Opening of the exhibition “Hortus Lizori”


Franco Zagari’s exhibition “The Little Music of a Landscape.”

free entrance, open every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

for info: info@borgolizori.com


Both exhibitions which have just opened at Palazzo Trinci in Borgo Lizori, Pissignano alto, will be open for visitors until March 23, 2023.

The two exhibitions are: the Exhibit “Hortus Lizori” which shows about thirty panels gathering the challenge accepted by young PhD students through their projects for landscape revitalization of the hamlet, and the exhibition ” The Little Music of a Landscape” by the architect and landscape architect Franco Zagari.

In the context of Borgo Lizori – Castello di Pissignano alto – a partnership was launched with professors from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, putting forward a cultural project, the workshop “Hortus Lizori,” aimed at the representation of the landscape for the valorization of historical and cultural heritage. 
In July 2022, 24 Ph.D. students in the disciplines of representation, design and landscape, coming from different Italian universities from Reggio Calabria to Trento, participated in the four-day workshop. It started with seminars focusing on the relationship between representation and design and the relationship between the built environment and nature, topics also favoured by the setting of the exceptional Umbrian village of Lizori. Led by university professors and designers, the opportunity for an exchange of practices focused on project design, the regeneration of the historical settlements, and the value of the landscape, with the aim of promoting reflection on design, exploring and interpreting the codes of a language, the poetic values of living in a place that the venue has to offer.

A first exhibit, “Hortus Lizori,” resulted from the project, which opened at Palazzo Trinci in the charming Lizori last Oct. 27 and will remain open until March 2023, visitable every Sunday (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.).
The exhibit was inaugurated with a conference illustrating the activities carried out and explained the ideas of the groups of young designers. About fifty students from the graduate course in Building Engineering/Architecture at the University of Perugia attended the event. The installation of the inaugurated exhibition features about thirty panels, the authors of which took up the challenge of designing a landscape project of the hamlet that has already been displaying its great qualities. The young designers, with different approaches, working in several parts of the hamlet, tried to reshape the settlements through an analysis of its qualities and criticalities, its potential and necessary conservation actions. With the necessary interdisciplinary approach, the proposals allow to look beyond what is visible, to imagine how to portray and transform sites through proposals that are free from the condemning weight of an eternal present and from the predominance of an economic logic, while focusing on the value of ideas and on the quality of projects. So, it is an opportunity for discussion and critique of a cultural proposal, stemming from the desire to create a to lead the kind of debate that stands at the core of any architectural reflection and landscape valorisation.

Further, in parallel to the Exhibit Hortus Lizori, on the upper floor of the same building there is the exhibition dedicated to Franco Zagari. An architect, a landscape architect among the most important ones in the world. The exhibition he supervised bears the title “The Little Music of a Landscape,” an installation with five videos telling the many design adventures he has faced in more than 50 years of activity.  Franco Zagari himself invites to the exhibition with the following words, “Look, I would like to talk to you about the landscape project, while being convinced that a great work must be done in a very short time span, in order to implement it in our country with its thousand different facets, fully exploiting its potential, which is not only a cultural one but also, relevantly, a social and economic one, and therefore a political one […]”

The Workshop and the Exhibit “Hortus Lizori” were promoted by the University of Perugia-Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Antonio Meneghetti Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation, Lablandscape and sponsored by the Order of Architects Perugia, Order of Engineers Perugia, UID Italian Union for Design, Province of Perugia, Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.