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The Colourful World of the Biennial Painted Wall

by /// September 1, 2023
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Every two years, the odd number of years, the village of Dozza, among the most beautiful in Italy, becomes an extraordinary open-air painting studio on the occasion of the Biennale del Muro Dipinto.
Born in the 1960s, the 29th edition entitled Art in progress will be held from 11 to 17 September 2023.

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The village, an open-air modern art gallery that can be visited every day of the year without queues or tickets, is enriched every two years with new works with the common denominator of painting on walls: murals in the ancient village of Dozza and writing and wall painting works in the hamlet of Toscanella.
Artists invited to previous editions include Sebastian Matta and Bruno Saetti for murals and Ericailcane and Eron for street art.

Usually the weekend days are the most popular but, if you happen to visit, do so also in the days before: you will have the more unique than rare opportunity to take part in the artists’ creative moment. The public present also has the opportunity, during the execution of the works, to dialogue with the artists to understand their inspirations, also in relation to the urban context.
I am sure that the numerous works that adorn the walls of the houses will bewitch you right away, so much so that you will not know where to start: that is why I recommend you head straight to the Pro Loco to get a map of the village.

Many initiatives are planned: exhibitions, concerts, but also installations and meetings. The visit can be completed at the Rocca di Dozza, where the works “torn” from the walls for conservation purposes and the over two hundred sketches related to the murals are collected.
If, in addition to your passion for art, you also have a passion for good wine, I recommend a visit to the Enoteca Regionale, also in the Rocca.

When you return home, you will be simultaneously aware of the value of contemporary art and of the creativity witnessed in the treasure that the village of Dozza has been able to enhance over the years.


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