Historical Museum of Resistance

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The context in which this museum is set is that of the green mountain of the countryside. In front of the museum there is the place where the massacre of S. Anna di Stazzema took place on August 1944. This museum rise up in the same place of another museum of the massacre built in autumn 1982 in the old school of the village. The restoration project wants to renew the building both inside and out. The existing building was structurally left intact wherever possible, and a new inner skin gives a new spatial character to the museum. The exhibition spaces are made of angled gypsum-board panels, to which displays are fixed up. Whiteness of walls is in contrast with the dark grey of floors and ceilings. The expressive force of the design lies in its colour contrast, while the jagged, broken lines of the panels convey the emotional charge. The arrangement is a metaphor for a suffering path which never seems to end, just like the pain of which it tells. The pathos reaches its climax in the room of the portrays of the slaughter that took place in the village. This room is entirely covered by red-painted panels. Above the panels a thin red ECG line takes the visitor along exhibition. Panels unfolds under the continuous and repetitive gaze of the children who where killed. Slight chromatic variations differentiate the sections of the exhibit. Objects, personal accounts, wartime newspapers, photographic material and other media are used to offer visitors a comprehensive description of the events that took place between 1943 and 1945. The project also features the construction of a glass shell, with embedded photovoltaic panels, embracing the existing structure. A striking and touching sign in the form of a large blood-soaked garment placed inside glass panes, to remind of the 560 victims of the massacre. The sentence “blood and hope` is written both in German and Italian outside the museum.

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