The passing city. Spaces and stories of Galleria Cavour


On the occasion of ART CITY – Arte Fiera 2019, Galleria Cavour celebrates its first 60 years with a large exhibition dedicated to the historic building complex. On display there were not only the projects, but also the  numerous historical images that narrated the succession of the various eras in this prestigious context.

<The passing city. Spaces and stories of Galleria Cavour> – by the architect Daniele Vincenzi – Camere Sonore and promoted by the two properties, Pizzighini Benelli and Sassoli de Bianchi, with the contribution of Banca Generali – is the first of the events planned for this year of celebrations. Galleria Cavour was born from a prestigious project, of which the exhibition intends to bring to light the guidelines and tell the related story

The Galleria Cavour building complex, result of a vast and delicate post-war reconstruction project started in 1949 and completed in 1961, is located in the historical center of the city of Bologna. On January 29, 1944, a bomb devastated the Archiginnasio and the building context of the future Gallery. Starting from the reconstruction of the 1950s, this building complex is recognizable as a singular ‘urban laboratory’, to be observed under various profiles: the design approach, the urban and social dynamics, the history of local customs and the inexhaustible relationship between ancient and modern.

The passing city. Spaces and stories of Galleria Cavour – was set up along the entire promenade of the Gallery, presenting numerous iconographic documents and testimonies belonging to its history over the decades, from the 1960s to today. It referred to the various commercial activities that have gradually taken place here: a real ‘narration of images’ of many stories and many faces that have animated the spaces of Galleria Cavour and that are part of the history of Bologna.