Maci & Villa Faravelli

M.A.C.I. - The origin of the museum and its historical location

Villa Faravelli has been the location of M.A.C.I. since February 2006, by hosting the permanent Collection "Architect Lino Invernizzi".

The Villa is a jewel of 40's architecture , surrounded by a wide park which faces the new Imperia's harbour. It was built after the will of the industial  Umberto Faravelli, under the direction of the Engineer Francesco Muratorio. The building is a unique example of neorinascimental and rational desing.

Villa Faravelli has been reopened to the public in 2005 with a personal exhibition of George Baselitz, after six years of careful renovation under the direction of the architect
Marco Calvi. The organization of the interiors has followed the original plan, as well as details such as tapestries and architectural elements, renovated with philological spirit.

In November 2016 the CMC Cooperative took over the manegement of MACI.

Born in Sanremo in 2001, in these sixteen years of activity the CMC has realized many cultural initiatives: has curated publications and exhibitions, has organized and produced festivals, theatre shows and both musical and literary expositions, working together with important actors and directors of the national scene.
CMC developes now the project and the idea of bringing in the area of Imperia the most contemporary art languages. From museum set-up to live shows, CMC promotes a new multicultural project, by creating at M.A.C.I. an environment of meeting and experimentation.



The Invernizzi collection

The Invernizzi Family and the story of the Collection

The permanent Collection of modern art by the Architect Lino Invernizzi was donated to the city by his widow Maria Teresa Danè.

Lino Invernizzi was a famous architect, well known in the area of Genova. Lino was Angelo Invernizzi' son, the builder who realized the skyscraper of Piazza Dante - in Genova, under the project of Marcello Piacentini - and Villa Girasole in Marcellise, homeland of the Invernizzi Family.

The bequest includes kind of seventy artworks - among paintings and sculptures -  from the main artists, both italian and international, of the second half of the Nineteenth Century. The Collection represents an important proof of the national and international evolution of art after the Second World War.

Among the authors Victor Vasarely, Mario Radice, Robert e Sonia Delunay, Ennio Morlotti, Josef Albers, Marino Marini, Frantisek Kupka, Lucio Fontana, Piero Dorazio, Vittorio Tavernari, Carlo Nangeroni e Renato Birolli.

The valutation of the Collection is estimated around 2.5 millions of euro.

Shows 2017
Shows 2018

Time '17



25/03 > 21/05

After one year from the passing of the White Duke, the exhibition “David Bowie - The Real Face”, a tribute to the most influential music icon of the last 50 years, has showed the artworks of the main artists of the contemporary italian pop art.

Important names have been hosted during the exhibition, each one committed in his own personal homage to the great english singer.

Among all, Marco Lodola, famous international artist and big music fan, has brought to  M.A.C.I. his amazing and famous light boxes, in a game of shapes and lights inside the interiors of Villa Faravelli and more.

The show has seen the exceptional display to the public of the original mask of Bowie's face, realized in 1975 during the take of The man who fell to earth– 1976.

Special guest during the big vernissage of the exhibition, Red Ronnie - italian music critic - who has charmed the public with the story of his meeting with the man who gave birth to the character of Ziggy Stardust.



02/07> 02/07

The italian visual artist Luca Saini has realized a site-specific project for the interiors of Villa Faravelli: an innovative work conceived to add value to the rich rooms of the  Villa, in a renewed discover of its atmosphere, by guiding the public into an interactive and sensorial experience.

Multimedia installations and Saini's videos has been mixed to gave life and sound to a visual art project about the concept fo vibration and undulatory phenomenon.

This is the origin of “VBR”, a multimedia artwork between art, music and science, that has examinated the concept of invisibility of the sound and the possibility of its visible representation, by giving life to a mobile image.



13/07 > 27/08

Form the 13th of July in the rooms of Villa Faravelli and its park have been occupied by the fantastic creatures of Carin Grudda, international artist deeply-rooted in Liguria.

