"Tuscania è un paese di artisti" (Tuscania is a city of artists), the website of the city said, referring to its history as a center of art from Etruscan times up to the present day.
Announcing the opening in may (2013) of a new museum, the Casa-Museo Pietro Moschini, the city's website offered its readers a brief overview of arte irregolare, referring to Bonaria Manca, inhabitant of the city, and Pietro Moschini, who all his life has lived there.
Life and works
Born in Tuscania, Pietro Moschini (1923-2011), after some elementary schooling went to work as a shepherd and a farmhand.
Following an artistic impulse, in 1952 he made his first sculpture. During the rest of his life, he has been active in sculpting, which has resulted in hundreds of works, collected partly in his house in Tuscania, partly in a summerhouse out of town.
He worked with wood and stone, not only making isolated works, but also creating ensembles sculpted in high-relief on walls, in this way transforming his house into an art environment.
During most of his life Moschini's work has gone unnoticed.
However, it so happened that around 2011 Pavel Konečný, a collector of outsider art living in the Czech Republic, came along pictures on the internet of Moschini's creations, made by tourists who rather coincidentally had met the artist and had published photo's of the sculptures on Flickr.
Through through Konečný came into contact with Mario Ciccioli, an artist living in Tuscania, who informed him that Moschini very recently had deceased. Konecny travelled to Italy and together with Ciccioli talked with Moschini's daughter, Rosaria Falasca-Moschini, who was the inheritor and wanted to have the collection saved for the future as far as possible.
This resulted in a plan to transform Moschini's house in Tuscania into a small museum, a plan that with the support of various parties involved, has been be realised indeed.
The opening of the Casa-Museo Pietro Moschini on May 11, 2013 has been embedded in a small festival around arte irregolare, with various activities, including an exposition of paintings from Bonaria Manca's house.
* website of the museum
* photo-book A Man of Many Faces (with an introduction to Mochini's life and work) by Pavel Konečný (see my post of may 30, 2013)
* website Cafe Boheme with an interview with Pavel Konečný
* article on SPACES website
* article by Pavel Konečný in Raw Vision, nr 83, autumn 2014)
* Pavel Konečný, A man of many faces (video, 2014, 10'32")
Casa-Museo Pietro Moschinivia della Scrofa
Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
open 10-12,30 and 16-19, except monday, on appointment