Contemporary art in Umbria: the Lauri Garden and Scarzuola
Contemporary art in Umbria: the Lauro collection and the surrealist visionary flight of architect Tommaso Buzzi.
Welcome to the Lauri Garden, a narrative excursion through the international artistic avant-guarde of the last 20 years. Walk in the park, 'animated' with installations that perform a silent dialogue with the surrounding open space, and enter the Barn.
A selection of 71 works of art, which as well as the more 'classical' names such as Takashi Murakami, Mariko Mori, Roxy Paine, Michael Heizer, Ugo Rondinone, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, or the Italians Massimo Bartolini and Maurizio Cattelan, includes works of the most representative cosmopolitan talents such as Aaron Young, Eric Wesley, Dash Snow, Piero Golia, Matthew Monahan, Piotr Uklanski and Gary Webb. Please don't take the baguettes from the beautiful House of Bread by Urs Fischer as a souvenir. This is a life-size house made only of bread!
For a tasty break you can't go wrong with a plate of traditional pasta with beans and locally harvested saffron, followed by a no less local Chianina beefsteak.
Heading south, you pass Montegabbione before reaching the Scarzuola, a former convent where St Francis is said to have lived in a shack made of 'scarza'; a marsh plant. Experience the dream of Tommaso Buzzi, an ideal city conceived as a stupefying theatrical machine.
Take a walk among statues, quotes and references to classicism, with the mysterious scenography of seven successive theatres. Nestled together in a tufaceous structure, of various proportions and eras, are the Parthenon, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Arc de Triomphe, the Pyramids, the Belltower and the Temple of Vesta. You are suspended in time and free to amble as you please. In this scenery, or museum as it were, you can experience a mysterious dream, a dream sculpted in the stone.