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An artist's day to celebrate contemporary art - from 250 €

Thursday 15 april 2021 | Travel proposal valid until: Friday 01 october 2021

A unique experience, retracing the traces of contemporary art in Romagna in villages steeped in a history as ancient as it is intense.

Lenght: full day
Period: June to October 2021
Max persons: 8 people
An artist's day to celebrate contemporary art

At school with Mauro Pipani
In Emilia-Romagna there are countless picturesque villages where time seems to have stood still at the time of great seigniories such as the Malatesta. It surprises and fascinates when in these hermitages you find yourself in front of works of contemporary art, in contrast but at the same time perfectly set in the surrounding landscape. Well, among the splendid hills of Cesena is the workshop of the artist Mauro Pipani, a leading figure in contemporary art who pours his inner world into his creations, made up above all of poignant memories and representations of his Romagna, from the Adriatic Sea, to the clear light that floods this territory, to the brackish air that seems to come out of his works.
Mauro Pipani's creations are characterised in particular by the use of several materials (from metal fibres to resins to fabrics and gauze) skilfully layered by the Cesenatico-born artist.

According to the programme, it is possible to spend three hours in his workshop, putting one's artistic skills to the test by following Pipani's teachings: Indian ink, watercolours, acrylic painting and pencils are just some of the techniques that guests will find themselves experimenting with in his workshop.
After the workshop with maestro Mauro Pipani, guests will be able to taste the excellent local cuisine in the open air, with traditional dishes from Romagna: there will be tortelli with meat sauce, cappelletti and above all the authentic piadina romagnola with prosciutto crudo and Squacquerone di Romagna Dop cheese, all washed down with a glass of Sangiovese DOC red wine or alternatively Albano di Romagna.

A stroll through Longiano and Cesena
During this experience it will also be possible to take a guided tour of the medieval village of Longiano, located on the hills between Cesena and Rimini with a panoramic view of the Rubicone valley: the charm of this Romagna jewel has been recognised and awarded the coveted Orange Flag by the TCI.
The mediaeval village of Longiano has two well-preserved city walls interspersed with three gateways. The Malatestas left their mark on the village of Longiano: the Malatesta Castle, in whose courtyard there is a 16th century Venetian Tank, houses works from the Tito Balestra Foundation, including paintings and graphics by Guttuso, Chagall, Goya and Matisse, Morandi, Mafai and many others.

Also worth a visit is the Baroque Oratory of San Giuseppe, which houses an interesting Museum of Sacred Art with a 15th-century icon of the Madonna of Tears and a sculpture group of the Lamentation over Christ made of terracotta by Ilario Fioravanti.
A visit to the village of Longiano must include a stop at the Sanctuary of the Santissimo Crocifisso, which houses a painted wooden crucifix, dating back to the 13th century, from 1270 and considered miraculous.

Other attractions in Longiano include the Petrella Theatre, the Museum of the Territory and the Galleria delle Maschere (Mask Gallery) with around thirty bronze sculptures, symbols of Italian Commedia dell'Arte.
Those who want to take advantage of this travel proposal can choose the most suitable additions to the tour, according to their needs. It is possible to stay for 3 days and 2 nights in Cesena, the ancient stronghold of the Malatesta family: here you can spend relaxing days discovering the Rocca Malatestiana, located on the Garampo hill and surrounded by the green Parco della Rimembranza, and the Malatesta Library, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to be missed is a stop in Piazza del Popolo, in front of the Rocchetta di Piazza and the spectacular Masini Fountain dating back to the 16th century.


The Romagna you don't expect is also the one linked to contemporary art, of which an important name has been active and present for years in the major Italian art galleries. Mauro Pipani opens his doors exclusively to Waitravel customers, to live an experience inside his workshop, which for the occasion will become a classroom of inspiration for the work you will do under his supervision. An artist's day in which you will create your own work, following one of the techniques used by the master. Let yourself be inspired by the magnificent panorama that surrounds the atelier on the hills of Cesena, a few steps from the characteristic village of Longiano, which you will visit accompanied by a genuine Romagna guide.

For those who wish, the experience can be included in a stay of 2 nights and 3 days in the city of Cesena and also includes the possibility of private transfers upon request.

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The programme is structured as follows
- 3 hours workshop at the studio of the artist Mauro Pipani
- visit to the village of Longiano with private guide
- outdoor lunch with typical products of the Romagna tradition.


Price from € 250.00 per adult

Travel proposal valid until: Friday 01 october 2021


  • 3-hour workshop in the studio of artist Mauro Pipani
  • visit to the village of Longiano with private guide
  • outdoor lunch with typical products of the Romagna tradition.
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Mauro Pipani was born in Cesenatico, on the Romagna Riviera, in 1953. In spite of his passion for medicine, it was his own family that trained him in art, and in 1968 he began to attend the State Institute of Mosaic Art in Ravenna, where he met his first masters, including Francesco Verlicchi. If his early youth was characterised by the climate of the economic boom, his enrolment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna coincided not only with his first impact with a non-provincial reality, but also with the acute phase of social, political and artistic turmoil that brought about a profound renewal in the overall picture of culture.

He began his studies under the guidance of Pompilio Mandelli and with Maurizio Bottarelli, and at the same time he approached the artistic avant-garde of that "revolutionary" period on an intellectual level, sharing them. He was one of the founders of the Via delle Biscie collective, which operated in a space, Villa Enrica, managed by the municipality of Bologna, and in 1973 presented itself at the Feltrinelli bookshop in Bologna. The exponents of the group, very young and socially committed, faced their first and still unripe experiments, but they were soon noticed: in the same year they took part in the prestigious Premio Suzzara and attracted the interest of Mario De Micheli, who in 1975 presented an exhibition of the collective at the Galleria Comunale Galvani in Bologna.

