The Museum and its history

In 2007, the Gruppo Bisnent Association, whose name refers to the misfortunes of the Montello populations in the saddest and most difficult moments of their long history, came up with the idea of restoring Villa Pontello to its collective purpose. Bis-nent (which means 'those who own nothing') is an epithet that probably emerged during the French and Austrian occupation of Veneto, and later permeated the cultural and political debate on the so-called 'Montello issue' of the last decade of the 19th century.

Thanks to its history and location, Villa Pontello is not only a place for the collection and circulation of memories on the farming civilisation of that era, but also for guiding anyone wishing to discover a place of rare richness and beauty. Today it stores tangible remains, items, tools, voices and images which help recreate environments, contexts and lifestyles, and it also hosts travelling exhibitions and events.

Se vi leggete  il “Galateo in Bosco”, trovate gli stessi temi che dalle origini si dilatano sempre più nel tempo, cioè la contraddizione per cui vediamo la natura da una parte e la cultura dall’altra (galateo- cultura, bosco-natura). Questi due elementi dovrebbero ricomporsi in armonia, ma in realtà sono in continua frizione tra loro, in autodistruzione perenne o in equilibri  molto labili; eppure bisogna cercare di ricomporli con sforzi tremendi, anche se non siamo affatto sicuri di riuscirci.

Il Veneto che amiamo: Fernando Banfini., Luigi Meneghello, Mario Rigoni Stern e Andea Zanzotto: pag 47. Edizioni dell’asino 2009