A farsighted contemporary art project, Officina Malanotte reactivates a former industrial space of the bucolic and industrious Bonotto Delle Tezze estate, a winery in the Treviso area

Contemporary art project but also for the reactivation and reintegration of a former industrial space now abandoned, Officina Malanott is a residency for artists which came to life on 23 May, ending with the closing of the exhibition of the final results on 10 July, in the Treviso area.


The territory, the roots and the vineyards

Strongly linked to the rural territory in which it grafted its roots, which from conceptual become physical, the initiative finds its home in a former mechanical workshop, owned by the winery Bonotto Delle Tezze, located in the area of Tezze di Piave, a small town in the province of Treviso nestled in the plain of the Piave, surrounded by wineries and luxuriant vineyards.

Industrial charm as a creative stimulus

The initiative, curated by Daniele Capra, involves Thomas Braida , Beatrice Meoni , Nazzarena Poli Maramotti, Chris Rocchegiani and Alessandro Roma. Between May and June, five artists spent three weeks (re) giving life to environments with a raw industrial charm and steeped in history, transforming them into their own studio. An open studio, open to all.

Shows it as an open studio

The final exhibition, set up in the former warehouse, collects the fruit of the research carried out in the weeks of work, but also of meetings and exchanges. The spaces of the residence and the cellar, in fact, have always been open to visitors by appointment.

The workshop, the village, industrial and rural history and wine

The name Officina Malanotte blends the industrial history of the building and the toponym of Borgo Malanotte, an evocative nucleus of the town of Tezze di Piave where traces of rural history are still alive today of the last centuries. The Malanotte del Piave Docg , one of the most significant red wines produced in the area, also originates from this locality.

The culture of work intertwines the most daring experimentation

Officina Malanotte was created to combine the logic of the territory, the culture of work, tradition and history with the most daring experimentation, that of contemporary artistic language. With this vision, the project involved five of the most significant artists of the Italian art scene, giving them the opportunity to freely conduct their research in space and, together, to reactivate a place abandoned, helping to reinsert it in contemporary life.

Stimulus of regeneration and cultural restitution

Officina Malanotte makes art and its reading skills a stimulus for regeneration. For Bonotto Delle Tezze it is at the same time a form of cultural restitution to the place where the winery had the opportunity to grow. For this place, in fact, the estate has developed the desire to write a new page , assigning it to cultural activities, without however distorting it from its intrinsic roughness.

The former workshop as an atelier

For a period of three weeks Thomas Braida, Beatrice Meoni, Nazzarena Poli Maramotti, Chris Rocchegiani and Alessandro Roma resided in Tezze di Piave, making the former workshop their own atelier. The artists were free to conduct their own research being able to compare with the space and its history, with the landscape and natural context of the small town Treviso and, more generally, with all the most significant realities of the geographical area.

Visits and comparisons

There was no lack of studio visits made for professionals in the sector - curators, gallery owners, collectors and fellow artists - but also in comparison with some of the cultural realities, the world of wine and work active in the area , which took shape through targeted appointments, tastings and unpublished artperitivo.

A space that tells stories of fatigue

An essential warehouse built in the period of the economic miracle, the Officina Malanotte space is still inhabited by many finds from the industrial era scattered throughout the space. The building, a former mechanical workshop for tractors and agricultural equipment, was for twenty years a relict of the civilization of machinery and work in the post-industrial Veneto region. What remains of an ancient world, a space that tells stories of fatigue, expectations and imaginary now distant.

A shed that transmits a creative and questioning impulse

But it's not just a place that prompts you to look back. The shed still transmits the desire to do, the impetus to project oneself beyond the shallows of the present. In search of a meaning and of reasons that still escape, but about which we must not stop wondering.

The artists' stations set up to give the experience back to the outside

The exhibition has deliberately remained in an open studio formula, with the artists' stations set up, the colors they used, the objects they “stole” from the offices and from the workshop - from furnishings to gaskets, hanging pictures, tractor catalogs and invoices from the 70s - for inspiration.
Over the last few days of residency, both the curator and the artists realized that this would be the best way to give the experience back to the outside.