The Petroio Terracotta Museum

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Museo della Terracotta
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Museo della Terracotta

The Petroio Terracotta Museum is part of the Siena Museum System and is part of the Ethnographic Museum section.
These structures arise from a dual need: on the one hand to preserve and re-propose some fundamental moments of the culture of the territory, and on the other to coordinate the request for the collection of material-related collections present in certain specific areas. Historically, these collections express a great passion and sensitivity to the history of the territory and as such are an important asset for the community.
The project of the Ethnographic Museum System aims, in agreement with the Municipalities, to provide a scientific collection of collections and to set up a coordinated provincial museum plan that avoids a repetitive series of museums from very similar topics and also allows some services (laboratory Didactics, deposits, archives, etc.) are centralized in order to have the highest skills and efficiency.
The Petroio Terracotta Museum is a significant example. Its halls not only collect ancient finds of terracotta products and documentation of traditional processing methods, but are linked to the present by showing both the characteristics of the technical change and the new products. In fact, alongside the general project of preserving and transmitting to the new generations material and symbolic elements of the traditional half-dragon culture, a bridge between past and present is built between traditional forms and innovative forms. The conservatism of some forms, such as the once used baskets for laundry, and now just for lemon trees, dialogue with the innovation of modern disign.
Inside the Museum a special space was cut out for temporary exhibitions with the function of widening the treatment on terracotta, emphasizing the plasticity of matter and showing its potential in the field of artistic expression. 

 
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 The museum returns to the territory as a large container not only of ancient unmovable terracotta like some "madonnini" or the gloomy features of some houses, but also of modernity. A special agreement with the concavers of the area will allow you to visit the modern clay processing plants as well.
Tradition and innovation will be the terms of a dialogue that will combine different exhibition moments, so the museum will not only be a dusty container but a place tended to combine past and present with different cultural and economic aspects. .