The first location of the Archive in Fondamenta San Biagio
«The founding of the Luigi Nono Archive, which we owe essentially to Nuria’s intelligence, to her ability for organization, but above all to her devotion, represents one of the most important cultural initiatives in Venice in the past few years. It is so much more than a matter of paying due “homage” – which is certainly proper – to the Figure and to the works of our great composer; it is a meeting place, a place for research and for studies on contemporary music, in all of its complexity and its frontier experiences. The Archive is the living trail which traces the depth and the vastness of the problems which Gigi had to face: those problems which great music of our time must face in order to give a form to its own particular language and in order to succeed in advancing, even on its own specific territory. The Archive is the image of that laboratory, of that inexhaustible process of “experimenting”; of that “journey”, which are the works of Nono – of his generosity, of his never futile “curiosity”, of the wide-openness of his way of listening. It will be impossible to comprehend Nono’s Work without being acquainted with this Archive. Just as it is impossible to know contemporary music without listening to Nono.
The city of Venice is grateful to Nuria, Silvia and Bastiana for wanting this Archive and for setting it up and makes a commitment to support its labours with all possible means.»