The Ustica Memorial Museum was created in Bologna by the Parisian Christian Boltanski, on behalf of the Associazione dei Parenti delle Vittime della Strage di Ustica (Association of the Victims' Parents), led by Daria Bonfietti. This permanent installation surrounds the remains of the DC9 shot down June 27th, 1980, on its way to Palermo Airport. The plane was brought back to Bologna the following year. It can be viewed in the evocative atmosphere created by Boltanski. There are 81 blinking lights (to remember the 81 victims of the disaster) that bring to mind breathing, 81 darkened mirrors reflect the people walking through the gallery and 81 speakers whispered words, universal thoughts, reminding visitors how unavoidable the tragedy was. Nine large black boxes gather many objects once belonging to the victims. They are invisible to visitors, but their images are collected methodically in a list: “Lista degli oggetti personali appartenuti ai passeggeri del volo IH 879” (List of the personal belongings of the passengers). The list allows visitors to participate in the reconstruction of the truth about the tragedy.
The Museum is supported by: Comune di Bologna Regione Emilia-Romagna Provincia di Bologna Ministero della Giustizia Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna