In the name of the “Cavallino Rampante” (Prancing Horse)

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On occasion of the Centenary commemorations of the Great War, the Museum of Aeronautics Gianni Caproni and the Museum “Francesco Baracca” (Lugo di Romagna - RA) with "Aeronautica Militare" (Italian Air Force) are organizing an exhibition concerning the figure of the greatest Ace of the italian fighter planes during the WWI and the history of the Cavallino Rampante (prancing horse) recently known as the most famous italian symbol in the world.

The exhibition will tell about the figure of F. Baracca: starting from his youth up to his achievements as a horseman; narrating the choice to become a pilot and illustrating his career as a hunter and as a captain, examining the birth of the myth and its continuation through time.
The exhibition will be also a way to tell the story that bounds together the Cavallino Rampante - symbol of the Italian flying ace during the Great War - and the most famous symbol of the automotive team of Maranello.

Beside displays and icons, will be exposed parts of aircrafts, uniforms, paintings and several relics, such as small fragments of SPAD on which the ace died in june 1918, putting together the ones of the Caproni Museum in Trento with the ones of Baracca Museum (Lugo di Romagna).
Last but not least, as is tradition at the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics, multimedia and interactive installations will be displayed; this way both children and adults will enjoy to discover the secrets of the exhibition.



HISTORY OF THE CAVALLINO RAMPANTE

The prancing horse is a silver figure on a red field, facing at left with its tail down. At first it was the heraldic symbol of the “Piemonte Reale Cavalleria” (King’s chivarly of Piedmont), one of the most prestigious unit of the Italian Army, of which Francesco Baracca was a member at the beginning of the XIX century. A few years later, the young horseman become an aviator and his love for horses made him choose the same symbol he had on his airplanes, except for some variations.
At the beginning of 1917, the black prancing horse appeared for the first time on a plane flown by the ace. Then the horse emblem was applied on all the planes he flew.

Francesco Baracca died in June 19 1918, during a war flight. Starting from that moment his parents kept the memory of him alive. In 1923 they met Enzo Ferrari and the mother of Francesco, Paolina Biancoli, gave to the car constructor the precious symbol saying these words:
“Ferrari, put on your cars the prancing horse of my son. It’ll bring you luck.”
“I still have the picture of Baracca, with the dedication of his parents giving me the sign. The horse is still as black as it was at first; I added the yellow background which is the color of Modena” wrote Enzo Ferrari in July 3 1985 to the historian Giovanni Manzoni.


The prancing horse flies nowadays on the rudder of the Eurofighters Typhoon of the Aeronautica Militare. As most people probably know, you can find it on the cars of Maranello as well.
Baracca’s figure, now pruned by rhetoric, is finally analyzed showing his professionalism, commitment, enhancing the values guiding his actions and make him closer to us.


Aeronautical Museum "Gianni Caproni" Website

 
​Iniziativa organizzata da
Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Aeronautica Militare, Museo“Francesco Baracca”

Con l’amicizia di
Museo Enzo Ferrari

In collaborazione
con Fondazione Casa Natale Enzo FerrarI, DUCATI, Fondazione Ansaldo, Museo Nicolis, Collezione Mario RIGHINI, GAVS-GRUPPO AMICI VELIVOLI STORICI, ASSOCIAZIONE “LA STANZA DELLE IDEE”

Con il patrocinio di
COMUNE DI TRENTO, COMUNE DI LUGO, COMUNE DI MODENA, COMUNE DI VITTORIO VENETO

Media Partner
RIVISTA AERONAUTICA

Albo dei prestatori
Aeronautica Militare
Museo Storico dell’Aeronautica Militare,
Vigna di Valle (RM)
Fondazione Il Vittoriale degli Italiani,
Gardone Riviera (BS)
Mario Righini, Castelfranco Emilia (MO)
Museo “F. Baracca”, Lugo (RA)
Museo Nicolis, Villafranca (VR)

Curatela storico-scientifica
Neva Capra, Luca Gabrielli, Paolo Varriale

Progetto espositivo e coordinamento organizzativo
Neva Capra, Luca Gabrielli

Testi di
Neva Capra, Luca Gabrielli - Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni

Daniele Serafini, Paolo Varriale - Museo “F. Baracca”

