From Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th of November, the fascinating library of the historic house museum in via Gesù will be the background for the display of the travel diary and the sketchbooks of the young Pier Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi (Milan, 1886 – 1914) who, from February to August in 1911, went on his Grand Tour of Europe. Newly graduated in architectural engineering, the traveller, son of Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi and Carolina Borromeo, visited Spain, Portugal, France and England documenting his trip along the way in carefully detailed diary recently rediscovered, and now displayed for this occasion. In parallel, he snapped photos and drew decorative details, furnishings and buildings from life. In his sketchbooks, drawing is an instrument to learn styles and their “grammar.” Along with the Baedeker volumes constantly consulted by Pier Fausto throughout his travels, these photos and drawings give us the profile of his experience in which books, writing, photography and drawing become inseparable travel companions, and contribute to giving it an extraordinary meaning.

To enrich our understanding of the exhibit, Claudio Visentin, a teacher of the cultural history of tourism at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (University of Italian Switzerland), will recount how the concept of “travel diary” has changed. His talk (in Italian), entitled “Travelling and Talking About Travel, Between Tradition and New Technologies,” will take place on Friday, November 18, at 6:30 P.M.

From Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Open from 1 P.M. to 5:45 P.M.

Entrance fee for the museum:
Regular: E. 9.00; reduced: E. 6.00

Conference: free, while seating lasts

For more information:
T +39 02 76006132

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