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The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari Museum for Modena

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8th January, 2012

A museum built around the birth place of Enzo Ferrari and his first workshop will open in the Italian city of Modena, on 10th March 2012.

In addition, commencing on Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, the 18th February, Modena will hold a series of events to celebrate Enzo Ferrari, his cars and his motor sport success.

“It is with great satisfaction and enthusiasm that, after years of intense work by the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari, we are on the point of inaugurating this important cultural asset, that will tell the world the story of this great figure and the vocation for motoring of this area”, says Mauro Tedeschini, President of the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari. (copyright image)
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The museum complex started from the restoration of the house in which Enzo Ferrrari was born in Modena in 1898, and that has preserved through the years both the living quarters and the workshop. To this has been added a new building in the form of the now famous yellow aluminium “bonnet” whose colour is the symbol of the city of Modena and the colour chosen by Enzo Ferrari as the background to the Prancing Horse, the trademark of the company that bears his name.

The Galleria Ferrari Museum at Maranello (Italy), the Marzaglia motor racing circuit and the Righini, Panini e Stanguellini Collections are other points of interest in the area.

The curtain will rise on an exhibition dedicated to the story of Enzo Ferrari the man, the driver and the constructor, placed in the context of the the era which saw him as an undisputed star: motor sport, with its cast of actors, its places, the competitions that characterised the events of his life: from the street circuit of Modena to the motor racing circuit to the Mille Miglia; from Scaglietti, Fantuzzi, Stanguellini to Maserati, Pagani, De Tomaso, Lamborghini as well as Alfa Romeo.

In his birthplace there is a permanent multimedia display which retraces the most important events in Enzo Ferrari’s life, a “mover of men”, who believed that “if you can dream it you can do it”, who saw the car as a work of art and considered racing as an experimental and testing ground for the continuous development and improvement of technology and the reaching of perfection.

The major attractions of the exhibition will be the cars themselves; representatives of the great Italian names from the most prestigious collections and museums.

The vehicles will be surrounded by showcases containing historic documents, objects and memorabilia, with the contribution of original audio-visual footage that reconstructs the identity of Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna, that with time acquired international importance.

The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari is also a prestigious work of contemporary architecture that carries the signature of Future Systems of London, formerly headed by the great architect Jan Kaplicky, who died in 2009. The interior design and museum lay out were under the supervision of architect Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio, co-designer of the project. Engineering, project management and works management were provided by the Politecnica company.

The museum is situated close to the historic city centre of Modena and the Maserati factory, in the area outside the city walls that was the first in Modena to be developed and where, close to the railway, the first large industrial complexes, now disused, were built. The area is now being transformed, with the construction of a new homes, offices, shops and restaurants.

The museum covers a total floor space of 5,000 sq. m. including a teaching room with a digital archive centre, a conference - room, a projection room, shop and a coffee shop. The exhibition space is set up therefore not only as an elegant space in which to display cars, but as a venue in which conventions, presentations and cultural events can be conducted.

The museum will be open 363 days a year, and, thanks to its flexible and modular set up, will host temporary exhibitions in the new gallery that intertwine the theme of motoring with those of art, music, science and technology.

The museum will be directed by the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari, which will oversee cultural policy, exhibition organisation,  the educational programme, the documentation centre and archive organisation, communication and marketing.

Work on the complex has cost 18 million euros. Numerous local and provincial government bodies, community groups and private companies together with several public funding entities have provided money for the project. Although Ferrari S.p.A. is involved in this project, the new museum is not a Ferrari owned enterprise.


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