Italy’s National Film Museum unveils ambitious restyling plans costing up to $36 million

Italy’s National Film Museum has announced ambitious remodeling and renovation plans that will change the museum’s future. The transformation will focus on two main areas: the renewal of the facilities and a partial transformation of the visitor experience. The estimated cost of the plan is 30 to 35 million euros (31 to 36 million US dollars).

Plans include the creation of new exhibition spaces (most of the underground areas that currently house storage rooms will be made accessible to visitors); the extensive presence of new VR, AR and Metaverse content, some managed via dedicated control rooms; the transformation of the exhibition rooms on the 15th, 18th and 25th floors; the reopening of the nearby pier garden to house a cafeteria and a new ticket office; along with several adjustments to make the historical mole more energy efficient and to regulate the temperature.

“We aim to present the last 20 years of cinematic history and its technological developments in a broader perspective, including the Netflix TV series and major mainstream productions such as the ‘Harry Potter’ saga, ‘Squid Game’ and the ‘Marvel’ films said the museum’s director, Domenico De Gaetano diversity. We met him with President Enzo Ghigo during the Turin Film Festival.

De Gaetano announced that a technical team including both employees and outside consultants drafted the plans’ guidelines. The group will work with an international scientific committee made up of academics, scholars and museum directors, and a “Youth-Oriented Advisory Board” whose activities will focus on making the museum more attractive to younger generations.

Enzo Ghigo, President of the Italian National Film Museum, and Domenico De Gaetano, Director

Next week, Ghigo and De Gaetano will meet the deputies of the Turin region to explain their plans: “The aim is that a national bill comes into force that could grant the museum 2 million euros a year [$2.06 million] for 10 years. Although this [bill] would not cover all costs, it would pave the way to raising more funds by involving other agencies and supporters.”

De Gaetano also addressed the museum’s recent Dario Argento exhibition, currently open to visitors until January 16, 2023: “It chronicles his entire career and films through his voice recordings, photographs, posters, sketches and props, inclusive Carlo Rambaldi’s infamous doll head from ‘Deep Red’. We have focused on his artistic approach and elements of his work such as the lights, the props, the set design, his work with actors so that those in the know and those who don’t know him can appreciate them.” Italy’s National Film Museum unveils ambitious restyling plans costing up to $36 million

Charles Jones

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