He loved Gorizia without ifs and buts Count Guglielmo Coronini, a great Gorizian: "The historical and artistic heritage brought together over the centuries by my family - we read in his will - completed and reconstituted in my care, it must not be dispersed but serve the public enjoyment and cultural education of the community. The Palazzo Coronini Cronberg with the adjoining noble chapel (...) with all the furnishings, furniture, paintings, sculptures, archives, library and various collections of my property (...) together with the park (...) will constitute an intangible and unalterable museum complex, accessible to the public in perpetual remembrance of my family and as an ornament and attraction of my city". 

From this donation was born the Fondazione Palazzo Coronini Cronberg, a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by the Count. The aim was - and is - to make accessible to the City of Gorizia the immense heritage of the Cronberg family, starting from the Palace with the annexed huge park and the artistic and cultural heritage inside. At this time, the management is granted to the collegiate body (called Curatorio), composed of important profiles, among which we find the temporary President, that is the Mayor of Gorizia, the Superintendent of Fine Arts of the FVG, the Regional Councillor for Education and Culture, the Director of the State Library Isontina, the Director of the Provincial Museums of Gorizia, two effective members and two substitutes resident in the Municipality of Gorizia, but with proven expertise in the historical-artistic field. The Foundation provides for the management, improvement and promotion of the so-called real estate and material heritage of the Coronini-Cronberg estate. This consists in the maintenance, restoration and of course the opening of the premises to the public with exhibitions and events aimed at attracting an increasing number of visitors. The Foundation earns some income from the revenue it is guaranteed by visitors but lives mainly from the many public funds. Over the years, the Foundation has benefited from various funds, aimed at the renovation and development of the Estate's premises and its historical/cultural repertoire. Over the years, real estate (the estate itself and other properties - even non-adjacent ones) and furniture (paintings, and other cultural finds) have been restored. As said, this has been possible thanks to the sale of properties scattered in Italy and abroad, to many regional and private funding (with the participation of various provincial and especially Gorizia), which have guaranteed liquidity to the Foundation for the management of its assets. At the moment, the Foundation is engaged in the maintenance of the Estate with the redevelopment of the park, the structure itself and the respective artistic repertoire (ceramics, paintings, prints and drawings, fan furniture, fabrics, etc.). Other properties are present all around the city, where the Foundation is managing the restoration of the beautiful Villa Louise (in largo Giordano Culiat) which will be restored at the expense of the Region and the Casa Rassauer (in the hamlet castle), which was seriously damaged by a fire in 2017. 

Besides, the Foundation is promoting itself through various cultural activities, exhibitions & events, concessions for private events (weddings, ceremonies, business events), which guarantee it liquidity, but above all national and international visibility. Let us remember that the famous art critic Vittorio Sgarbi is a frequent guest of the Foundation. Let's also remember that Sgarbi himself has praised Gorizia several times for its beauty, history and above all culture. We wonder how is it possible that the immense artistic and cultural heritage that this city holds is not fully appreciated (and sometimes not even known) by the Gorizians themselves? How is it possible that some external characters (not necessarily Sgarbi) know more about our history than ourselves? 

Summing up, with the actions listed above we should be able to guarantee a future to our immense heritage, hoping, however, that it can remain forever in good (Gorizian) hands and especially away from the political muggings carried out previously with the (alas) Provincial Museums, sold to the ERPAC and other unfortunate actions.

Martin Novak - Gorizia3.0

A youthful photo by Guglielmo Coronini