<FONDAZIONE LA RAIA

Art Culture Territory

On June the 22nd 2013 the Fondazione La Raia – arte cultura territorio was born, wanted by Giorgio Rossi Cairo and managed by his wife Irene Crocco, art dealer, and managed since January 2017 by Ilaria Bonacossa. The foundation aims at promoting, on a national scale, critical reflections on the landscape, through contributions from various fields of study.

Artists, philosophers, landscapers, photographers and architects are invited to live and experience the landscape’s different elements, through contributions and artworks that create opportunities of new acknowledgements and identities. The first event of the foundation was the project entitled Nel Paesaggio (Within the Landscape), conceived by Irene Crocco and curated by Matilde Marzotto Caotorta, with the support of Novi Ligure’s Town Council.

Remo Salvadori was invited to look at the territory with his artistic gaze, from which three permanent works originated: Nel momento, a vertical installation of 16 elements made of tin, placed on the southern facade of the house; Continuo infinito presente, a never‐ending ring of steel cables, realized in the presence of the guests on the day of the opening and placed on the northern side of the house Sabato piantare il cipresso…, the fourth garden created by Salvadori, made of marble, water and natural essences, placed along the main pathway leading across the estate.

In September 2014, during a night of new moon OUSSSER was inaugurated, one more permanent artwork realized by the Korean artist Koo Jeong A. at Borgo Merlassino, within the property. Another important step on the long path that has as its goal the knowledge of the landscape in all its complexity, due to the ability of artists to open new visions and questions.

Afterwards the foundation worked with German artist Michael Beutler, supporting his artistic installation for the Biennale di Venezia 2017 and placing in the property his work Bales 2014/2017, two colorful plastic bales that can be easily seen by those who travel on the Gavi road near Locanda La Raia.

La Raia is still domicile for meetings devoted to the theme of landscape, contributing to the creation of a new perception of the land we live and in which we act.

R. Salvadori, Il Sabato piantare il cipresso…

OUR PROJECTS

  • Steiner School
  • portaNatura
  • Borgo Merlassino
  • Locanda La Raia
  • Fondazione La Raia
  • Tenuta Cucco
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The seed of the pedagogic project

I moved to La Raia in 2003 and, while my husband Tom was converting the land to the biodynamic approach, I started the first initiatives for children which brought to the birth of Intorno al melo, no profit association promoting Steiner pedagogy…

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Nature at your doorstep

portaNatura is an enterprise strongly desired and directly experienced by me and my wife Caterina. We transformed our beliefs, studies and passions in a family enterprise, which involves other families as well: those of farmers and breeders, of the suppliers working with them, and of those who choose to buy their products…

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Wake up at La Raia!

Within the biodynamic estate La Raia there are several farmsteads which date back to the XIX century: homes, barns, wide arcades and old tanks witness an authentic agricultural world which we have fully recovered with our project of biodynamic farming.

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The green mansion in the Gavi hills

Once a place where wayfarers could rest and get some food, Locanda offers a new idea of hospitality made of simplicity and relaxed pace, with discreet and dedicated service, all in a sophisticated space marked by the interaction with the beauty of the surrounding nature.

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Tenuta Cucco

Tenuta Cucco in Serralunga d’Alba, at the roots of the renowned XIV century castle that dominates the whole Langhe albesi area. The name recalls its altitude, “cucco” in local dialect, the summit of the hill in which Vigna Cucco, the most ancient vineyard, is located.

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Art Culture Territory

On June the 22nd 2013 the Fondazione La Raia – arte cultura territorio was born, wanted by Giorgio Rossi Cairo and managed by his wife Irene Crocco, art dealer. The foundation aims at promoting, on a national scale, critical reflections on the landscape, through contributions from various fields of study.