At the Labyrinth of the Masone a new step-by-step path to discover its history

The Labyrinth of the Masone, the largest labyrinth in the world, reopens with a new step-by-step tour to reveal its history and that of its creator.

The Labyrinth of the Masone reopens to the public on Monday, May 18, and presents a new step-by-step tour that will tell the story of the world’s largest labyrinth, commissioned by Franco Maria Ricci. After being forced to close due to a health emergency, the labyrinth and the art collection will once again be accessible, with limited entry thanks to a new online booking system.

Through new panels placed among the bamboo avenues, visitors will be able to learn about the history of labyrinths, starting from the myth of Crete and reaching the present day, passing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A similar step-by-step tour will also tell the story of the Labyrinth of the Masone and its creator’s dream: from his inspirations, the mirror labyrinths he discovered in childhood and his meeting with the “labyrinthist” Jorge Luis Borges, to the realization of the project.

Texts and images will also uncover the various aspects of Ricci’s career: from his love at first sight with Bodoni’s Manuale Tipografico to his beginnings as a designer in the 1960s, to his decision to become a publisher, highlighting his important moments, collaborations and friendships, including Calvino, Eco, Barthes, Paz, and many other major figures in art, culture and fashion, and exploring the links between his publishing output and his eclectic art collection.

Other temporary installations will be placed instead in the rooms of the art collection: in particular, an in-depth look at art and creativity in the early 20th century, around some of Galileo Chini’s original testimonies, such as the tiles from Salsomaggiore, and I fiori di carta di Mao Tse Tung, the display of monochrome portraits of the Chinese dictator that were the subject of a famous art publication by Franco Maria Ricci.

During the months of May and June, all visitors will enter with discounted tickets. Online ticket purchase is recommended on the Labyrinth’s website to choose a date and time to visit. It will also be possible to purchase an annual subscription to the Labyrinth, at a cost of 50 euros, which allows access to the facility for one year from the time of purchase (park, permanent collection and temporary exhibitions will be included).

For info:

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with last admission at 6 p.m.

Ph.Credit Massimo Listri

At the Labyrinth of the Masone a new step-by-step path to discover its history
At the Labyrinth of the Masone a new step-by-step path to discover its history

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