Museo del Corso
The Museo del Corso was created in 1999 since I felt confident that art and culture played a fundamental role in society. Presenting many attractive and highly cultural exhibitions, the Museum soon became lively, innovative and indeed one of the most appealing and successful exhibition areas.
Some of the most important exhibitions to have been held jointly with prestigious international museums were: Da Poussin agli Impressionisti. Capolavori Francesi dal Museo di Puskin (From Poussin to the Impressionists. French Masterpieces from the Pushkin Museum); I Macchiaioli (Tuscan Impressionist Painters); Il '900 Scolpito da Rodin a Picasso (The Sculptured Twentieth Century. From Rodin to Picasso); La Gloria di New York. Artisti Americani dalla Collezione Ludwig (New York's Glory. American Artists from the Ludwig Collection); Dal Futurismo all'Astrattismo (From Futurism to abstractionism); Max Ernst e i suoi Amici Surrealisti (Max Ernst and his Surrealist Friends); La Famiglia nell'Arte (The Family in Art); La Spagna Dipinge il Novecento. I Capolavori del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Spain Paints the Twentieth Century. Masterpieces from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia); Fabergé. I Capolavori dal Museo di Cremlino (Fabergè. Masterpieces from the Kremlin Museum); Kazimir Mal?vic. Oltre la Figurazione, oltre l'Astrazione (Kazimir Mal?vic. Beyond Figuration, beyond Abstraction); Umberto Mastroianni. Scultore Europeo (Umberto Mastroianni. European Sculptor); La Roma di Piranesi (Piranesi's Rome); Capolavori dalla Città proibita. Qianlong e la Sua Corte (Masterpieces from the Forbidden City: Qianlong and his Court).
In 2003, in order to enrich the Museum and turn part of it into a genuine permanent exhibition, I decided that it was time to allow visitors to enjoy, free of charge, the artistic heritage of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Roma (now Fondazione Roma) which, until then, only a few people had seen since it had been kept in the austere halls of the headquarters in Palazzo Sciarra-Colonna. Subsequently, a significant selection of works belonging to the Foundation, dated from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, including paintings, tapestries and an important collection of Papal medals with several unique pieces has been displayed to the public. The recent refurbishment of the old savings bank's vault - which once preserved clients' treasures - has not altered its ancient character or atmosphere and currently part of the Foundation's private collection is kept in this area, like a safe in a safe.
My intention was to help to open a new small window on beauty and art which, in different ways, invariably touches our souls and intellect and prepares us for a more serene, intelligent and open way of looking at the events of our times, amongst which we must learn to recognize the pearls and treasures that, as evidence of the past, help to renew hope for the future.
Professor Emmanuele F. M Emanuele