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Lorenzo Baglioni – Made in Chianti

Act 1: from Greve to Florence

The itinerary proposed by Lorenzo Baglioni is an itinerary of the heart winding through physical spaces, but also and perhaps mainly, through time: a path studded with small gems, more or less known, each representing a landmark in the history of this multi-faceted personality.

Starting point: Greve in Chianti, his childhood home and the place of his early education, with its “folklore”, its colors and above all, its flavors.

The first stop is connected to food: we visit the Macelleria Falorni (Falorni butcher shop), an integral part of the landscape of the main piazza of Greve and of the habits of its inhabitants: one of the fundamental elements of that “grevigianità” (being from Greve) so many times quoted by Baglioni.

It is a butcher shop, a wine cellar, a place for events, where the locals go, but very well known also to the many tourists visiting Greve in Chianti. A meeting place, a place of cultural exchange, a place for good food and good wine, but also a “lieux de mémoire” for Baglioni as a child and as a young adult.

The second stop is at Impruneta, on the way to Florence, and it is by an important artisanal institution: the Terrecotte Poggi Ugo, one of the historic furnaces in Impruneta, a point of reference in the production of the top of the range famous terracotta artifacts. The manufacturing is all made by hand using traditional techniques. The products created offer a wide variety, ranging from traditional shapes and objects to innovative experimentations realized in cooperation with artists, designers and architects.

Why the “cotto”? Because it is one of the fundamental sectors of the artistic handicraft of Tuscany, because the historic furnaces and the artistic terracottas are the emblem of Impruneta and its territory, because  Lorenzo Baglioni, starting in middle school, was training with the terracotta in the workshop, an element that has become an integral part of his “culture of doing” and of his strong local roots.

Third stop is the Florence of Baglioni when studying mathematics at the University, right after moving to the capital of Tuscany and once again a place connected to food: the Antico Beccaria, in Piazza Beccaria, a pub with kitchen that has become a Florentine institution. For Baglioni it is the place where to eat excellent made to order sandwiches, created using local products, offering a great variety and that can be customized. It is also a meeting place, for a stop in the evening, almost a “second home” for the student who did not feel like cooking, and dining, alone.

The next stop is the first one of the Lorenzo Baglioni as an artist: Magma Magnoprog Music and Arts, artistic production center, a place of creativity and learning of the main performing disciplines, from dance to acting, from music to singing. It was in a musical produced by Magma that the young Lorenzo made his debut, almost by chance. This is why the artist remains so strongly connected to this institution that exudes a great positive energy, buzzing with the artistic activities of many people, different in their age, sex, profession and that represents an important meeting place for the city.A true magma where the different performing disciplines find a form of fusion that enriches them, thus creating the premise for new and successful shows.

To the studio Magma is connected another pivotal institution in Lorenzo Baglioni’s journey: Tuttascena – Ideas for set design. It is a workshop  formed by the graduates of the “Accademia di Belle Arti” in Florence that creates stage set designs: here that magic world that creates the framework of the theater performance is brought to life, that special magic that allows the spectators to immerse themselves in the reality of the play and to forget that they are attending a show. Tuttascena is a traveling laboratory of ideas housed in the Teatro Moderno in Tavarnuzze at Impruneta.

The last stop of this first itinerary is the workshop Interno 9 di Felice Botta, artisan and multifaceted artist who creates sculptures with recovered and recycled materials and that makes objects with recycled  and recovered paper or with papers printed by hand with the technique of the star hand press. It is exactly this Felice Botta’s production that meets the passion of Lorenzo Baglioni for stationery paper objects, a passion he has had since childhood. And Botta’s poetic universe of decorations and games marries his artistic research and his interest for everything that is an artistic fusion.