Time Travel

By Boschi Di Stefano House Museum

In 1982 Gabriele Basilico made a photoshoot of Casa
Boschi Di Stefano on request of Alessandro Mendini, grandson of Marieda Di
Stefano. These photos constitute today an important document of the state in which
the house was when still inhabited by the spouses. Take a look around.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Entrance (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 1 – Entrance

In this photo we see the entrance of the house with Marieda's sculpture "La Collana" ("The Necklace", 1966) between the twin doors that lead respectively to the living room and Antonio Boschi's study.
Above the doors one "Concetto spaziale" ("Spatial Concept", 1956) by Lucio Fontana. Since then a lot has changed, but "La Collana" still welcomes our visitors today in the same place.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Entrance (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 1 – Entrance

In this 1982 photo of the entrance we see the wooden bench still present today. Hanging on the wall the 1956 "Golgotha" by Lucio Fontana, now exhibited in Milan at the Museo del Novecento.
Lucio Fontana was a close friend of Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano. Today we find in the House Museum a room entirely dedicated to him, displaying a large selection of masterpieces.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Entrance (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 1 – Entrance

The entrance to the house with Marieda's sculpture "Il Passo" ("The step", 1966) right in front of the corridor door.
On the wall there are other works and "cuts" by Lucio Fontana, including the 1958-60 "Concetto spaziale. Attese" (Spatial Concept. Waitings"), which is now located in the monographic room dedicated to the great spatialist.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Antechamber (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 2 – Antechamber

The corridor of Casa Boschi Di Stefano taken from the bottom towards the entrance. On the wooden cabinet the sculpture by Arturo Martini "La vittoria" ("The Victory", 1934) which is now on display in Sironi's room.
The showcase and the door that act as a backdrop on the right have been removed during conversion works as museum space. This antechamber is now dedicated to works created before the "Novecento Italiano" movement.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Antechamber (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 2 – Antechamber

The corridor framed from the bottom towards the entrance. On the cabinet near the "Vittoria" is a set of dishes created by Marieda, shaped as fishes, now on display in the showcase of the Chiaristi corridor.
On the right is also visible the original armchair now in the living room, used by the Mendini brothers as a model to draw the sofa and armchairs that we see in front of the bow window.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Studiolo (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 5 – Small Studio

A small study of Casa Boschi Di Stefano, which corresponds to the current Sala Sironi.
In the center of the wall "Songavazzo" (1926) by Arturo Tosi; top left "Il bel cadavere" ("The Beautiful Corpse", 1919-20) by Achille Funi, now in the Museo del Novecento. In the lower right corner "Case e monti" ("Houses and Mountains", 1928) by Carlo Carrà.
On the cupboard, some sculptures by Arturo Martini and Lucio Fontana.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Studiolo (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 5 – Small Studio

Another shot of the same study. Top right, hanging on the wall, "Le amiche" ("The Friends", 1918) by Piero Marussig, which is now in the antechamber. Lower right the iconic "L'Annunciazione" ("The Annunciation", 1922), by Alberto Savinio, now visible in the living room and symbol of the House Museum.
The sculpture on a white basement is a ceramic work by Marieda Di Stefano, "L'ippodrago" ("The Dragon-Horse", 1951-52).

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Dining Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 6 – Dining Room

The dining room of Casa Boschi. On the wall, around the door, some works by Mario Sironi including "Il sogno" ("The Dream", 1931) and "Mondo arcaico" ("Archaic World", 1945-46).
On the left we also see the fragment of an ancient indian plastered head, now in the Novecento room.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Living Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 7 – Living Room

In the arc are hanging, among others, "Testa di vecchio" (Head of an Old Man", 1909) by Umberto Boccioni and "Peruginesca" (1921) by Giorgio de Chirico.
On the Bechstein piano, the wax sculpture "Testa" ("Head", 1938-39) by Giacomo Manzù.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Living Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 7 – Living Room

The wooden table in front of the sofa, designed by the architect Piero Portaluppi, is still preserved today in the Corrente room.

In these photos floors are almost completely covered by several layers of carpets and rugs. Paintings and sculptures are placed almost everywhere. No trace of the chronological succession that would have been followed in the design of the current museum itinerary.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Living Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 7 – Living Room

A different view of the living room.
The large canvas "La Scuola dei gladiatori: il combattimento" ("The School of the Gladiators: the COmbat", 1928) by Giorgio de Chirico dominates the room. It is still hanging on the same wall today.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Living Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 7 – Living Room

A monographic de Chirico wall. "La scuola dei gladiatori: il combattimento" ("The school of Gladiators: the Combat", 1928) in the center. On the top left "I facitori di trofei" (1926-28), on the lower right "Nudo sulla spiaggia" ("Nude on the Beach", c. 1931), both still in the living room of the House Museum.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Living Room (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 7 – Living Room

To the right of the mirror, three little paintings by Filippo de Pisis: "Fiori" ("Flowers", c. 1939), "Vasetto di fiori" ("Flower Pot, c. 1925) and "San Moisè" (c. 1945).
On the table a ceramic work by Marieda Di Stefano: "Gli uomini" ("The Men", 1957-58).

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Studio (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 9 – Studio of Antonio Boschi

The small room was once the studio of Antonio Boschi. Next to the window the sculpture "Prometeo" ("Prometheus", 1956) by Roberto Crippa.
The room occupies one of the two ends of the current room dedicated to Lucio Fontana. The wall on the right no longer exists.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Bedroom (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 9 - Bedroom

Lots of painting in the bedroom too. Top left near the curtains, "I comignoli" ("The Chimneys", c. 1941) by Bruno Cassinari; bottom left "Trieste" (1933) by Achille Funi.

Boschi Di Stefano Home: Bedroom (1982) by Gabriele BasilicoBoschi Di Stefano House Museum

Room 9 - Bedroom

On the top of the back wall there are three paintings by Renato Paresce, including "La casa dell'ondina" ("The house of the Wave", 1932).
To the left of the mirror a ceramic work by Lucio Fontana: "Deposizione" ("Deposition", 1955-56).

This is the end of our time travel.
We hope you enjoyed it.

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