16 Jul 2023 -
Collaboration with the Paganini Rooms of the Municipality of Genoa
In 2017, the inaugural event of the first Paganini Genoa Festival was the opening of the Paganini Rooms of Palazzo Tursi, where the ‘Cannone’ has been kept ever since the 20th century. The Cannone is the Guarneri del Gesù created in 1743, left by Paganini in his will ‘to my city of birth, where it shall be kept perpetually’. Next to the Cannone, the violin that Jean Baptiste Villaume has created in Paris in 1934 and donated to Paganini, who gave it to Camillo Sivori just before dying, is on display.
Through the collection of materials consisting of documents and objects, thanks also to the generous contribution of private collectors, the initial content of the room where the Cannone is kept has been enriched: in a second room three guitars of the Paganini collection are on display: two Gennaro Fabricatore (Naples 1726) and an Ory-Koelliker (Paris 1797). A third room contains other historical objects, autograph letters and portaits of Paganini: here is the famous original painting that George Pattern made in London in 1832, considered by Paganini the most resembling reproduction, among the many created, of his figure.
In 2021 the Paganini Rooms have been enriched with a multimedia platform which was realized with the collaboration of the Friends of Paganini, and presents, in Italian and in English, information, images and recordins about the greatest violinist of all times. The contribution was given by Maria Rosa Moretti, Alberto Giordano, Clarissa Biscardi and Michele Trenti.