Peripheral Memories

26.10.2023 | Past events and exhibitions

Amidst metals and dust, wooden remains and excerpts of sails, 10 international contemporary artists tell the story of the relationship between industry and territory, focusing particularly on the theme of the Monfalcone shipyards.

On show, immersed in a chiaroscuro atmosphere, with a powerful sensorial impact, are a set of material and sound artworks ranging from neo-pop language to watercolour, from gesture painting and video-art to installation and sculpture with organic materials.

On show are works by Neja Tomšič (SLO), Boris Beja (SLO), Nathalie Vanheule (BEL), Deimion Van Der Sloot (NLD/ARG), Laura Santamaria (ITA), Claudio Beorchia (ITA), Andreja Kargačin (SRB), Alice Mestriner & Ahad Moslemi (ITA, IRN), Yilin Zhu (CHN). The exhibition will be open from 17 November 2023 to 7 January 2024.

The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 17 November at 12 noon with a special guided tour for schools, companies and the authorities, and a ceremony for the donation of Neja Tomšič and Andreja Kargačin’s works to the City, the Alto Adriatico Custom shipyard and the Hannibal Sailyard.

Opening hours

Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Access to the Peripheral Memories exhibition only is free of charge.

Guided tours of the exhibition and workshops

Free guided tours of the exhibition Peripheral Memories are planned for Saturdays 25.11, 9.12, 23.12 and 6.01 from 16:00 to 18:00 (booking required).

Free art workshops for 6 to 14 year olds are also offered on the same days at the same times as the special guided tours. For parents and carers of children and teenagers, on workshop days guided tours of the Shipbuilding Museum are offered at the reduced price of €5.00 for admission and €4.00 for the visit.

For information and bookings

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The project Peripheral Memories

Peripheral Memories is a project that aims to revisit the relationship between History, the territory of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the companies that inhabit it, through the aesthetic and symbolic power of contemporary art.

It is the story of a process of industrial growth and subsequent demobilisation in the areas of the extreme north-eastern border: the Julian Alps and the Karst, the Udinese piedmont and the Isonzo.

These territories were the target, in the short century, of the growth of wartime and defensive economies: the presence of the border led to a phase of militarisation and industrialisation aimed at exploiting the territory and its industrious people. These economies proved to be ‘transitional’: they employed resources only pro tempore, shifting their scope elsewhere as historical conditions changed. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, a process of disinvestment began in the area that profoundly affected both the lives of nature and man.

The territory appears dotted with ghost-like places: former barracks, former factories, industrial archaeologies set in the river, mountain and hill landscape. They represent a legacy not only of the 20th century but of several centuries: they are the legacy of an idea, of Karst and the Julian Belt as a watershed between west and east (the Ottoman world, then Yugoslavian-Balkan, and finally Russian) and as a border to be guarded and exploited to nurture defensive economies.

In this scenario, Peripheral Memories is also the valorisation of productive knowledge that companies still active today have been handing down for decades. These companies have a symbolic value in their sector: linked to tradition, history and local culture, they have been able to open up to innovation also through collaboration with the creative sector. /