The Clac Group - Artexplora
In 2009 the Clac group founded the cultural association Artexplora which opened its centre in the marvellous architectural site of S. Lucia di Cesena, well known for its beautiful scenery: a thematic park aiming at bringing children, teens, teachers, families and professionals closer to the artistic heritage of our country.
The group was founded in 1975 by Claudio Cavalli and Lucietta Godi; its work is geared towards kindergarten and compulsory education through the realization of research experiments, theatre creations, active exhibitions and cultural activities.
From 1983 to 1994 Claudio Cavalli was the author and actor/narrator of 9 theatre shows for thousands of repeat performances staged mostly in Central and Northern Italy, including Incanto di un vecchio pianoforte for La Scala Opera House. Lucietta Godi directed the theatre review of Ragazzi di Arcore (MI) for 23 editions. Between 1983 and 1988 Claudio and Lucietta directed a theatre school for children and kids.
From 1990 to 1994 C. Cavalli was among the authors of Albero Azzurro, a children program broadcasted by Rai 1 and 2, for 500 episodes and three home video series; Cavalli also appeared on video to tell stories and the Clac group wrote and developed the set of over 100 short films, broadcasted as part of the same TV programme.
In 1995 Claudio and Lucietta invented Breragioca, animated ludic and educational paths on Brera’s masterpieces; as from 1996 the project became a permanent feature of the Brera Art Gallery in Milan, involving every year hundreds of students’ classes in the Lombardy region. In 1998 the group gave birth to ArteinGioco, an international event which took place in Arcore (MI) during seven editions. The project encompassed laboratories, interactive exhibitions, seminars, performances and shows on arts and the artistic heritage for kids, schools and professionals.
In 1993 the Clac group launched an educational project, headed by Leila Cavalli. The project, called fare tv a scuola (“doing TV at school”) sets up video development laboratories for kindergartens, as well as primary and secondary schools and introduces children and teens to the video production activity; in 1997 the group staged Occhio in Camera, an itinerating interactive exhibition on television literacy and TV set, an itinerating TV studio. Together with the Clac team, Leila Cavalli developed television studios for kids and schools in Udine, as part of the Teatro&scuola project, sponsored by ERT, Ente teatrale del Friuli.
In 1999 Lara Cavalli joined the group, in charge of organizing art ludic paths for children.
In 2000 Claudio and Lucietta developed the project 100 Capolavori, 100 Giochi (100 masterpieces, 100 games): 3 large active and itinerating exhibitions, with great masterpieces, games and paths to bring children and teens closer to the works of the 18th -20th Century great painters: the exhibitions were “experienced” by over 100,000 kids and about 20,000 teachers and adults.
Always in the year 2000 the group planned and developed a plurithematic series of scenographies and ludic structures (serie pluritematica di scenografie e strutture ludiche) for the educational division of the Bernareggi Museum in Bergamo and in 2005 another series on the paintings of the municipal art gallery in Cesena.
In 2003 Claudio Cavalli produced the show Racconti della Genesi (Genesis tales), story and set-up.
Since 2004 Lara has been responsible for the management of laboratories connected to the exhibitions, the art gallery, “100 capolavori, 100 giochi”, the projects with the municipality of Cesena and she has also been taking care of the organization.
As from 2006, for the municipality of Cesena, the group has organized and managed l’occhio sorpreso, (third edition in 2009): a journey through the themes and poetics of contemporary art with artists who create their works at school and then coordinate art works with children at kindergarten up to teens at high schools.
Since the early ‘80s the group has been carrying out training and laboratory activities for teachers, professionals, animators.
Clac Group – Exhibitions
Exhibitions with active paths and laboratories, staged for long periods in museums and exhibition palaces.
At Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (MI), at the Museo di arte moderna (Museum of modern art) in Lissone, at Museo Bernareggi in Bergamo, at the Ambrosetti Foundation in Palazzolo sull’Oglio (BG), at Museo degli affreschi at the Frugarolo Castle in Alessandria, at Museo Pellizza in Volpedo (AL), at Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza, at Foro Boario in Modena, at St. Paul’s Church in Modena, at Museo Ricci Oddi in Piacenza, at Palazzo di Stella o dell’Assassino in Ferrara, at the Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea (Museum of modern and contemporary art) in Copparo (FE), at Loggetta Lombardesca in Ravenna, at Pinacoteca Comunale (municipal art gallery) in Cesena, at the Holy Spirit Church in Cesena, at Museo d’arte moderna (Museum of modern art) in Udine, at Museo Revoltella in Trieste, at Villa Manin of the Friuli Region, at Villa Galvani in Pordenone, at Museo internazionale della ceramica di Faenza (the international museum of Faenza ceramics) (RA), at Museo delle Cappuccine in Bagnacavallo (RA), at Museo Barbella in Chieti.
Moreover, in the following municipalities: in Florence at festival della creatività, in Scandicci at centro onnicomprensivo, in Melfi (PZ), in Brignano (BG) at Castello Sforzesco, in Villasanta (MI), in Monza, at Arteingioco in Arcore (MI), in Villadossola (VB) at the municipal theatre, in Villa Giulia di Verbania, in Omegna at the Gianni Rodari centre, in Cesenatico (FC) at Teatro Comunale (Municipal theatre), in Bari at Museo del Giocattolo.
at the Irg Centre in Lugano, at Musée en herbe in Bellinzona, at Museu Maritim in Barcelona, at La Caixa Foundation in Granoillers (Catalunia).
We founded Artexplora Cultural Association that will manage the Thematic Park.