Discover an eclectic collection rich in extraordinary works, open to all arts.
The Luigi Carlon Collection, set up in the halls of Palazzo Maffei, is rich in extraordinary works from antiquity to the present day, in dialogue with rare artistic artifacts, precious objects of Applied Art, from the East and the nearest European countries.
Started over fifty years ago, the Collection Carlon in the Palazzo Maffei, is an eclectic collection grown without chronological limits dedicated to paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, miniatures, old books, but also pottery, bronzes, ivories, objects of daily life such as furniture and decorative objects, from antiquity to the present day. The richness and quality of the Carlon collection are entrusted to the names of the most important protagonists of the historical avant-garde, with Italian artists and foreign.
Palazzo Maffei has in its mission the development of research in the field of art and applied technologies. Facilitating and supporting the training of young people and students and promoting research, publications, seminars or surveys by scholars and experts are essential objectives in the life of this cultural centre. Strategic and prestigious, in this sense, is the agreement signed with the Department of Culture and Civilization of the University of Verona with which important projects will be started. A small but well-equipped library is opened, upon booking, for research purposes.
For those who love art and collect it, the protection and conservation of the works of art, furniture and architectural assets, is a priority. A careful restoration and a conservative intervention of some important pieces of the collection was completed before the official opening to the public. In addition to the constant monitoring of the collection, Palazzo Maffei House Museum will be working closely with restoration institutions and schools in order to start projects of apprenticeships, internships and training activities, all in close collaboration with the Special Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza.
Works of art from the Luigi Carlon Collection have been featured in important exhibitions, in Italy and abroad. For Palazzo Maffei any work of art is considered a cultural heritage of the world and the knowledge of historical-artistic movements and the artists behind them should be available to all. For this reason, Palazzo Maffei believes it is in its duty to loan works of art for scientifically relevant projects and in suitable locations. Works of the collection have been futured in "Alberto Burri, The Trauma of Painting" exhibition at Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York (2015/2016), in “de Pisis” exhibition at Museo del Novecento in Milan (2019/2020) and in “de Chirico” exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan (2019/2020).
Palazzo Maffei House Museum has as its goal to become a lively, dynamic place, an active and proactive institution in the cultural life of the city of Verona. In this sense, the commitment will be to network and actively collaborate with the other cultural institutions of the city, trying to give added value and new potential to the city of Verona and the Veneto region as well as with national and international museums and foundations.