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In the name of Water
the scientific and cultural winter of the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti


From an exhibition dedicated to the international Ice Memory project to the Murano blown glass works inspired by the micro-organisms preserved in ice to 'Acqua' (water), the third appointment of ‘Casa Genesis’ at the SanBrite star-rated restaurant in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

For this winter season, the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti cultural centre is proposing a programme of events dedicated to the theme of water. It's intended to be an efficient antidote to the lack of ideas and the aridity of predatory environmental behaviour.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, 23rd January 2024_ Back to the essence, to water, the fundamental element of life: snow, ice, mountain springs. Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti presents a winter exhibition season dedicated to this element, with a programme full of references, proposals and surprises.
Surrounded by an exceptional landscape at an altitude of 2,732 metres, comfortably accessible using the Lagazuoi cable car, we can take a close look at our relationship with the planet through a transparent filter, "in acqua veritas", and grasp the most interesting - and urgent - aspects of our relationship with the Earth.
Thus, the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti is confirmed as a prestigious outpost where we can meditate on biodiversity and lifestyles.

'Good night, glaciers': A race against time

Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti takes visitors directly to the edge of the world, "inside" the glaciers, with a narrative that traces its roots to the distant past and challenges us to speculate about the future. Good night, glaciers is an exhibition dedicated to Ice Memory, a UNESCO-recognised project involving several international teams, including the Italian team led by Carlo Barbante, Director of the Institute of Polar Sciences at the CNR and Professor at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. They are taking ice cores in the Alps and other places in the world to save them from glacier melt.
Visitors are surrounded by an immersive scenography, with boundless panoramas projected on the wall, recorded sounds of melting glaciers, videos dedicated to scientific missions, and interviews with researchers. In one exhibition room, there is also a real ice core, which was taken from one of the project locations and is ready for transport to Antarctica. There, scientists will be able to conduct their research on these ice samples, which contain irreplaceable climatic information about the history of the climate and the environment, without any time limit. Analysing the drill cores will make it possible to understand how the Earth reacts to these phenomena, and this information is of essential importance when it is necessary to decide what measures are to be taken to limit the damage caused by climate change.

Maria Grazia Rosin presents Ice Virux 2732: The play of ice and glass

A scientific publication of 2009 about the first core drilling operations in the Arctic ice pack by Professor Carlo Barbante served as the inspiration for the exhibition titled Ice Virux 2732 by Maria Grazia Rosin. The artist imagines that frozen, semi-active prehistoric viruses could be found in the deepest layers of Arctic pack ice, originating in outer space and which probably arrived on Earth with falling asteroids. These micro-organisms could be reactivated with unforeseeable consequences during ice melting. Based on this science fiction fantasy, the artist gives life to a swarm of evanescent sidereal creatures, a kind of crystal snowfall. The hand-blown glass works were made in Murano in collaboration with master glass blower Sergio Tiozzo, and their colour code is opaline, bronzed yellow, faint blue and white. They are fitted with reflecting metals and applications in burnt silver leaf applications.
Maria Grazia Rosin has dedicated herself to glass for many years: born in Cortina d'Ampezzo, where she attended the Art Institute, and Venetian by adoption, she has been working with master glassblowers since 1993, exploring the creative potential of this element, which shares similar qualities of transparency and pliability with ice.
Her works are part of international museum collections, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musèe des Arts Dècoratifs in Paris, the Museo del Vetro in Venice, the IMA Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, The Lake St-Louis Historical Society in Montreal, Quebec in Canada, the Corning Museum of Glass, NY USA, the Coral Spring Museum of Art in Florida USA, the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf in Germany, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Stewart Collection in Montreal Canada, Ernsting Stiftung Foundation at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, La Biennale at Ca Giustinian Venice, and MAA Museo Municipal de Arte en Vidrio in Madrid.

Casa Genesis goes up to Mt. Lagazuoi: Water, the source of life

Casa Genesis, the project inaugurated by SanBrite restaurant in Cortina, will now include Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti in its schedule. The third chapter of this exciting event will take place on 28th and 29th January 2024. In their former hayloft converted a few years ago into a star-rated kitchen, Riccardo Gaspari and Ludovica Rubbini decided to explore the essential elements - earth, air, water and fire - by involving them in a narrative by involving them in a narrative that begins at the table and expands to philosophies and disciplines of body and spirit. Now it’s the turn of the water, which in the mountains assumes many forms: snow, ice, roaring torrents, Alpine lakes.
In a mountain chalet that has embraced the philosophy of regenerative cuisine with a circular economy that returns nutrients and substances to the earth and recycles waste, the eternal cycle of water becomes the focus of a programme of events that alternate between moments dedicated to food, reflection and immersion in nature.
On 28th January, on Mt. Lagazuoi, there will be a round table with experts on this subject, including engineer Stefano Illing, the initiator of Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti. It is a unique opportunity for discussion and reflection.


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