Wood carving in Val Gardena (Italy)

Wood carving - a varied art

Wood carving - a varied art
Wood carving - a varied art 

In addition to agriculture, arts and crafts were also well developed in Val Gardena by the Middle Ages, and the craftsmen of the valley had a fine reputation for their skills and diligence. They produced thick loden clothes, turned wooden bowls, and the women later made lace as well. At the beginning of the 17th century Christian Trebinger, his brother Bartlmä, and Melchior Vinazer established a craft that is today inseparable from the name Val Gardena – wood carving.
Many of them made wooden bowls and other simple utensils, while the more talented tried their hand on more artistic items, mostly statues with a religious subject. In the course of the 17th century the Val Gardena wood carvers concentrated more on works of a figural type, while some of them produced caricatures, picture frames, ornaments, animals, nativity scene figurines and children’s toys. By the 18th century Val Gardena was a major centre of wood carving, and pedlars and merchants carried the carvings and the name of Val Gardena far and wide.
Of the many wood carvers in the valley, some developed into true artists, and in order to raise the general standard an art school was founded. Today wood carving is a modern industry and a genuine craft at the same time, producing individual, varied and authentic specimens of the art.

Exhibitions

Exhibition - ART52
Exhibition
Ortisei / St. Ulrich
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Cultural Centre
ART52 - permanent exhibition of the artistic handcraft

Opening hours:
Daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Free entry!

Exhibition - The biggest Crib in the World
Exhibition
S. Cristina / St. Christina
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Iman-Centre
Exhibition - Galaria Unika
Exhibition
Ortisei / St. Ulrich
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Typak-Center - Str. Arnaria 9
fax: +39 0471 797 857
cell.: +39 339 1792227
Open all year round from Monday to Sunday (except greater holidays) from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free entry

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Val Gardena Arts and Crafts Exhibition - ART52

Cultural Center - Ortisei

52 exhibitors welcome you!
Here you can admire handcarved sculptures and art-paintings by craftsmen from Val Gardena and locally produced carvings. Please ask the exhibitors for any further information, prices, etc.