THE MOUNTAIN AT THE Minoprio Foundation

8 photographic exhibitions

22 september - 12 november 2021

8 photographic exhibitions dedicated to some of the issues addressed during the international conference in Minoprio have been organized at the head quarters of the Minoprio Foundation.

The Mountain Genius Challenge

1990-2020: from the foundation of the Pyramid Laboratory to the birth of the Mountain Hub curated by Agostino da Polenza and Pietro Coerezza, EvK2Minoprio, Minoprio, Como

A long photographic tale that begins with the very first trips of Ardito Desio to discover the great Asian mountain ranges, passes through the construction of the Pyramid International Laboratory, and ends up to the present day with the birth of the Mountain Genius Hub, a project created to collect the know-how related to the research, management, and protection of mountain areas.

The deep desire that has guided men and researchers over these years has remained the same: living and taking care of mountain territories and their populations through research, management, and cooperation projects.

The exhibition will be installed from 22 September to 12 November in Minoprio, in the Villa Raimondi Park (headquarter of the Minoprio Foundation).

La buona Neve. Tribute to Rolly Marchi for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Games

curated by Agostino Da Polenza, EvK2Minoprio, Minoprio, Como

Rolly Marchi, an unforgettable name for people who love the mountains, the great narrator-animator of the mountains and mountain sports during the last century. “The good Snow” is the title of the magazine founded by Rolly Marchi.

The exhibition proposes 20 of the most significant covers of the magazine. A vivid, hilarious, and light fresco just like he was, a great animator and writer. A homage exhibition for a man linked to Milan and Cortina, and for a journalist who would tell with enthusiasm the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics, after having told the two previous Italian Winter Olympics (Cortina 1956 and Turin 2006).

2000 meters above human things. Alpine huts: history, typology, functions

by Luca Gibello, Cantieri d’Alta Quota – Minoprio, Como

An exhibition dedicated to the alpine huts, that retraces some fundamental stages in the history of the construction of huts and bivouacs. An exhibition rich in technical content, of great interest also for an audience of professionals.

12 prismatic totems with a triangular base for a total of 36 sheets offer a historical introduction, followed by 5 thematic sections (shelter, bivouac, comfort, technology, landscape), each illustrated through 5 emblematic realizations retrace, through a sequence of evocative period images and drawings, flanked by recent author’s color photos reproduced in large format.

High Altitude Cleaning

by Paolo Petrignani, Minoprio, Como

“Keep Karakorum Clean” is a campaign that has been carried out in the heart of the Karakorum for many years. Since 2005 dozens of tons of waste have been collected from the glaciers and the campsites at the foot of the highest peaks in Karakorum. The waste, collected by specifically trained Pakistani personnel, is transported to Askole where “Earth”, a waste disposal plant installed by the EvK2Cnr Committee in 2007, is located. The waste comes from the campsites built along the Karakorum trek that goes from Askole to Concordia, and from the base camps located along the Baltoro glacier: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, and Gondogoro La. It is composed of scraps left by mountaineering expeditions: oxygen cylinders, cans, tents, kitchen equipment, gas cans for stoves, backpack pieces, etc. In addition, human wastes are also collected thanks to toilets installed in recent years. During the expedition “K2-60 years later”, the cleaning of the K2 high campsites was also carried out, a challenge that required a great effort considering the technical and environmental difficulties.

“High Altitude Cleaning” illustrates this challenge through pictures of great impact and beauty, representing landscapes, working activities, and also the faces of the mountaineers and local operators involved.

The exhibition can be visited from 22 September to 12 November in Minoprio, inside the rooms of Villa Raimondi (headquarter of the Minoprio Foundation). The villa will be open to the public during the weekends.

