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The "Museo Tolomeo"

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TOLOMEO:Creating a different way of looking at the world

STORIES:People come from places and places define people

ART:Knowledge means freedom

TECHNOLOGIES:Innovation and expressive potential through technology

MUSEUM:A place with relational significance involving people and collections


A venue for an interactive intermodal installation and environmental art, where the story of the Istituto Cavazza unfolds in an emotional narrative through the heritage of objects utilized throughout the years. From its foundation by Count Francesco Cavazza, the story of the Institute becomes a case study on issues relating to the transmission of knowledge, technological innovation, the interweaving of languages. A reason to reflect on the theme of the collection and its use. The Museo Tolomeo is also the starting point for a journey with a different perspective on the city of Bologna, learning that visual and non-visual modes are actually complementary in discovering about reality.


The inauguration will not mark the end of work around the museum, rather, it will kick it off: hidden in the historical events of the Institute, as well as in its cellars ‒ bringing light to history. It is a story made of chronicles of single individuals, each with their own tale, their own experience becoming the expression of a more important story: the story of the Institute and that of Bologna. The museum is only a first step in this quest. It begins with the theme of the collection and gets to the end through a path of awareness and rediscovery about how, over the years, together with the various activities held by the Institute within and outside its walls, the basic guideline of the Institute has been as follows: that of not providing a “sterile” assistance to so-called disadvantaged people, but on the contrary to empower them and give them a sense of freedom and independence. A freedom gained through the instrument of culture and knowledge: from writing and reading, through music, to a solid research that, over the years, has allowed a steady development of high technology devices.


Idea and artistic direction

Fabio Fornasari


Lucilla Boschi, Fabio Fornasari


promoted by: Istituto dei Ciechi “Francesco Cavazza”   


in collaboration with

Association of social promotion of art “ZeroGK”


Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti (sezione provinciale di Bologna)



Produced with the contribution of

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.  


Technical contribution from RES.Co srl

Technical Sponsor: Publierre, Latifolia group

Tolomeo’s SOUNDBOX. Scatole sonore per ArtCity 2015


Istituto dei Ciechi Francesco Cavazza
via Castiglione 71, Bologna


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