Residency for artists in Tuscany

The Pieve di San Cresci is the oldest in the Chianti area; it began to be mentioned in 948. Named for the saint and martyr Acrisius , popularly called Cresci, the parish church is part of a complex consisting of the priest's house, the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, the sacristy, and a farm house. The simple structure of the church consists of a central room ending with a presbytery consisting of four columns and six semi-columns that support a cupola formed of a vaulting cell.
The restorations made in 1994 , which were carried out by the Diocesi di Fiesole with the advisory service of the Ministry of the Architectural Heritage and the general coordination of Professor Duccio Trassinelli, lasted until 1997. Restoration of the inside of the parish church enabled the discovery, underneath the 1854 plastering that had concealed them, twelve figures of saints arranged along the side walls and those of the presbytery. In 2003 the cellars pertinent to the priest's house were restored, and these produced several of the characteristic elements of the thousand-year-old rural tradition. Within this fascinating space, the "La Macina di San Cresci" association - promoted by Duccio Trassinelli and Demetria Verduci - organizes cultural events and is a Residence for Artists.

In the 70's, Guy Debord and Gianfranco Sanguinetti have lived at San Cresci.
Guy Debord's best known works are his theoretical books, Society of the Spectacle and Comments on the Society of the Spectacle .
On January 29, 2009, 15 years after his death, Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture, classified the archive of his works as a "national treasure" .
The Ministry declared that "he has been one of the most important contemporary thinkers, with a capital place in history of ideas from the second half of the 20th century.”

You can see San Cresci in Debord's film “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni”

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has recently acquired the papers of Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a key figure in the Situationist International avant-garde protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
The archive features more than 650 letters between Sanguinetti and Guy Debord, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker who founded the Situationist International [SI], a group of intellectuals and artists that blended Marxist theory and 20th century avant-garde art into a comprehensive critique of capitalist society. The majority of these letters have never been published.
Copyright, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University


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