The exhibitions in the Sassi: Contemporary Sculpture of Basilicata

The return of the sculpture exhibitions organized by the Circolo Culturale La Scaletta!
One of the most important events in the cultural programming of Matera is back and offers a panoramic dedicated to contemporary sculptors from Basilicata.

An exhibition about a selection of works by artists from Basilicata, who worked inside and outside the region. Artists who left their mark and gave a personal contribution in terms of creativity to contemporary sculpture.

An exhibition that has an ideal connection with some episodes that have affected Matera during the fifties of the last century, during which prominent figures operated on the territory of Matera.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on June the 15th and can be visited throughout the summer until October the 18th, the places of set-up are the usual ones of the exhibitions in the Sassi: the complex of Madonna delle Virtù and San Nicola dei Greci: here, once again, it will create a harmonious integration between the environments, the containers, and works, the content.

Beatrice Buscaroli is the Curator of the exhibition and of the catalog.
Among the artists on view: Dario Carmentano, Franco Di Pede, Donato Linzalata, Francesco Marino di Teana, Pierfrancesco Mastroberti, Rocco Molinari, Giulio Orioli, Antonio Paradiso, Donato Rizzi, Salvatore Sebaste, Margherita Serra e Domenico Viggiano.

We like to recall that the Circolo Culturale La Scaletta has always occupied an important role in the creation and promotion of activities in the Sassi, and has linked its name to the conception and promotion of these exhibitions.
We suggest you do not miss this new opportunity to further another aspect of the art and contemporary sculpture.

3 important people for Matera

In every city there are people whose efforts and whose activities contribute to make it better.
In Matera were born and worked some people that have linked their name to the city who have favored some of the cultural processes that have involved Matera during the twentieth century, between those closer to us we have identified the three.

Domenico Ridola

Doctor and Senator from Matera, has left its mark primarily as an archaeologist, he helped to acquire basic data for an in-depth knowledge of the city of Matera and of the processes of human settlement in the area.
Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries he has conducted several excavations, deserve to be mentioned the discovery of Neolithic villages, including that of Murgia Timone, and the investigation of the grotta dei pipistrelli (The bats’ cave) that has brought to light materials very important.
His commitment was also to the establishment, in 1911, the National Archeological Museum that bears his name. Here are preserved and exhibited many of the artefacts and materials to help you to understand his archeological activity, if you want to have a more complete knowledge of the territory in which it is located Matera you just have to visit the museum.

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Agri-Netural, redevelop the urban context of Matera

We open with this post a collaboration with Agri-Netural working group.

Agri-Netural is a project born within the association Casa Netural, the project aims, starting from Matera, to create a social enterprise through practices of redevelopment of the local urban context.
The aims of the project are: use urban green spaces abandoned; improve the quality of life of the city; generate openness and sharing among citizens. The main goal is to create dynamic ecosystems that facilitate the contact between the inhabitants of Matera, promote collaboration between entities belonging to the public sector, private and non-profit organizations and encourage the meeting and exchange between professionals from different fields interested in working in the field of urban agriculture.

Currently, the Agri-Netural working group is looking for space in which to start its own activity. It’s necessary to map the spaces abandoned or unused, whether public or private, to identify those that might be suitable to start practice of urban agriculture.

Do you have empty areas or are you aware of abandoned places that could be turned into urban gardens? Yes? Contact the guys at Agri-Netural!

TEDxMatera > 20 May 2014



Today during the Forum of Communication in Milan were officially presented the event, the program and the guests names of the TEDxMatera.

So we can also announce that on the 20th of May Matera will host TEDx, thanks to the initiative of journalist from Matera Mariapia Ebreo.

Maybe some of you will be wondering what TEDxMatera.
Let’s start from the beginning.
TED is a no-profit organization founded in California about 20 years ago and dedicated to the circulation of “ideas of value” through the formula of the conference; its main purpose is to support and circulate these ideas: the TED Conference is an event held annually in California.
TEDx is the acronym for Technology Entertainment and Design and the x refers to the fact that these events are independently organized from TED but in accordance with its rules: a method that allows to organize local events.

The TEDxMatera wants to bring this kind of experience in the city of the Sassi, a place with a strong historical, artistic and cultural heritage, to facilitate the dialogue among locals and guests.
The event theme is “Ancient Future”, appropriate to a context that bears the signs of the past and wants to innovate itself and look to the future. To host the first edition of TEDxMatera, there could be no better place of Casa Cava, the ‘technological cave’ in the heart of the Sassi, which in itself summarizes the instances that derived from “Ancient Future “.

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The ethnographic research in Basilicata, 1952

Fundo Pinna, musicians, Colobraro - Archivio Sonoro Lucano

Fundo Pinna, musicians, Colobraro – Audio Archive of Basilicata

The Fifties of the last century and the scholars who in those years have attended the Basilicata with the aim of fully understanding the reality of the peasants, were very important for the understanding of Matera and Basilicata.

Among the various experiences there is the ethnological investigation led by Ernesto De Martino with Diego Carpitella, Vittoria De Palma, Franco Pinna and Marcello Venturoli.
The setting of this research took as its point of reference the Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (“Christ Stopped at Eboli”) by Carlo Levi (1945), focused on the everyday life of the peasants of Lucania.
The direct experience of the peasants of Basilicata had a great influence on De Martino, he met them during his stays in Tricarico when he was guest of Rocco Scotellaro.

The fieldwork led by Ernesto De Martino, 30 September – 31 October 1952, had as reference the ideal pattern “from cradle to grave”, in it was summed up the intent to consider different aspects of the culture and life of the peasants of Basilicata.

This research touched the towns of Matera, Grottole, Pisticci Ferrandina Colobraro, Valsinni, Stigliano, Marsico Vetere, Viggiano, Savoia di Lucania and Tricarico.

The sound documentation by Diego Carpitella, 147 tracks were recorded and as a result of this experience Basilicata was considered the cradle of Italian ethnomusicology, and the photographs by Franco Pinna were the most important results of this research.

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