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Beautiful museum; interesting exhibition

Spent about 2,5 hours wandering around the "Italissima" exhibition (with audioguide) and the... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Anna_IA
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Kiev, Ukraine
Pristine

A very well managed and presented museum which opened my eyes to the civil war during WWII for one... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2018
Y8808JGdavidt
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 8, 2017

Art exhibition on the inluence of insanity on art and how artists portrayed insanity in their work, This is not for the faint hearted and some people may find it disturbing. Would not advize those with current mental health problems to go to this exhibition. Ethics of showing photographs of patients who it is unlikely to have consented is debatable.
Many other artists apart from Goya and Bacon, who were very prominent on advertizing literature but represented only a very small proportion of the works exhibited,were represented in this exhibition. Interesting film on how the state had used "insanity" as a political tool.

Somewhat expensive at 16 euro

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

We paid €16 each to visit the Madness exhibition and the museum. That seems awfully steep. The Madness exhibition is a series of artworks by artists who have experienced mental illness or personality disorders. This includes Hitler. The photographs of asylum inmates were disturbing as they couldn't have consented at the time. It was interesting though. The rest of the museum is split between art which wasn't of great interest to us as we hadn't heard of the artists and history which was interesting. The film about Gasparo de Salo, arguably the first violin maker, is very good as is the section on Salo's history and on the Cult of the Duke, Mussolini. We spent a happy couple of hours here on a rainy morning so no complaints. It probably just sticks in our throats that we have to pay such high entry fees for museums abroad when ours are free.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

Salo was once a very important centre for revolutionary and other activities. It has a fascinating and turbulent history, and there is much in this Museum to inform the visitor about this. We were drawn to Salo and the museum by finding a flyer promoting an exhibition relating to art and madness, "From Goya to Bacon", which was very interesting and beautifully curated. There is also a good collection of art, and other fascinating things, for example a collection seismic instruments used locally to learn to understand and monitor earthquakes, an exhibition about Mussolini, 12th to 14th century historical ledgers and manuscripts. Go and have a look for yourself.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank MargaretK372
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Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

On a wet day on Lake Garda, this museum and its current exhibition entitled Museum of Madness seemed like an exciting place to pass the morning. As the strap line Goya and Bacon tempted me in I was disappointed that only 1Goya and I think maybe 6 sketches by Francis Bacon were on offer. Otherwise the exhibition did a half decent job of portraying how mental health problems affected the art of the various artists on exhibition.
The sculptures and sketches in the Cult of Mussolini exhibition were powerful and the displays did a good job of explaining the factions that were in play at the time. However disappointingly most of the Audio visual displays were malfunctioning.
The rest of the exhibits were such a mishmash of unrelated items that we came away thinking that in such an impressive venue they could have done better.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Excellent and comprehensive exhibits on the italian civil war, the museum of madness and centuries of local and regional history. Spent an entire day there and did not have enough time to see everything!

Date of experience: May 2017
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