Inaugurated in January 2011, Palazzo Fava covers over 2600 square metres and regularly hosts national and international exhibitions such as La Ragazza con l’orecchino di perla and Da Cimabue a Morandi-Felsina Pittrice.
The piano nobile is frescoed by the Carracci's: Ludovico, Agostino and Annibale painted their first considerable fresco cycle here, commissioned by Filippo Fava in 1584. Roberto Longhi defined the building as a historical novel, based on great painting from the past that can go beyond Mannerism and communicate directly not as a book but as a window. Paintings include the episode of the Incanti notturni di Medea (Medea’s nocturnal enchants), considered the first modern nude in art history by art historian Andrea Emiliani.
Palazzo Fava dates back to Medieval times, restored by the Fava family who purchased it in 1546. The current appearance took form in the Renaissance.
The Fava’s are one of the most ancient families in the city, with a lively history characterised by figures who distinguished themselves for literature, sciences and political life since the very beginning. In 1579, Filippo Fava married Ginevra Orsi and, in 1584, he appointed Ludovico, Annibale and Agostino Carracci to decorate the hall and rooms of the piano nobile. After the Fava-Ghisilieri's, the ownership passed on to the Medica family and then to Grand Hotel Majestic (known as Baglioni in previous times). In 2005, the complex was bought by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna. After being restored, it was handed back to the city as a Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Access and orientation do not present any difficulty for the hearing impaired. The lifts are equipped with an acoustic signal in case of emergencies. Some exhibitions also include the last floor of the building, which can only be accessed by stairs. The museum and reception assistants are managed by educators from the social cooperative Nazareno, who work with and for the disabled. The museum only hosts temporary exhibitions, so theaccess to the contents depends on the texts decided bythe curators of the various collections on display. The collections can include audio guides and videos, usually not subtitled. The costs and conditions change according to the temporary exhibitions, each one having its own price list. When there are no exhibitions in programme, the building keeps the touch screens in the halls with a description of the Carracci frescoes on the ceiling and walls. There are some cards concerning the history of the building but the language uses a specific vocabulary and requires a good cultural background and good reading skills. The history of the building and of the frescoes as well as information on the temporary exhibitions canbe downloaded from the website. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the bathrooms.
Motor disability and difficulty of movement
The main entrance has 3 steps but you can access by passing through the entrance of the museum's bar and reach the lift that serves the first and second floor of the building; only stairs (16 steps of 15 cm each) take you to the third and last floor. It is advisable for people in wheelchairs to arrive at the building from the arcade on Via Indipendenza and not from that on Via Galliera.