THE INSTITUTE – GENERAL INFORMATION
The Academy of L’Aquila is one of the “youngest” academies in Italy; founded in 1969 it immediately gained a reputation for its interest in contemporary art and drama. In fact, thanks to the staff’s vocation in this particular area the Academy formally took up this interest through its academic programme and work, bringing it to national and international attention as the presence and collaboration of Jurij P. Ljubimov, Carlo Crivelli, Jannis Kounellis and the Nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka testify. Its academic activities have always been accompanied by an intensive series of shows and practical work with professionals of national importance. Thanks to the Academy’s theatre designed as a multi-functional and adaptable environment capable of holding 300 people, the Academy has been able to host performances by the Odin Teatret, the Teatro de los Andes, and the Ensemble Officina Musicale Italiana amongst others. Situated in a modern building designed by the architect Paolo Portoghesi and often cited as an example of contemporary architecture, the Academy is on the west side of the city approximately 300 metres from the exit of the motorway for Rome.
More detailed and up-to-date information concerning the academic calendar, the teaching programmes for single courses as well as the programmes for foundation courses and other subjects can be accessed through the Academy’s main page.
The Academy offers undergraduate and diploma courses in Painting, Sculpture, Decoration (historical and artistic heritage) Scenography (Performing and Exhibiting Arts) Graphic Arts and Design, Restoration)
Besides the traditional teaching laboratories for painting, decoration, drama, sculpture, inscription and restoration the Academy is also increasing the number of new multimedia laboratories for its varying diploma courses. It also offers a theatre that provides a multi-functional space particularly suitable for drama activities.
The Academy of Fine Arts’ Library is currently undergoing expansion. However students can consult and borrow material from the University of L’Aquila’s library which has sections dedicated to most fields of interest (visitors are required to leave some means of formal identification if they wish to borrow material) The University’s library for the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, in Palazzo Camponeschi, Piazza S. Margherita 2 is open from 8.30 to 19.30 from Monday to Friday and from 8.30 to 13.30 on Saturdays. There are also a number of public and private libraries among which the Provincial Library, the contents of which reflect the region’s rich cultural patrimony. The Provincial Library also holds fascinating material on the Russian theatre at the beginning of the 19th century endowed to the libarary by the actress and director Tatiana Pavlova (Piazza Palazzo 30, from Monday to Friday 8.30-19.30 and Saturday 8.30 to 13.30. Visitors are required to leave some form of formal identification if they wish to borrow material).