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«From the green heart of Italy to the heart of everyone».

Serena Scorzoni is from Perugia and one of the most famous faces of Rai News 24. Enter our homes to tell us about daily news and, as a careful journalist, she couldn’t avoid taking a picture of her Umbria. A land to which she is very fond, but she has a critical attitude towards Umbria too “Politics have never had the courage to tackle the problems that isolate our region geographically. They don’t care about it, until they’ll face the harsh reality, I hope they’ll wake up”.


Serena Scorzoni

Serena, first of all: what is your relationship with this region?

My parents and my family live in Perugia. I therefore have an indissoluble link. Here there are my roots, but I decided to put myself away from the security of my land.

Thanks to your work, you tell the reality: how do you consider the Umbrian reality? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Umbria is a wonderful land, but like all things full of light, there are also shadows. I would like it to be more open and welcoming, less rough and closed. But it is for me the place of the soul.

How would you describe it, apart from the green heart of Italy?

Art, spirituality, food & wine, but also the tenacity and courage of the Umbrian women and men. I think of the many companies, our fellow countrymen who made themselves known in the world because of culture, science and  entrepreneurship. From the green heart of Italy of Umbria to the heart of all.

Several events, I think of the earthquake and the Meredith case, have offered a vision of Perugia and of Umbria not entirely true, or maybe yes: what do you think?

I followed closely the dramatic story of Meredith and the whole media circus that for years has told a part of the story. Of course, the crime has given a very negative effect on our city and our region. It tore a veil of hypocrisy on the idyllic image of Umbria. Since then, politics have not had the courage to tackle the knots that isolate our region geographically. I mean that everyone sat on a vision of convenience, until they’ll face the harsh reality. I hope they’ll wake up.

You attended the RAI Journalism School in Perugia: what would you recommend to a youngster who is thinking of  undertaking this creer?

My advice is twofold: wear comfortable shoes to tell the reality of the street and never stop learning what journalism means.

You worked for a long time for the Tgr Umbria: do you have an amusing anecdote – which you’d like to tell us, which happened during that period?

There is one about the live coverage from Gubbio on the occasion of  the “Festa dei Ceri”, I was literally thrown into the atmosphere of the event. If I think about it, I still laugh today.

How would you describe Umbria in three words?

Sun, heart, love… No joke: quality of life.

The first thing that comes to your mind thinking of this region…

The sunset on the Trasimeno Lake.

The art of Joan Mirò on display at Palazzo della Corgna in Castiglione del Lago

“Ubu Roi” (1966)


The art exhibition is visible until the November 4th inside the rooms of the noble building designed by Vignola and Galeazzo Alessi, which is named after  the Marquis della Corgna. The exposition is curated by Andrea Pontalti, promoted by the municipality of Castiglione del Lago and organised by Sistema Museo and Lagodarte in collaboration with Aurora Group.

The vision of Mirò

The event gives the opportunity to discover this wonderful artist through seventy graphic works that are part of four complete sets. They were created during a period of ten years: from 1966 to 1976, in the artist’s maturity. Ubu Roi (1966) is composed of thirteen colourful lithographs, in which shapes and  volumes seem to move freely in the space. Furthermore,  Le Lézard aux Plumes d’Or (1971), Maravillas con variaciones acrósticas en el jardin de Miró (1975) might be admired in the spaces of the palaces: work arts characterized by black marks and vivid colours. Another remarkable work is Le Marteau sans maître (1976), a tribute to the poet René Chair, one of the most distinguished personalities of the twentieth-century French literature. These art works tell the artist’s poetic dream and its peculiarity, which consists of transforming the fantastical images into a personal language. These lithographs show the relationship between text and illustration that characterize that artistic phase: a book is something that has to be carved in the marble – in the artist’s opinion.


An immersion in colours

The use of colour and the very personal world of marks derives from the Mirò’s approach to the world of art: his curiosity, the capacity of renewing himself and of exploring different paths. The dark marks and the bright colours, from blue to yellow give life to personal dream visions. Visiting the exhibition means immersing yourself in the language of the extraordinary Catalan artist thanks to less known art works, but which offer an important glimpse of his expressive power.


“Le Lézard aux Plumes d’Or” (1971)


Palazzo della Corgna

«Insist, persist, reach and conquer»

This is the phrase which represents Fiammetta Rossi most. She is 23 year old, from Foligno and she is studying law at University. Last March, Fiammetta won two golden medals at the University World Cup shooting in Malesya: one in the Women Individual competition, the other in the Team competition. “Insist, persist, reach and conquer is a phrase that my grandfather used to tell me and in which I believe very much, so much so that I tattooed it”.
Fiammetta – which is part of the Golden Flames Sports Group – is carrying on the tradition of family champions in shooting, after grandfather Nando and dad Luciano, starting by chance this discipline: «For nine years I rided, then something changed».


