CULTURE: EACH ONE FOR HIMSELF AND GOD FOR EVERYONE

15/08/2019

Culture and art are the masters in Gorizia: a city full of treasures waiting to be admired. Walking around the city you can find real precious gems in the oldest and most beautiful places of the city, such as the Coronini palace and park, the wonderful picture gallery of Palazzo Attems, the Castle and, in its village, the Museum of War and the Museum of Fashion and Applied Arts. All of them host valuable objects and very interesting material, but each of these institutions works alone, without synergies with the others, which would allow offering an important tourist and cultural offer to the benefit of the commercial sector. Except for the castle, which is the main attraction of the city and fortunately benefited from a series of internal routes built as early as the 90s. The other sites certainly do not shine for the number of visitors. There is a big problem upstream: the lack of dialogue and collaboration between the different territorial realities and a comprehensive and complete vision that can bring the various realities together. Each one is an island and does it on its own. Sometimes on some initiative, almost always less and less collaboration takes place, but without systematicity. They don't program together on multi-year projects, but not even from one year to the next, they don't organize great collaborative exhibitions, above all they don't finally institutionalize a "widespread museum", able to promote the great potential of Gorizia beyond the Isonzo and Vipacco: an operation that would guarantee a certain influx of tourists throughout the year. To give an example: how is it possible that, by visiting the War Museum of Gorizia, it is not possible to be informed in a clear, continuous promotional way for the whole Gorizia territory in the broad sense of the existence of similar museums? The one of Redipuglia, the routes of the First World War, the famous Cannoniere, the one of San Michele? But also that of Caporetto, which is experiencing success. But what if it is the museums of the same city that do not communicate with each other, if not occasionally? On the one hand, there are the former Provincial Museums, which belong to the ERPAC (since almost nobody knows it, we say it: it means Regional Cultural Heritage Agency) whose management is therefore in fact in the hands of the regional department based in Trieste as if the City of Gorizia had no titles, skills to manage this treasure made and built by the people of Gorizia. But let's leave the subject out for now, to which we will return soon. Then there is the Coronini-Cromberg Foundation, which defines itself as autonomous, but autonomous is not tied hands and feet for funding to elective institutions such as the Region and the Municipality (and once there was also the former Province of Gorizia). There is the Municipality with the Castle and the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation and the Isontina State Library, which preserves, for example, the Michelstaedter Fund and is always collaborative. These untied entities should start to get together, to network, to plan and implement common initiatives. But no! They don't seem to want to collaborate. Why not? Can someone explain it to us? In the meantime, it would be enough to realize what is commonly called: ONE TICKET. How is it possible that in Gorizia, where there are proper museums and valuable cultural sites, unlike many other Italian cities, there is no such access? The benefits would be many: in the meantime, the visitor is informed of the existence of other museums. Then, by giving a discount on tickets, lazy visitors are encouraged to visit the other sites as well. But why limit yourself to Gorizia? Earlier we mentioned the museums of the war. About these, we could introduce a single ticket, which would make the visitor aware of the existence of other museums related to that theme, thus inviting the visitors to go also to the other sites.


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