Alessandro Lombardo - Fondazione Ansaldo

Referenze iconografiche
Archivio fotografico Alenia Aermacchi
Archivio privato Mauro Antonellini
Archivio Innocente Azzolini/Dino Uliana
Archivio privato Angelo Emiliani
Archivio privato Roberto Gentilli
Archivio privato Maurizio Longoni
Archivio privato Carlo Lucchini
Archivio privato Paolo Varriale
Archivio Villa Brizza
Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore Aeronautica, Roma
Sezione Produzione Audiovisivi dell’Aeronautica Militare, Roma
Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni, Trento
Museo “Francesco Baracca”, Lugo (RA)
Museo Nicolis, Villafranca (VR)
Collezione Righini, Castelfranco Emilia (MO)

Allestimento
Movimentazione aeromobili e collaborazione al riallestimento della sala espositiva

Cooperativa sociale “Il Gabbiano”, Ravina (Trento):
Angelo Segatta
con Giuseppe Adamo, Ahmed Foutouh, Loris Held, Pierluigi Ioriatti, Gianpiero Marchi, Damian Piotr Kruk, Alberto Sassudelli, Luca Segatta

Trasporti d’arte
Tomasi Arte, Povo (Trento): Sandro Tomasi
con Isabella Betti, Tullio Casagranda, Marco Casagrande, Galeazzo Ciola, Angelo Flores Fernandez, Oleg Rotaru, Roberto Todesco, Antonella Tomasi

Ideazione grafica e stampa
Publistampa, Pergine (Trento): Matteo Lorenzi con Angelica Anesi, Fabrizio Canton

Ideazione e realizzazione simulatori di volo “SPAD”
215Kg, Civezzano (Trento): Giorgio Leonardelli, Marco Leonardelli, Edoardo Zanon

Allestimento “piazza delle auto” e parete “Hansa Brandenburg C.I”

Ideazione e realizzazione gioco interattivo multimediale “SPAD XIII”
ERA Strumenti per Comunicare, Modena: Riccardo Masoni, Filippo Muraglia, Riccardo Palmerini   

Ideazione e realizzazione multimediali
aeronautica militare

Sezione Divulgazione Storico Multimediale dell’Ufficio Storico dell’Aeronautica Militare
Paolo Nurcis
con Giovanni Chiffi, Paolo De Vita, Marco Di Cocco Alvernini
elettriciSTAELETTRO C.T. sas, Trento: Ivan Cestari

Decorazione pareti

Celestino Vinante, Meano (Trento)

Assicurazioni

AXA Art - Andrea Dal Prà Assicurazioni, Trento

Fotografie

Gabriele Lanzo

Comunicatori scientifici del Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni
Paola Bottaro, Michele Carotta, Francesca Costanzo,
Franca Ducati, Ilaria Postinghel, Sara Miori, Roberta Tarabelli, Paola Vettorazzi
Servizio di custodia e biglietteriaErminio Bucella con Luciano Bonvecchio, Ermanno Bragagna, Annamaria Chisté, Renata Chisté, Mario Dalsasso, Rodolfo Gius, Marco Murgia, Mariastella Tangari

Promozione e ufficio stampa MUSE
Chiara Rinaldi, Elisa Tessaro, Chiara Veronesi, Monika Vettori

Ufficio Amministrativo MUSE
Massimo Eder
con Milena Aramini, Iva Busana, Sabrina Candioli, Lorena Celva, Denise Eccher, Viviana Era, Alberta Giovannini, Claudia Marcolini, Paolo Previde Massara, Fausto Postinghel, Anna Redaelli, Daniela Ress, Nicoletta Soini, Carla Spagnolli, Allison Zarantonello
Il

Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni ringrazia per la collaborazione
Vision Up s.r.l., Modena: Mauro Battaglia, Silvia Battaglia, Martina Polelli


Un ringraziamento particolare a
Massimiliano Barlattani, Angelo Brioschi, Michele Bortoli, Silvia Bruno, Vincenzo Caltagirone, Maria Fede Caproni, Umberto Caproni, Luca Carapellese, Morena Paola Carli, Vittorio Cencini, Carlo Chinellato, Stefano Cosci, Patrizia Laura De Pascali, Basilio Di Martino, Lilia Gianotti, Paolo Miana, Cristiano Montrucchio, Lucio Onorati, Pierluigi Poletti, Lorenzo Pontalti,  Francesco Quaglio, Alberto Rosso, Palmira Rotolo, Fabio Ruggeri, Claudio Salerno, Alessandro Tonacci, Roberta Valbusa
 
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Exhibition
Where
Gianni Caproni Aeronautical Museum
When
From 25 ottobre 2014
To 3 maggio 2015
Time
Tue-Fri: 10.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.00
Sat, Sun: 10.00-18.00
For whom
All
Ticket
Full ticket price € 4,50
Concessions € 3,00