A new way of learning and teaching the subject of history is emerging with ever greater clarity. Unlike in the past, when history was taught only through documents, now it is done especially through images.
We no longer look at only the undertakings and moral rectitude of a single person, a hero with which a community identifies. We are interested instead in the entire social microcosm with which the person interacted. Living spaces are a vibrant testimony to this.
The design for the Matteotti House Museum is in tune with this new sensitivity to the “places of history” and has opened to visitors where they can experience all the living spaces of a real family home, including the most private ones. In addition to preserving the original spaces, new facilities were added to accommodate visitors, including a small study center with an archive and video room in order to teach about and protect an important piece of heritage. The plan for restoring and improving the House Museum includes complementary projects to preserve while teaching about its history in order to symbolically restore a place that had been long lost.
MASSARENTE ARCHITETTURA Gianni Massarente, Alessandro Massarente and Donatella Basutto have been associates since 1993, designing and completing projects published in many books, magazines and exhibition catalogs.