In an initiative from the Lombardy Region, from Ambassador Vittorio Sgarbi for "Expo Belle Arti 2015," a wide ranging project has been organized to promote the cultural, artistic, architectural and landscape of Lombardy, through a collaboration between public bodies and cultural institutions active in the regional territory. The exhibition benefits from a collaboration with the municipality of Mantua, in addition to support from: the Senate of the Republic, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, MIBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), the Province of Mantua, Mantua Expo 2015. The organization is managed by the The Centro Studi & Archivio “Antonio Ligabue of Parma supervised by Augusto Agosta Tota. The museum, was born from an idea by Vittorio Sgarbi, and created by Giovanni Lettini, Sara Pallavicini, Stefano Morelli and Cesare Inzerillo. The Museum is divided into the following sections. "All Saints. The Cesare Inzerillo sculptures": patients, doctors and nurses, distinguishable only by clothing details, reduced to mummies, united in the grueling struggle against suffering and death.
"The Grid. Photographs, paintings and neon": ninety portraits of patients found in various medical records from Italy's former asylums make up a grid of over 12 metres where a bright neon light, follows the contour of each portrait, giving light and noise to the thoughts of each face. "Hall of Memories. Abandoned objects": dozens of display cases containing books of literature in the original languages, which address the issue of insanity over the centuries, drugs and medication found in asylums, personal belongings from the patients, toys and drawings from the disturbing past. "Franco Basaglia,": courtesy of the Rai Teche archives, the video projection of "Direct Line - Discussion of Law 180," and "X Day – The great figures of Science "Franco Basaglia." "O.P.G.": thanks to the contribution of Senator Francesco Marino, a video-report will be screened on Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals made by the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry on the efficiency of the National Health Service - Senate of the Republic. "Antonio Ligabue, Pietro Ghizzardi": an exhibition section of the "Museum of Madness," is made up of a major retrospective dedicated to the two artists. The initiative presents 190 works of Antonio Ligabue, including 12 paintings and two previously unreleased drawings from private collections. From Ghizzardi there are 37 works which have never been exhibited and shown before. The exhibition is organized by Augusto Agosta Tota, President of the Centro Studi & Archive of Antonio Ligabue in Parma. A precious opportunity to enter the historical context and get to discover the unknown, while letting oneself get seduced by the art of two representatives of the twentieth century "mediopadano" which with hallucinatory air, sense of nature, and an attachment to a humanity at the limit of material and spiritual survival, were capable of a vigorous fight, even when it appeared lost in the mists of madness. So here, for the first time are 12 Ligabue oil paintings: Horse dated from 1939 to 1942; a portrait dating back to 1941; executed between 1948 and 1950 Horses ploughing; between 1952 and 1962 Portrait of a Woman; Scorpion, in two different versions; rural landscape; Black widow with prey; Cat with the mole; dated between 1953 and 1954 Tiger head while landscape with dogs dates back to the years 1953-1955. The date of the Hare was identified as being between 1957 and 1958. Two new undated drawings are the Moose and the Horse. Among the 37 new works of Pietro Ghizzardi are mixed techniques Claudia Cardinale from 1960, Marilin from 1968, and Mina from 1970. The Museum in Mantua also includes a section dedicated to temporary exhibitions on the theme of Madness. It will be showcasing the works of: Piccio, Antonio Mancini, Filippo Antonio Cifariello, Gaetano Esposito, Michele Cammarano, Vincenzo Gemito, Vito Timmel, Massimo Mariano, Gino Sandri, Carlo Zinelli, Bertozzi & Casoni, John Macciotta, Lorenzo Alessandri, Raimondo Lorenzetti , Mario Molinari, Raimondo Lorenzetti, Mario Molinari, Umberto Gervasi, Giacinto Bosco, Fabrizio Sclocchini, Luigi Serafini, Agostino Arrivabene, Giordano Morganti, Gaetano Giuffre, Ottavio Mazzonis, Nicola Sferruzza, Marilena Manzella, Sandro Bettin, Gaspare Palazzolo.
Opening hours: Monday from 14.00 to 19.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and holidays: 10.00-19.00; Thursday: 10.00-23.00; Saturday: 10.00-22.00 (the box office closes one hour before).
Full price ticket 10 € - Reduced ticket € 8.50 (the ticket office closes one hour before) Tickets (including the exhibition and Palazzo della Ragione)
Full price: € 10,00.
Reduced: € 8.50 for: groups of more than 20, visitors over 65, holders of special agreements with the municipality of Mantova (Touring Club, ACI, Torino Piemonte Card, Trenord etc ..), university students, residents in the municipality of Mantova holding the appropriate document.
Special reduced price Special: € 6.00 for visitors aged 11 to 18.
Reduced child ticket: € 4.50 for children aged 6 to 10. Integral ticket for holders of Mantova Museums Card: € 7.00.
Free: children up to 5 years, a guide accompanying each group of more than 20 people, two teachers per class in primary and secondary schools, for journalists with a license subject to accreditation at the press office, tour guides with a temporary of up to a maximum of three entrances for off-duty visits.