region, in the context of Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2020 + 21 and in collaboration with GIA - Parma Artisan Business Group.
The exhibition, which should have been inaugurated last November, will open at the same time in two locations, the Abbey of Valserena and Palazzo Pigorini in Parma ( owned by the Municipality), from Wednesday to Friday (except for public holidays) with modalities of limited access in compliance with anti-Covid measures.

The first section, set up inside the Valserena Abbey, home of the CSAC, includes drawings, prototypes and objects by well-known Italian designers such as Archizoom Associati, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, Roberto Menghi, Bruno Munari, Alberto Rosselli, Roberto Sambonet, Ettore Sottsass jr. This section also includes the video produced by the Monte Olimpino Studio on the Castiglioni brothers, the videos produced in the 1980s by Metamorphosy and Magazzini Criminali in collaboration with Alessandro Mendini and the Muse Factory of Projects film curated by Francesca Molteni, which offers a further reading on the lesson of Italian designers and the power of the archive.

The second section at Palazzo Pigorini, entitled Bodies and processes, co-curated by Valentina Rossi, presents the results of the first phase of the Storie di fili project, conducted by CSAC in partnership with the Museum System of the University of Parma, Cooperativa Eidè, Foundation Glauco Lombardi Museum and with the contribution of the Cariparma Foundation. Three new sculpture dresses by the artist Sissi, designed through a process of comparison with the CSAC heritage (in particular with the figures of Cinzia Ruggeri, Krizia and Brunetta, present in the exhibition) and made with the local companies Equipage Srl, Maglificio Nuova Ester and Parmamoda Srl, will dialogue with the costumes made by Sartoria Farani, also kept at the CSAC, giving rise to a reflection on the body, on the dress and on its creative and tailoring process.

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Debating the European Peace and its challenges


The 2nd edition of the Jean Monnet module "B4Peace: the challenges to European peace” about to start at the University of Parma.

Last year, the University of Parma received funding from the European Commission to set up a course on the broad concept of peace, which is declined both on the internal side (the development and evolution of the welfare state in Europe) and on the international side (the promotion of peace and democracy by the European Union).
The course B4Peace: the challenges to European peace has been included as an optional course in the Political Science programme and involves about 100 students every year. B4Peace is an innovative and multidisciplinary course, featuring economists, sociologists, law experts and political scientists from the University of Parma and other Italian universities (Trento, Turin, Catholic University and Milan “Statale”). Thanks to its original contents and innovative teaching methodologies, the course represents a unique opportunity to discuss with experts from different fields on highly topical issues (such as conflicts, migration, human rights, cohesion policies).

The first class is scheduled for February 4th, 2021.

For more information, check out the project website: .


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