The Exhibition of the Fondazione Asti Musei
A magnificent palace, sumptuous and elegant, made so by the eighteenth-century taste of Benedetto Alfieri, it is now a treasure trove of arts, a civic museum and a venue for prestigious temporary exhibitions. However, this was not always the case for Palazzo Mazzetti: it was once the home of powerful and noble families and its rooms have hosted illustrious figures such as the pretender to the English throne, James Stuart, the King of Sardinia, Charles Emmanuel III and even Napoleon I, who stayed here in 1805 with his wife Josephine of Beauharnais. As you enter the building, which has been restored to its former glory by the Banca di Asti and the Asti Foundation, which has owned it since 1937, you can feel the souls of the people who once lived there, amidst the majestic frescoed and stuccoed rooms, velvet sofas and Venetian chandeliers. Likewise, even today, in the studios, the alcove and the party room, one can still perceive all the energy of the powerful and noble Mazzetti family, who became rich thanks to the activity of the Mint and through prestigious real estate purchases.
There could be no better home for the portraits of illustrious Asti citizens who, from the walls of their rooms, seem to be talking about a glorious and lively past. About the city of Asti, which today honours it by guiding through its walls the many visitors who come here, attracted by the top-level exhibitions that enliven it every year. Exhibitions which, since 2010, have been characterizing the cultural life of an entire community, including archaeology, through sculpture, cinema, communication and photography, up to the prestigious exhibitions with the works of Chagall in 2018 and "Monet and the Impressionists in Normandy" in 2019: the Fondazione Palazzo Mazzetti as a real cultural propeller able to create highly popular artistic events.
All you have to do is pass under the vault of the sumptuous gateway and follow the different itineraries: from the ancient cellars to the noble floors and, until October, let yourself be contaminated by the colours of the tapestries by visiting the temporary exhibition "Asti, Città degli arazzi" (Asti, City of Tapestries) with works by the Scassa and Montalbano Tapestries.
From the 19th of November 2021 until the 1st of May 2022, the Macchiaioli exhibition can be visited at Palazzo Mazzetti in Asti. The cost of the exhibition is € 10 for adults (entrance + visit) € 8 per child.
The Theatrical Costume exhibition organized by the Guglielminetti Foundation contains precious treasures. The exhibition, visitable from the 8th of October to the 31st of December, offers 40 sketches for stage costumes signed by great masters of 20th century international scenography.
Admission is included in the Smarticket.