In the same years, it was also fundamental to attend the literary and poetic group gathered around the magazine "Sul porto", founded by the poets Ferruccio Benzoni, Stefano Simoncelli and Walter Valeri. Thanks to these ties, he came into contact with figures such as the mature Alfonso Gatto, a great trait-d'union between literary culture and the visual arts, Franco Fortini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dario Bellezza and above all Dario Fo: it was during this period that he collaborated with the Comune in the excited season of the Palazzina Liberty. In the second half of the 1970s, thanks to the support of a patron, he moved briefly to Rome and produced works based on photographic processes that were later transferred to painting: his depictions of abandoned car cemeteries are intended as a denunciation of the prevailing consumer culture. For many years afterwards, he combined painting with the profession of interior designer and his exhibition activity became rare, only to resume full swing in the nineties when his work, having reached full maturity, was exhibited in two personal exhibitions in 1996, "Confini" at the Loggetta Lombardesca in Ravenna and "Oltremare" at the Magazzini del Sale in Cervia.

This moment coincided with the beginning of his teaching activity: in 1998 he started teaching at the Academy of Bologna, and in the same year he held his personal exhibition "Acque di superficie" at the foyer of the Municipal Theatre of Cervia, with a text by Marco Meneguzzo. In 2001 he was invited by Adriano Baccilieri to "Figure del Novecento 2. Oltre l'Accademia" at the Pinacoteca Civica and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. In those years Pipani developed a technically complex and contaminated painting practice. The Ossidiane are computer-processed photographic operations with pictorial interventions, and mark his definitive maturity: they were exhibited in 2003 in Modena and Ravenna in two personal exhibitions curated by Alberto Zanchetta.

Nevertheless, a more openly lyrical and memorial dimension prevails in him, without of course "slipping into that sentimental excess which is the greatest risk for anyone who decides to stage such a subtle emotion as that of memory" (Meneguzzo), with precise references to the visual universe of symbiotic poetry of which the greatest model was Gastone Novelli, whom Renato Barilli indicated in 2015 (Arborea, Villa Torlonia, San Mauro Pascoli, and Oratorio di San Rocco, Gatteo) as the direct precedent of Pipani's work, with increasingly evident references to a sort of emotional "cartography of the soul".

His main exhibitions include:

2001 he was invited by Adriano Baccilieri to Figure del Novecento 2. Oltre l'Accademia at the Pinacoteca Civica and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, 1998 Acque di Superficie curated by Marco Meneguzzo, 2003 Ossidiane curated by Alberto Zanchetta, in 2015 Gli alberi sono Anime curated by Annamaria Bernucci and Arborea curated by Renato Barilli.

In 2016 he took part in the Biennale Disegno in Rimini, the same year Raffaele Quattrone included him in the project "New Faustian World - un libro e un film" composed of a group of 17 international artists. In 2018 he is invited to the Biennale Disegno di Rimini and at the same time he exhibits in the group show Sironi e il Contemporaneo in the spaces of the Augeo Artspace Open Rimini circuit. In 2019 he publishes his first monograph "Luoghi Riflessi" curated by Flaminio Gualdoni and presented as part of a solo exhibition in the house where the poet Marino Moretti was born in Cesenatico (FC). In Vignola she exhibits Multiversi, curated by Lucia Biolchini at Wunderkammer Dislocata, she is then in Venice, at Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space & Gallery with a specific installation Nautilus for "New Faustian World" curated by Raffaele Quattrone. Also in 2019 she is at ArtVerona with Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space Gallery, at Apporti collective with Primo Piano Art Gallery Rimini and with a solo exhibition Atmosferica curated by Franco Bertoni at Museo Ugonia in Brisighella (Ra).

In 2020 he is in Bologna with AER, an installation project specially conceived for the three days of Art City Bologna during Artefiera, in the spaces of Residenza Incamminati in via delle Belle Arti, in collaboration with Galleria Primo Piano Rimini. During the lockdown period (March-May), he was invited to participate in online/social exhibition projects; HOPE! for Beatrice Burati Anderson Gallery (on the gallery's Instagram profile), Futuro(da)remoto Biennale del Disegno (online site). In the summer he was in Rimini at Galleria Zamagni with the group show Solstizio d'estate.

He published Autoritratto di un luogo (Self-portrait of a place) for Danilo Montanari Editore, an art book that recounts, through fragments of life and works of art, a possible collection between image and word, accompanied by an essay by Sandro Sproccati.

He continued his exhibition activity with the Beatrice Burati Anderson Gallery in the on-line version of Artverona Digital | 2020, and took part in VENTI per VENTI Assembramenti Positivi, a large collective installation where 20 artists confronted each other in the 20x20 cm format, curated by Galleria Zamagni Rimini. Also online, he produces an audio-specific for the project Camera D'ascolto di Dislocata - Wunderkammer curated by Lucia Biolchini.

Pipani currently teaches painting and painting techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona, and carries out his artistic activity between Oriola, a small hilly hamlet of Cesena, and Verona. 

They wrote for him:
Renato Barilli
Franco Bertoni
Flaminio Gualdoni
Marco Meneguzzo
Pier Paolo Rinaldi

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