Contemporary architectures in the Western Italian Alps

by Antonio De Rossi and Roberto Dini – Minoprio, Como
With the collaboration of Eleonora Gabbarini, Matteo Tempestini, and Federica Serra

“Contemporary architectures in the Western Italian Alps” presents a collection of works that refer to the mountains as a territory to inhabit, where architectural design plays a strategic role in translating complex collective issues, whose recurring themes are cultural regeneration of territories, green economy, heritage enhancement and reuse, sustainable tourism, re-articulation and diversification of tourism areas and activities. Approaches and practices that, thanks to cultural changes, are currently being consolidated and spread.

The exhibition can be visited from 22 September to 12 November in Minoprio, inside the greenhouses of the Villa Raimondi Park (headquarter of the Minoprio Foundation). The villa will be open to the public during the weekends.

12 prismatic totems with a triangular base for a total of 36 sheets offer a historical introduction, followed by 5 thematic sections (shelter, bivouac, comfort, technology, landscape), each illustrated through 5 emblematic realizations retrace, through a sequence of evocative period images and drawings, flanked by recent author’s color photos reproduced in large format.

High Altitude Energy

extract from the photographic exhibition of Cobat, Minoprio, Como

A photographic exhibition created at the end of the TOP RECYCLING MISSION project, the enterprise carried out by Cobat, in collaboration with the EvK2CNR Committee, to replace the exhausted batteries and photovoltaic panels of the Pyramid Observatory Laboratory.

The extract from this photographic exhibition can be visited in the conference room at the COP26 High Summit International Conference.

Redesigning the “Capanna Margherita”

curated by Graziano Salvalai, Polytechnic University of Milan – Minoprio, Como

An ideal continuation of the exhibition dedicated to the alpine huts, with a technical focus on the redesigning of the highest hut in Europe. The “Capanna Regina Margherita” hut is located on the Punta Gnifetti, at 4556 meters above sea level, in the Monte Rosa massif. This exhibition, of great technical-architectural interest, illustrates some of the possible scenarios concerning a complete renovation of the hut, which will also entail extreme difficulties due to the location of the building.

We are on the Top! The Summit of K2 and the Faces of a People

curated by Michele Cucchi and Agostino Da Polenza. The virtual photographic exhibition can be visited on mountaingenius.org

With the collaboration of Cristina Albetti, Giuseppe Albetti, Michele Bini, Giovanni Chiodi, Antonio Dipalo, Giulia Fuga, Anna Invernizzi, Greta Marconi, Gianni Mereghetti, Stefania Mondini, Massimo Piciotti, Pietro Piciotti, Andrea Pusterla, Elena Scandroglio, Piercarlo Sironi, Pietro Toffoletto, Lorenzo Tibollo, Martina Triacca. Video maker: Capodoglio Studio. Graphic image and dynamic virtual tour: Studio Melesi

It is July 31st, 1954: two Italians, Compagnoni and Lacedelli, conquer K2, “the roof of the world”. There were 30 mountaineers who made up that pioneering expedition, 10 high altitude porters and 5 researchers.

On 26 July 2014, 60 years after that extraordinary enterprise, an expedition made up of Italian and Pakistani climbers reaches again the K2 summit. The Italian climbers, Michele Cucchi and Simone Origone, led by Agostino Da Polenza, are at the service of the first Pakistani expedition with the task of honoring the memory of the epic enterprise of ‘54. The goal is also to symbolically push the Pakistani people to the conquest of the “wild mountain”, bringing the naturalistic and economic heart of the Karakorum Park to the attention of the world. From that conquest the Pakistani people renewed the link with their own tradition, rediscovered the love for nature, and found new development possibilities.

Through the narration of this enterprise, the exhibition aims at highlighting how the human race is always moved by an attraction towards the beauty that pushes it to face the hardships to find itself.

The exhibition can be visited only in digital version, and it unfolds through five environments that accompany the visitors towards the summit of K2, reproposing the stages that the mountaineers have climbed. Starting from the tent, the visitor will move through the base camps towards the summit, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Karakorum Park.

This exhibition was held on the occasion of the event “Meeting for Friendship among Peoples”, year 2020.

It is possible to virtually visit the exhibition from 22 September to 12 November on the mountaingenius.org website.

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