Fiammetta Rossi

What is it like to have two golden medals around your neck?

It is something unique. I trained a lot for this and Iam still working hard to succeed in my career and it is something which I believe in a lot. The beauty of this sport is that you retire late, you can practice even over 50 years, so I still have time.

Your father Luciano is the president of Fitav (Italian Federation of Shooting in Flight): so it was a destiny already written?

Not exactly. For nine years of my life I practiced horseback riding, then one day watching the London Olympic games I noticed a friend of mine who competed in shooting and I decided to try. I started by playing, I liked it and so I continued.  After all, as child, my dream was to be a policewoman on horseback: now I am part of the Golden Flames Sports Group of the State Police.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are approaching: do you hope to go?

I would really like. I’m in the team and I want to believe it!  My dream is participating in them: already the mere fact of being there repays the sacrifices you faced to get there. All athletes dream of Olympics games as the they remain and will always be the Olympics. If you win a medal there you enter the legend. I am working every day for this, making sacrifices and training constantly. I still have a lot to do.

Do you have any important appointments in the next months?

Next year I am participating in the University Olympics, so I’ll experience the Olympic context I already know that I will like it a lot.

A Little curiosity: where do you keep the medals?

I keep them at home, I must have them nearby. Every now and then I pick them up, cuddle them I look at them and relive the emotions that I felt at the moment of my victories and I think: «They are mine!»

Let’s talk a little about Umbria: what is your link with this region?

I love it a lot. I love its landscapes, the food and the green that relaxs me. I like everything about it. Travelling is nice, but coming back home is nicer too. I was born in Montefalco and I live in Foligno now, but I lo venature and animals a lot and I love being in touch with them.


You love animals: so, you don’t shoot at them?

I have never practiced hunting, but I respect those who practice it. It is an ancient art and I am not integralist in this regard. Also because, true hunters respect nature very much.

Can the shotgun give other satisfactions to Umbria apart from Diana Bacosi and you? Are there any promising young people?

In Umbria there is a very interesting youth sector and we are doing a great job with them. I am very confident.

How would you describe Umbria in three words?

Passion, tradition and well-being. Although three words are not enough to describe Umbria.

The first thing that comes to mind thinking of this region…

The house, my roots and love. I am a very traditionalist girl.

On September 7th at Palazzo Gallenga is going to be launched the exhibition Stele by Enrico Antonielli; the painter deals not only with sculpture but also with painting.

The sculptor and painter Enrico Antonielli was born in Perugia; he graduated in Philosophy at the University La Sapienza of Rome and in the 1970s he became the director of the CICoM (Center for Information and Communication of Mass of the Umbria Region). He collaborated with the roman magazine Philosophy and Society and later he attended the courses of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy in Perugia. Here he graduated in History of Art and begun to exhibit as a sculptor.


The exhibit

In the exhibition, visible from September 7th to 14th, the artist seems to move in the spatio-temporal interstices of the work, where art – the «extreme enigma» according to Malraux’s famous aphorism – triumphs for its inaccessibility, its continual moving beyond, like a moving target.
Historical and archaeological studies tell us that the commemorative, celebratory and votive function of the stele. The stele is a document in stone or bronze which commits a private or public event to eternity; the message, therefore, written or sculpted, is not scratched by time.
The exhibited works, characterized by the presence of lacerations and holes on the surface, recall fossil lakes and craters similar to lunar desert plagas; fundamental in the material: aluminum.

Mirrored Surfaces

Giuliano Serafini, international critic, expert in Burri and curator of exhibitions in Athens and New York underlines the fact that the artist performs a work of de-semantization of the archetype because only this can make the work win a significant autonomy.
The same critic also writes: «The reflective aluminium is itself a luminous emanation through which the image bounces and returns to the sender, it is an iridescent and aleatory extension on which everything passes and slides. It is a metaphor of the Hic et Nunc that denies time the opportunity to leave lasting impressions; therefore, material destined to be unable to “remember”, to entrust any memory to eternity».
The use of the mirroring surface metaphorically represents the drama of existential risk, the impassable limit between the phenomenal world and the noumen one, the solution of continuity between two irreconcilable worlds.
The interpretation of the mirroring surface defines the concept of limit, an inert instrument of the light that rebounds and reflects and, with its phenomenal reflection, it brings us back inexorably to the consciousness of our human condition, existential and finite.
The author emphasizes that his aesthetic perspective is part of the art-truth, which has a long history, which starts from the famous Portrait of the Arnolfini spouses by Van Eyck, where the painter through the mirror reveals what lies behind and beyond the perspective representation before the easel, and its presence in the room, with an extension of the space in a reality augmented to 360 °, which accounts for all the present reality at the time, including painter.