The Archives of the Foundation

The archives of the foundation ‘Tito Balestra Onlus’ preserves all the documents related to Tito and Anna Balestra, records of the activities and didactic workshops made by the foundation and the documentation of the CIDDO (Italian Center for the Operational Didactics) as well.
The archives contain and preserve roughly 20.000 documents, dated from 1920 on.

For several years, the foundation has started a rearrangement plan intended to enhance, retrieve and preserve all these important materials, but, most importantly, to be accessible to the general public.

 

The archives of the ‘Tito Balestra Onlus’ Foundation contain the following assets:

 

‘Tito e Anna Balestra’ Asset
Containing mementos from the 1940 until end of the nineties.

 

This asset is composed by:

  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Manuscripts
  • Editorial drafts
  • Notes
  • Drawings
  • Audios and Videos
  • Photographs
  • Miscellaneous

 

‘Tano Citeroni’ Asset

Tano Citeroni (Rome 1939-2003), photographer and writer, has published some novels which got recognised with national awards; he is the author of some photography books as well, which have been published in Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the USA.
His photographs can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

 

This asset is composed by:

  • Mails
  • Manuscripts
  • Editorial drafts
  • Notes
  • Drawings
  • Audios and videos
  • Photographs
  • Miscellaneous

 

‘Silvio Ceccato and Pino Parini’ Asset

Silvio Ceccato (Montecchio Maggiore, 1914 – Milan, 2nd December 1997) was a philosopher and a linguist; he wrote several essays, especially about cybernetics. He was one of the first people in Italy to be interested in the automated translation of books and the founder of the Italian Operative School of Cybernetics.
Ceccato studied the mind processes, the process it carries out to establish meanings, to memorize and express them and proposed a model of how it could possibly work.
He published 21 books and roughly a hundred essays about this topic.

 

This asset is composed by:

  • over a hundred hours of recodings (unpublished) of Silvio Ceccato’s meetings with the members of the italian operative school (which have been rip on cd-roms and mp3s).

 

‘Lino and Francesca Giacomelli Gentili’ Asset

Lino Gentili (Bologna, 1925 – 1997) was not only an art teacher, but also an artist.
He started teaching in the region of Trentino and in 1967 he moved to San Lazzaro, where he settled in until 1990, year of his retirement.
After being part of several exhibitions and teaching fairs, he qualified as one of the best academics of literature and intepretation of the visual arts: together with his wife Francesca Giacomelli Gentili (Ferrara 1926 – Bologna 2000), they offered an innovative contribution to the Artistic Education throughout studies, researches and collaborations; this is shown on their essays and documentation of their scholar experiences (like publications, scholar scheduling, classes of their recurrents and updates).

 

This asset is composed by:

  • Studies
  • Manuscripts
  • Editorial Drafts
  • Notes
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Miscellaneous

 

Tito Balestra Onlus Foundation Archives (1982-2009)

 

  • Mails
  • Audio and Video recordings
  • Photographs
  • Documentation of the studies of the Avant-Garde Didactics Laboratories