The Grock Villa and the Clown Museum
Villa Grock, a.okay.a. the “Villa Bianca”, in Imperia, Liguria, is a monument and a singular web site. Grock labored with Armando Brignole to design it. The attribute word of this stylistic building was Brignole’s imaginative, private and wealthy “Liberty style”, superb for the extravagant mansion of an eccentric clown. Grock performed a elementary position all through the whole home challenge historical past. The villa and the park needed to the recompose the proprietor’s spirituality, his means of understanding and dwelling life. Their design and ornament give an nearly alienating sensation to the customer due to their baroque redundancy. As a most rationality, mixed with fixed references to symbolic particulars and to the newest applied sciences, the results of this concerted work was a construction capable of astonish, shock and be a stage for the consultant features for which it was designed: the rooms had been superb for Grock’s circus ring, for inviting pals to events and conferences, and for the creation of his exhibits, gags and music. It may be mentioned with out the worry of contradiction that the Grock Villa actually is the house of the Clowns’ King, in its literal sense and with none irony. Symbolic parts referring to an nearly steady thriller set off may be discovered all through the villa’s structure: Grock’s self-initiation journey by means of the lights of his thriller and metaphorical beliefs. The villa’s whole image system in reality reveals Grock’s character splitting: he can, on the one hand, be directed in direction of the lite and carefree actuality (truly profound and delicate) that defines the clown’s humoristic determine, and, then again, in direction of the world’s darkest and most annoying life mysteries.
The splendid and unique residence of the best clown in historical past, Grock, is reborn due to a singular cultural route, primarily based on new applied sciences. An thrilling, immersive and magical journey devoted to circus professionals and, specifically, to the Clown artwork has been imagined on this exemplary restored Villa.The route goes, with a delicate reference to elegant music, as a inventive journey by means of the clown’s frequent gestures and expressions, insolent jokes and corrosiveness. The visitor is immersed in a wonderful setting and mirrored in magical mirrors. He opens marvel closets the place historic completely satisfied merry ghosts seem out of nowhere. He’s in his personal “Alice in Wonderland”, that’s in an sudden place between laughter and nostalgia, between East and West, between tradition and proof of bodily prowess. The circus’ world, product of sounds, colours and smells that everybody has recognized a minimum of as soon as of their lifetime, has at all times given delivery to an intense fascination instantly capturing the creativeness. Writers and artists have at all times been delicate to the wanderers’ enchantment and impressed by these improbable unique influences to revive, nearly as in a dream, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and clowns who’ve continually captured the spectators’ creativeness. The circus’ microcosm’s sudden road look and ephemeral passage make it magical: it by some means at all times disappears in skinny air once more!