Palazzo Moroni

Installation Alessandro Guerriero

"In Praise of Fragility"

'Fragile' is a Latin-derived term (frangere) meaning “to break, to snap, to smash”. 'Fragile' as something that can easily be damaged. However, Cicero taught us that frangere also means “moving, touching and making up one's mind”: my story may break you, move you and, by touching your heart, it may even make up your mind. From this point of view, fragility becomes the door towards the world of emotions which drive our thoughts and actions. The awareness of being fragile – taken as a positive value – belongs mostly to the woman. This comes from her story. In archaic societies, as Salvatore Natoli says, the role of the man was to kill, while the woman's was to generate and manage life, by giving birth and taking care of the naked and vulnerable baby she generates.


The gate of Palazzo Moroni opens at no.12 of Via Porta Dipinta: it is one of the highest expressions of the seventeenth-century architecture in Bergamo. The very simple front, just like the courtyard where the statue of Neptune dominates, is in stark contrast to the Baroque style of the interiors, decorated with frescoes by Barbelli on the impressive staircase and main rooms, complete with furniture and works of art that bear witness to the Moroni family’s love for collecting.  A large garden terrace extends suddenly from the internal balcony, and includes a medieval tower, elegant parterres and an “ortaglia” (plot of land) section.