Housed in the evocative former church of the Disciplini, the Civic Archaeological Museum of Remedello (BS) preserves and exhibits numerous important finds from the lower Chiese area, with a focus on the Copper Age. In addition, ample space is dedicated to the nineteenth-century collection,ì, created by Leone Carlotti during his research in the pile-dwelling sites of the Benaco area, now privately owned.
In 2021 the Municipality of Remedello wanted to redesign the museographic organization of this space, which houses more than 2,000 artifacts.
In the logic of a museum that is less and less object-oriented and more narrative, the design idea started from an optimal treatment of the museum heritage in an aesthetic, perceptual and communicative sense to reach dissemination, including multimedia, of cultural and scientific contents.
The large exhibition hall, decorated with precious 16th-century frescoes, has been completely reorganized with a layout that facilitates the integration of images and exhibits, makes the museum multimedia and improve its accessibility. The choice of furniture and structures with essential lines, in deep gray coloring, of varying heights, allows the reading of the frescoes not to be obscured and a better integration of the exhibition in the precious context. These custom-made, multifunctional furnishings were placed along the longitudinal walls of the room and follow the outline of the frescoes, thus enhancing the dialogue between the archaeological collection and the decorative cycle of the Discipline.
Five structures with elusive, irregular and asymmetrical shapes have been placed in the center of the large hall. They consist of a vertical panel with one side made of gray-colored mdf, a material side (the material is different depending on the historical era, so as to make them easily recognizable) and a prism-triangular-shaped glass case, which in turn contains a bottom-lit material base on which the most evocative object of the relevant historical era is displayed. A radical renovation also involved the visit supports made by adapting to ministerial guidelines and current museum standards including height appropriate even for children. The contents have been hierarchized and characterized by an informative mold, with extensive use of techniques proper to storytelling, in order to involve the broadest categories of the public. (ph. Roland Halbe)