National Academy of Dance in Rome

A Press Conference will be held at the National Academy of Dance in Rome on Monday 10 December to present the restoration project for Corrado Cagli’s mural “The Race of the Berber Horses”, in the presence of Ester Coen and Maria Enrica Palmieri, President and Director of the National Academy of Dance (AND); Francesco Scoppola, Director General for Education and Research at MiBAC; and Luigi Ficacci, Director of the Higher Institute of Conservation and Restoration (ISCR) and with the participation of Stefano Pighini, Vice President di LoveItaly.

The restoration project markes the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the National Academy of Dance. It will be carried out thanks to the partnership between AND and ISCR, with the generous support of the Ruth Stanton Foundation of New York, the collaboration of LoveItaly and the participation of the Corrado Cagli Archive.

The mural, depicting the famous race of riderless horses along the Via del Corso during the Roman Carnivals of the past, was painted by Cagli in 1935 for the library of the building then known as Castello dei Cesari. This was later restructured by the Rationalist architect Gaetano Minnucci for the Casa della Gioventù Italiana (Fascist Youth) as part of the regime’s development project. The mural survived the destruction ordered by the regime and was uncovered after the war.