Villa Grismondi Finardi

Installation Matteo Ragni

"An Ode to Things"

There is a world in which objects speak. Not far away, but not close either. It appears every so often, when it is a good day and the light settles on things carefully and with attention. Then, the objects speak, all together. The old ones and new ones, the useful and less useful. Some that make us laugh and others that enchant instead. This exhibition came into being out of the attention for these special days. A temporary Wunderkammer, a brief and unexpected conversation between what already was and that which was added. Visitors/explorers are responsible for listening to this silent dialogue, for searching and discovering. And being astonished by this world where objects speak and one discovers the patience of reciting an ode to things.  
Invitations to talk design
13 September 2017
Matteo Ragni


Located close to the city center of Bergamo, Villa Grismondi Finardi was first built as a country house. Its current name is linked to two noble families: the Grismondi, who inhabited the mansion during the eighteenth century, and the Finardi, who own the estate since the middle of 1800. Between 1855 and 1858, architect Giacomo Bianconi dedicated himself to a restoration work that determines the current look of the house, with sober exteriors and lavishly decorated interiors. The architect also designed the wide park, characterized by a nineteenth-century English plant, and fenced a century later after the construction of Quartiere Finardi.