Her surreal and suggestive bestiary has animated a new expositive path in the park of  M.A.C.I., by involving the public into the discover of the wonderful landscapes that surround the Villa, in a new "enchanted garden".

The sculptures realized in bronze in a natural scale by the german artist based in Lingueglietta, have evokated a dreamy atmopshere, and have populated a story where the chacacters were dogs, birds, jokers, ballerinas and kings, characterized by an essential and childisch design, with nonsense shapes linked to a funny homage to Dada. Brilliant colours, dominated by the turquoise, decorated with golden details, and littered by misterious and evocative graphic signs.


Time '18



05/05 > 08/07

A photo exhibition, a cinema festival and a video room, a masterclass and a concert with punk rock's icon Glen Matlock - Sex Pistols' original bassist.

All of this – and much more – is John Tiberi's project Post Punk Situation, in partenrship with M.A.C.I. and with the art curator Alessandro Romanini, born from Alfonso Sista's idea.

A festival that tells about Punk's movement and his aesthetics and travels till the roots of the "artistic" rebellions of the XX th Century.

John Tiberi's photos show the Punk's phenomenon and the Sex Pistols in every details: from the early animated gigs at the beginning of their musical experience, to the studio's recording sessions, from the tournée (with the famous Scandinavian tour), to the travels - particularly referring to the legendary one in Berlin where “Holydays in the Sun” (produced in studio by Tiberi himself) was recorded – till everyday band's routine far from the show business and the society of that time.

A significant number of documents (fanzines, texts, books...) and a video room with original exclusive tapes complete the exhibition.

A story made by pictures, videos, installations and personal memories, that will involve both a national and international audience, curious and passionate, but also a young local public that will discover Punk once again and some older ones, who have lived Punk as a life experience of youth and rebellion.

John Tiberi's presence to the opening of Saturday 5th of May will be the first appointment of a series of important events linked to the exhibition: a calendar that will involve Imperia in two months of art, culture, music and creativity. 



Settimio Benedusi Lectio Magistralis on the History of Photography
Settimio Benedusi Lectio Magistralis on the History of Photography

Sunday 26th of March meeting with the local photographer Settimio Benedusi, nowadays international name, who has hold a lectio magistralis at Villa Faravelli, by telling his own experience and vision behind the lens...from Sports Illustrated till his great and first love, Imperia's sea.


The FAI Young Group presentation at VillaFaravelli
The FAI Young Group presentation at VillaFaravelli

Imperia's FAI Group has been guest at MACI Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday 10th of September to announce the new Imperia's FAI Young Group and to discover the Invernizzi Collection and Villa Faravelli.

The visit has been followed by happy hour and live jazz music in the park.


Mr Blue live at Villa Faravelli
Mr Blue live at Villa Faravelli

It's time for jazz again at Villa Faravelli!
To finish 2017 with the right vibes M.A.C.I. is pleased to host Mr. Blue Sextet Live!

Mr. BLUE is the title of a composition by Igor Iabichino adapted for a sextet that boasts the participation of successfull jazz players from all over Italy, guests at Villa Faravelli to present live a new unreleased album!

Voila' la Belle Epoque!
Voila' la Belle Epoque!

Villa Faravelli is pleased to host the first review "Donne in cammino", with a concert - talking about the female figure. 
From Queen Margherita to Mata Hari, from La Bella Otero to Maria Montessori, from Marie Curie to Eleonora Duse: the voice of Raffaella Ranise will tell the stories of these and other women which have given a strong tribute to the emancipation of the female figure in history.
The talk will be followed by the music of three international artist, based in Liguria: the soprano Angelica Cirillo, the pianist Cinzia Bartoli and the violinist Giovanni Sardo.


A new important opening at M.A.C.I.'s for the new season of exhibitions and events.

A night dedicated to Punk's music, culture and aesthetics, with international guests who will animate Villa Faravelli's main hall for the opening of Post Punk Situation.

