I Giardini d'Arte
di Via Caravaggio


On 1st June 2018, the second edition of I Giardini d'Arte di Via Caravaggio, a project carried out by Carlo Maresca SpA, was opened to the public.

The project was launched in 2016 by the entrepreneur Silvio Maresca, Bluserena CEO, a company belonging to the Carlo Maresca SpA group with headquarters in Pescara, via Caravaggio 125. The headquarters of the Holding is located in a historic building of the city, the furnace Forlani, built in 1880 and active until the beginning of the '60s. Subsequently, this structure was used by the company VEMAC and then became in the 80s the headquarters of the TELECOM offices.

In 2012 Carlo Maresca SpA acquired ownership of the entire building: 6700 sqm of office space, 2000 sqm of green space and 3300 sqm of parking. A major restructuring project aimed at the redevelopment of the entire area. At a later stage, Carlo Maresca SpA also purchased other land surrounding the company's headquarters, combining several hectares of garden and green park.

I Giardini d'Arte di Via Caravaggio follow in the footsteps of the Sculpture Gardens, or gardens and private parks enriched with sculptures and works of art. Similar examples are the Dutch Garden of Caldic, with works by Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Sol LeWitt, the Garden of Daniel Spoerri in Grosseto, which houses 103 installations by about 50 artists, including Arman, Nam June Paik and Jean Tinguely, but also the Chianti Sculpture Park, La Marrana Arte Ambientale in La Spezia, L'Arte Ca La Ghironda in Bologna and the Kalenarte Park in the small town of Casacalenda, in the province of Campobasso.

Most of these cultural realities have been realized by private subjects, who have decided to deal with art and above all to make it accessible to everyone, opening to the public their houses and their companies characterized by valuable parks and gardens.

Unlike the Sculpture Gardens mentioned above, I Giardini d’Arte di Via Caravaggio are meant to be an opportunity for emerging artists who are finding it increasingly difficult to put their ideas into practice materially. The whole operation, in fact, is intended to be the springboard for a new generation of authors, who have been given the opportunity to see their work become part of a private collection.

The project is curated by Ivan D'Alberto, a historian and contemporary art critic who, for the recruitment of artists, involved some Italian fine arts academies. The selection of artists, in fact, took place through the involvement of some academy teachers, who were willing to report a list of artists/students worthy of being involved in this operation. The students/artist indicated by the teachers were asked to carry out a project which was subsequently evaluated by a committee within the Carlo Maresca company.

The 15 works that have become part of I Giardini d'Arte di Via Caravaggio have been realized during a period of residence that the artists have lived in the city of Pescara; a useful time to know the space where to place their intervention and therefore deal with its realization and its preparation. The 15 artists received a financial contribution, which was used to purchase the equipment needed to create the works of art and to place them in the garden.

The first edition of I Giardini d'Arte in Via Caravaggio was sponsored by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan) and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Academy of fine arts in Florence), while the second one was sponsored by the Accademia Albertina in Turin, the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Cosenza and Rome.

The third edition of the Giardini d’Arte di Via Caravaggio was sponsored by the Academy of fine arts in Florence, in Rome and in Naples and the “Albertina” Academy in Turin.