Gouverneur 2018

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« 300 œuvres

autour de sept siècles d’histoire

de la ville et de la Corse »

| T O u r I s m E |

THE “MUSÉE DE BASTIA”

DISPLAYS CORSICA’S IDENTITY

TO GET THE BEST VIEW OF BASTIA, CLIMB

TO THE HEART OF THE CITADEL WHERE THE

FORMER GENOESE GOVERNORS’ PALACE

HOUSES THE TOWN’S MUSEUM.

From the wonderfully beautiful and tranquil gardens, the panorama is

breathtaking: the majestic Saint Jean-Baptiste church, the Vieux Port, the

islands of the Tuscan archipelago all stand in front of you… This imposing

fortress “palazzo” has seen generations of governors born into the most

noble families of Liguria, and has preserved its considerable status when

Bastia became capital under Genoese rule. Since then, the Palais des

Gouverneurs has become a museum in which 8000 sqm and 300 works

of art cover seven centuries of the town’s history and that of Corsica. It

also functions as a Fine Arts Museum thanks to pictures formerly

belonging to Cardinal Fesch’s art collection and bequeathed to Bastia,

giving a comprehensive view of 17th and 18th century Italian painting.

This year, the temporary exhibition, “Identità”, dedicated to Corsicans

and people migrations between the 17th and 21st century, aims to answer

the question: How does the Corsican identity evolve in relation to Others

as a result of migration? Emigrants firstly chose to settle in Italy before

later being included in those leaving the southern tip of Europe,

Mezzogiorno. Between 1931 and 1938, over 6,000 Corsicans left the island

each year. In the 19th to 20th centuries, over 150,000 Corsicans left the

island although their deep-rooted attachment to it remained. On the other

hand from the Middle Ages to today, the island has been a land of refuge

for Italians. As of the 20th century, North Africans and Portuguese have

become the principal foreign communities on the island. “Identità”, a

word which even in its plural form remains invariable, echoes an

ideological concept of integration, a “common destiny” that seemingly

represents the Corsican people. From 7 July to 22 December

Du 7 juillet au 22 décembre,

www.musee-bastia.com

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