Stanze al Genio, geometry and creativity
Stanze al Genio, in Palermo, is a perfect contrast to Voltaire’s definition of geometry as “the most absurd” of all sciences, the one which “is most calculated to stifle genius of every kind”.
The maiolicas that face the walls of this museum, in a private house inside the historic Palazzo Torre Piraino, in the quarter of Kalsa, are a colorful triumph of segments and semicircles, polygons and infinite geometric patterns, systematically inscribed in square or rectangular frames. They are an exceptional testimony to the creative energy of the craftsmen of Campania and Sicily between the 16th and the 20th century, whose talent shines through the steady measurements and methodical correspondences of over 2,300 decorated ceramics on exhibit.
Inaugurated in 2008, the Casa Museo Stanze al Genio – with its original floors and frescoes, dating back to the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th – is also home to small collections of stationary items (ink bottles from the 1950s, nib cases and antique glass inkwells), as well as modern and contemporary ceramic art.
A treasure chest of craftsmanship from the past five centuries.