ISTRIAN, FIUMAN AND DALMATIAN
PEOPLE: a cradle of talent.
Scientists, artists, hard
workers and brilliant thinkers.
A success story torn apart by
the course of history that led to a mass exodus and the tragic loss of such a
precious legacy in the second post-war period.
However, those scattered roots
set down in new places all over the world and grew stronger than ever.
Our duty at I.R.C.I. – Regional Institute for the Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian Culture – is to preserve, analyze and promote every aspect of the Istrian population’s cultural heritage. Welcome to our newly redesigned website, a platform for all those who wish to discover our history and culture.
The COVID-19 outbreak and the following emergency measures heavily restricted our lives by establishing physical distancing. We hope that our renovated website - even though we are still working on refining some of its parts - will help overcome physical barriers. Enjoy it and feel free to share our contents. We stand with you. So stay with us.
STATEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCING RECEIVED
TRANSPARENCY OBLIGATIONS PROVIDED FOR BY ART. 1, C. 125-129, L. 124/2017
Our Institute is a non-profit, non-party organization that aims at preserving and enhancing the historical and cultural heritage – as well as the traditions – of the Italian communities of Istria, Quarnero and Dalmatia. In this respect we promote initiatives dealing with each aspect of this heritage:
Via Duca d'Aosta, 1 - 34123, Trieste
Chairman: Franco Degrassi
Opening of the secretariat to the public:
from Monday to Friday from 10 to 12;
Monday and Thursday 10-12 and 16-18.
The sacral dignity of the tragedy experienced by an entire population is directly expressed by the exiles’ household objects. The interaction with the displayed objects is the first step to understand and trace back the ethnographic origin of the Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian tradition. It is the testimony of both the specific case of the Julian-Dalmatian people’s exodus and of the universal notion of mass exodus. Magazzino 18 offers a glimpse into the everyday life of a society swept away all of a sudden, a modern Pompei. The sudden event that falls onto the society is the forced migration. The exhibition showcases the first and last objects brought in by the exiles, who never took them back. The objects become a symbol of the void left after the forced departures. The building, being part of the old harbour of the city, was not originally conceived as an exhibition space, which considerably limits user accessibility. It is an improvised museum displaying a cluster of objects left there fifty years ago, originally located in the Magazzino 21-22, then transferred into Magazzino 26 and finally into Magazzino 18. We are currently working on the development of an app that will offer a virtual tour of the premises, in order to give everyone the access to this precious historical evidence.An overview of the exhibited household objects can be found in “Arredi domestici, documenti, strumenti di lavoro dei profughi istriani depositati a Trieste" (Piero Delbello, I.R.C.I. - ed. Italo Svevo, Trieste, 1992).Learn more
The museum is located in via Torino 8 and was established in collaboration with I.R.C.I. and the municipality of Trieste. It covers a total area of 2300 m2 and is a unique structure planned with advanced technologies. The collection includes a unique selection of objects, documents and photographs that belonged to the exiled people. The same building is also home to the head office, general management, library, congress hall and multimedia hall of I.R.C.I. The Museum was funded by the Italian government, the autonomous Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the Province of Trieste, the CRTrieste association and the Federation of Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian exiled people.Learn more