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 September 19th, the Fondazione Asti Musei organizes at Palazzo Mazzetti an exclusive exhibition entirely dedicated to the territory and to the great local manufacturing: Asti, Città degli arazzi (Asti, City of Tapestries).
Through the exhibition of 21 tapestries, the city wants to pay homage to the activity of Ugo Scassa and Vittoria Montalbano, two of the most prestigious manufactures of Asti, protagonists of an important and unique chapter in the relationship between the city and the artistic and cultural environment since the sixties of the twentieth century.
On display are great examples made by these workshops that have both interpreted masterpieces of the 20th century and started collaborations with famous Italian artists: the tapestries Apollo e Dafne (1967) by Corrado Cagli; Composizione astratta (1968) and Pittura Murale (1980) by Luigi Spazzapan; Teatro delle Marionette (Puppet Theatre) by Paul Klee and Tiro al bersaglio (Target Shooting) (1986) by Felice Casorati and, again from the Scassa tapestry workshop, Composizione astratta (Abstract Composition) (2005) by Paolo Conte.
By Valerio Miroglio are Omaggio a Rubens and Doppio sole (1989), Flora (1991) and F. Bomb (1986) and always made on the loom by Vittoria Montalbano are the works on display by Francesco Preverino, Sandro de Alexandris and Eve Donovan.
Entrance to the exhibition Asti, città degli Arazzi is included in the smarticket that allows you to visit the six sites of the Fondazione Asti Musei (Palazzo Mazzetti, Cripta e Museo di Sant'Anastasio, Palazzo Alfieri - Museo Guglielminetti, Domus Romana, Torre Troyana and Complesso Monumentale di San Pietro and Museo Archeologico).