THE GARDA FRONT
Moments in the Great War on Lake Garda. 1915-1918
Nago, Forte Superiore
From 10 June to 31 October 2018
from Tuesday to Friday 16.00-22.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00-12.00 and 16.00-22.00
Closed on Monday
The Garda Front is an exhibition hosted in Forte alto di Nago, promoted by the Comune di Nago-Torbole and curated by the Italian War History Museum. The Associazione Culturale Benàch and the Gruppo culturale Nago Torbole also collaborated in the exhibition.
The Lake Garda front was a minor front during the Great War. The border area overlooking the lake was an impenetrable bulwark, with the forts of Nago, Brione and Tombio, the Ponale Roadblock and the field fortifications built on Baldo, the mountains of Val di Gresta, the mountains west of Riva and the Sarca plain.
The exhibition accompanies the visitor, room by room, through the main chapters of the conflict, with a series of materials made available by the Rovereto War Museum (large models, artillery, uniforms), objects related to the daily life of soldiers and through numerous artistic works related to the experience of the front: works by futurists such as Anselmo Bucci and Ettore Gallardi, or by war artists, such as Francesco Ferdinando Rizzi. Also exhibited is a rare Italian bicycle (Aquila, 1912 model) used by the soldiers of the Volunteer Cyclists and Motorists.
An important chapter in the story is that of the Czechoslovak volunteers who fought in the 6th Division on Doss Alto, leaving numerous comrades on the ground – and on the scaffold. Recruitment posters, rare memorabilia and busts of Milan Rastislav Štefánik and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, leading architects in the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic, are on display.
The exhibition, planned by the Comune di Nago-Torbole, is part of the initiatives for the Centenary of the Great War promoted by the Comunità dell’Alto Garda e Ledro and supported by the Servizio Attività culturali della Provincia di Trento.