The early twentieth century witnessed the golden era of Italia cultural journals, which assumed a previously unknown aesthetic, moral and political significance. And yet in recent years, there have been signs of a resurgence, helped by the possibilities offered by the internet. And “Il Muro ” took inspiration just from the web. It started as an art blog that soon transformed into a cultural association in 2015, and by taking advantage of private sponsors, it became a bimonthly magazine. There is also an online publication, in two languages. Although the contributors are spread across Italy, the editorial organisation has its office in Latina. The Pontino area is the starting point for research with an international width. The magazine, whose cover is bravely blank, encompasses museum art and the visual arts, music and literature, in a continuous cross-dialogue between disciplines. All fostered by the varied lineages of contributors and editors: historians of art and cinema, archaeologists, psychologists and sociologists. A multiplicity of voices brought together by the purpose of promoting slow reading and debate on art in a contemporary key and through a critical approach. The reference is not so much the wall Pink Floyd broke down (nor the other, more or less recent, walls in history), but more the mocking wall of Sartre. A confining surface that still can let a good eye glimpse Montale’s openings (the broken link in the chain). “Il Muro ” often takes part in cultural events, or looks after their organisation. This was the case with “Potere alle Storie” (Power to stories) and “Festival della Narrazione” (Storytelling Festival) in Latina, promoted by Magma, about whom a special edition was published. Even this seems to be a coherent evolution of theillustrious old journals.
The story has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer.