BORGO CASTELLO CERAMICS MUSEUM
Borgo Castello Ceramics Museum was established on 29th of September, 2008 in the restored area of Borgo Castello. The exhibition complex is structured in artistic paths placed in the recovered old houses between via Castello, via Madonna delle Grazie and Le Ripe area. This is an atypical example of how urban areas become museums.
The Ceramics Museum includes historic sections which show a wide range of ceramics produced in Calitri and in all the Upper Ofanto valley from ancient times up to the present-day.
One of the section is specifically concerned with the old production of hand-crafted building terracottas and industrial ceramics. Also, it is possible to see many everyday objects made of local materials, which represent traditional symbols of local culture.
Borgo Castello Ceramics Museum is a constantly evolving exhibition. Some artefacts have been discovered thanks to digging and recovery works. However, several ceramics come from donations and loans given by cultural or voluntary associations and private citizens.
ISA ART MUSEUM
The ISA (Istituto Statale d’Arte, Arts High School) Art Museum was founded in March 2002, when some teachers decided to leave evidence of art objects made by students from 1959 to 2004. The exhibition was set up in the ISA high school building, while the school was moved to a new place.
The museum was inaugurated on 27th of May, 2005. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. Some arts teachers also offer guided tours throughout the three sections of the exhibition: ceramics, wood works and embroidery.
SACRED OBJECTS COLLECTION
Taking care of the past and recalling some of the most important moments of Calitri’s religious history: those are the main purposes of the collection of sacred objects held in the crypt of Immacolata Concezione Church.
A visitor can go around the wood shelves and enjoy the beauty of old brass candle-holders, altar decorations, finely hand-embroidered chasubles and surplices. There are also some Neapolitan- school statues from the 18th century and valued saint relics.
The travelling exhibition Le Ruote Quadrate has been created by the professors Pietro Cerreta and Canio Lelio Toglia for the project “Adopt an Experiment”.
ScienzaViva, a non-profit-making association devoted to the public understanding of science and technology, is in charge of the exhibition. ScienzaViva is mainly composed of teachers, engineers, technicians and students and it is constantly supported by artisans.
Le Ruote Quadrate exhibition, which was created in Calitri about twenty years ago, is made of fifty
interactive scientific equipments that can be easily dismantled and reassembled. This makes their transportation easier and ensures their mounting and set-up everywhere. In the last 10 years, it has been travelling all over Italy.
Calitri Scultura is a cultural initiative aimed at recovering the old town centre area, one of the most beautiful in the Irpinia region. It was promoted by the DS Party local section in 2001: they managed to make it true thanks to a group of artists from Novara, who decided to join the project “Adotta il Centro Storico”.
A first fruitful meeting gave birth to a productive collaboration with several Italian and foreigner artists, who created many art works and constituted the Association “Nicùra”. All the art works made by those artists have been sold to Calitri town Hall, which established an artistic path all around the old town area. The artistic path (1.2 km) is also enriched with old entrance gates, houses, buildings and fascinating landscapes.