The fertile interdisciplinary terrain where the visual arts and cinema meet are in great ferment. It is affecting contemporary artistic output and encouraging the creation of new events and cultural manifestations. Many art museums, especially abroad, have opened departments dedicated to the "seventh art", and cinematographic works are being shown increasingly often in temporary exhibitions.
The admittance into the collections of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Accademia Carrara of the Nino Zucchelli Cinematographic Fund, donated by Lina Zucchelli Valsecchi, has highlighted the need for GAMeC to equip itself to deal with this artistic sector and to hire the skills required to conserve and valorise the films that have been donated.
Essential to the cultural and technical management of the films has been, and will continue to be, the cooperation of Lab 80 Film, an association also known outside of Bergamo for its experience and the quality of its cultural work.
Valorisation of the Nino Zucchelli Cinematographic Fund began with collaboration with the Bergamo Film Meeting, an event that has established the city of Bergamo as a centre of excellence in film promotion. Each year the festival offers a showcase for the Zucchelli Fund: in 2005 thirteen animated shorts were shown, and in 2006 the Czechoslovak cinema of the 1960s.
Display of the fund's treasures will continue with reviews and projects organised with Lab 80 Film, Bergamo Film Meeting and other cinematographic institutions in Italy and abroad.
The exhibition War Is Over 1945–2005. The Freedom of Art, which was held at GAMeC from October 2005 to February 2006, was the test bench for the project GAMeCinema, which has the goal of offering a cinematic programme as part of GAMeC's exhibition activities and opening the museum up to the world of cinema. In addition to its magnificent selection of artworks, the War Is Over exhibition included the film Guernica by Alain Resnais, one of the finest art documentaries in the history of the cinema. Furthermore, during the months the exhibition remained open, two reviews were held of short films, standard length films and art documentaries linked to the show. These were shown as part of the programme of Lab 80 – Fondazione Alasca at the Auditorium in Piazza della Libertà in Bergamo.
Section edited by Sara Mazzocchi
Collection: the Nino Zucchelli Cinematographic Fund
ORDERING AND CLASSIFICATION: THE FILM RECORDS
The films of Nino Zucchelli, which constitute the first section of the fund, have been catalogued by M. Cristina Rodeschini Galati and are now conserved in the museum.
The project to conserve and valorise the Cinematographic Fund is continuing with the ordering and classification of the films in the second section. These films were entered in the various editions of the film festival organised by Zucchelli in Bergamo and later San Remo. The films have been deposited with Lab 80 Film, and have been viewed, ordered and catalogued. The standard film record was drawn up with the assistance of Lab 80 on the basis of the model used at Filmdata, the database created by the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana in Milan. The structure of the record has been altered to fit the characteristics of the fund, simplified in parts and integrated with data relating to the different years of the festival. Shortly the results will be made available online.
RESEARCH PROJECT: THE FILM LIBRARY OF THE GRAN PREMIO BERGAMOWith regard to the Zucchelli Archives, the aim of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is to conserve memory and use this to stimulate new meanings. Appreciation of the archive cannot be divorced from one of the major aspects of the work of Nino Zucchelli: the international dimension of many of the events he promoted, something that was fully represented by the Gran Premio Bergamo, the film festival he established in Bergamo from 1958 to 1970.
Right from the first year Zucchelli stated his wish to set up a Cineteca to conserve film materials and allow their study, which he began to create by encouraging the donation of a copy of the festival's prize-winning films by the producers. This invitation, which was not always acted upon, resulted in the deposit of a 100 or so films at the Galleria della Rotonda, now held in the Fondo Cinematografico dell'Archivio Zucchelli.
The ambition to create a Cineteca of the films that were entered in the Gran Premio Bergamo is today continued through a research project to create an international "map" of the current location of the films entered in the festival, with the aim of building a body of knowledge to add to what is offered by the Zucchelli Cinematographic Fund and to give an account of the international role played by the festival in the 1960s.
The choice of Paris as a starting point for this project is justified by the presence of many important cultural institutions that conserve film materials and its long tradition of the study and promotion of films on art, which was one of the specific fields of interest in Zucchelli's festival.
First stop: Paris, April 2005