Curated by Carlo Antonelli and Anna Daneri
Vita, morte e miracoli (Life, Death, Miracles). The Art of Longvity is the manifesto of Villa Croce’s new course curated by Carlo Antonelli.
Inside the museum, the visual narrative of the forth and fth age of life by some artists born in Genoa, or in connection with Liguria, – Renata Boero, Lisetta Carmi, Franco Mazzucchelli, Corrado Levi, Elisa Montessori, Anna Oberto, Rodolfo Vitone, joined by the thirty years old Nuvola Ravera, by Marco Bruzzone and by the “riviera artist” Jean Dupuy as a special guest – are blown up as a proved evidence of a thesis, deriving from a complex and detailed collection of scientific contributions concerning some researches on senility under way in Genoa (co-ordinated by Antonelli and Paola Mordiglia). The exhibition presents some audio interviews and participations featuring: Massimiliano Valerii (Censis general manager), Valter Longo (a superstar in his eld, director of the Longevity Institute in Los Angeles and author of the bestseller The Longevity Diet, published all over the world), Stefano Gustinchich from the Italian Institut of Technology (genetist battling against the Parkinson and Alzheimer cellular degenerations), Alberto Pilotto and Patrizio Odetti (head of geriatrics department respectively at the Galliera Hospital and the San Martino Hospital), Massimo Livi Bacci (great dean of demographic studies), Franca Rossi Galli (geriatric sexoligist), Niccolò Casiddu (teaching “silver economy” design at the Faculty of Architecture), Carla Costanzi (sociologist), Lucio Ghio (head of psychiatric department at the Galliera Hospital).
The demographic evidence of the uniqueness of the city of Genoa as worldwide lab for the new life expectancy and its implications turns the place where the museum is located into an avant-garde site: as Valter Longo declared, “Genoa is the US in 30 years, it is the entire Western world in 2040”. As a matter of fact, only then the planet will get to the current percentage of old people of the Liguria capital, with 40% of the population over 65 years old, which makes it already the oldest city in Europe and one of the oldest city of the planet. The exhibition’s informative support – present along the main staircase in form of audio interviews – set up an enormous diorama, that gets to expand the idea of Genoa as absolute capital for the so-called “silver foxes” between now and the mid of the century, thus delineating a concrete and clamorous platform for the economic, touristic and residential relaunch of the city.
In such an euphoric climate, the creative work between the age of 80 and 100 years shines a new light, helped by the stunning development of personalized medicine, nutrigenetics, digital research and technology in general (let’s think at prostheses and exoscheletons, useful even just to face the arduous climbs of local narrow lanes).
The last living generation who witnessed the horrors of Second World War gets nally rid of the burden of uselessness and of the endless wait for found joys and unexpected freedoms.