Drinks powered by I Sognatori Ristorante & Bistro’ during the live show by A Morning Loss and Dj set by Radiomandrake




Sabato 2nd of June 2018 at 5.30 pm in the main hall of Villa Faravelli Professor Alessandra Gagliano Candela - vice Director and Professor of History of Art at the Accademia Ligustica of Genova - will introduce to the public to the most important avantgarde of the 19th Century - the Dada movement.

More than 100years after its birth the Dada reveals itself - between coincidence and irony - by offering us with Professor Gagliano Candela's words a travel at the roots of the movement and its heritage. A legacy that arrives till Punk, a movement that shares with Dada a sacrilegious and irriverent mood, like every big revolution of ideas.



Saturday 9th of June from 10.30 am Glen Matlock will give a lecture during a masterclass in the main hall of Villa Faravelli for max 40 young musicians under 30. Participants will have the chance to learn from one of the protagonists of Punk movement "what is there to learn today from a Sex Pistol" and they will have from Matlock a live witness on the cultural background that led to the birth of the band who made Punk's history. 

Saturday 9th of June in the evening Glen Matlock, who has performed during the last years in international music festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, will perform in the beautiful location of I Sognatori - club in the centre of Imperia – for a unique live to the strains of the Sex Pistols' historical songs and of his recent solo tracks. An intense and unforgettable show, rough and spontaneously Punk .

Before the concert it will be possible to book a good dinner made with all our local product and served by the wonderful staff of the club.


Info&Enrollment MASTERCLASS

[email protected] – 0183.297927


I Sognatori – Largo Varese 16 - 0183.63179


Saturday the 21st of July the mail hall of Villa Faravelli will host for the first time in Imperia a training day dedicated to the discipline of Yoga Beat®, with the teacher Silvia Paonessa and the Dj and producer Bioxprod!
Yoga Beat® is a teaching method that includes different Yogic and artistic techniques to include Yoga practice in a rythm that becomes the main part of the practice. Yoga Beat® would like to involve everyone in the Yoga practice - by a spontaneous, funny and involving learning - and it is addressed to everyone who would like to try the discipline for the first time, but also to the experts of Yoga training who would like to try a more dinamic and complete practice.
For the first time in Imperia hosted by M.A.C.I., Silvia Paonessa – Yoga teacher with patents  200 and 500h YTTC obtained in India and Alliance UK/USA certification in Hata – Ashtanga – Vinyasa – Acro Yoga – Yoga Therapy – will lead the practice following the experimental sound composed live during the class by the Dj and producer Bioxprod.
The movement and the breathe will flux with the minimal and deep house acoustics: a unique and immersive experience.

Ore 17.00 guided tour to the permanent collection of the museum (45 min)
Ore 18.00 Yoga Beat® class (90 min)
Enrollment 25€
Restricted places - to reserve [email protected]/ 347.6484732 or at the museum's desk during opening hours


Filmcaravan goes to MACI!
For the first year Villa Faravelli's park is pleased to host the 9th edition of the Festival deicated to international authors' shorts.

From Wednesday the 25th till Saturday the 28th of July the Contemporary Art Museum of Imperia will be the beautiful new location for the 2018 edition of the Festival that brings every year in Imperia original directors from all Europe.

Every day during the Festival the M.A.C.I. Contemporary Art Museum will be open to visit the permanent collection from 4.30 pm till 9.00 pm with a ticket or a pass that will give access to the projections as well.
Since 7.00 pm there will be a bar corner in the park thanks to the partnership with ArteCafé to taste some of our typical ligurian flavor in the beautiful landscape of Villa Faravelli's park!

Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th of July
MACI Museo Arte Contemporanea Imperia - Villa Faravelli
Shows will start at 9.30 pm - Shows will finish at 11.30 pm
Ticket for one night at the Museum (and access to the show): Adults 5/ Under 26 3
Pass for four nights at the Museum (and access to the show): Adults 10/ Under 26 6

Info&Tickets -
[email protected]
0183.297927 - 0184.544633



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