At Il Salabue our activities are not limited to the editorial sector; over time we have also become specialised in organising shows and exhibitions of top-notch bowed and plucked stringed instruments, concentrating on the historical period between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. We also organise side events, such as seminars, conferences and round tables, involving the highest authorities in the sector. We collaborate with other companies and institutions, concerning loans of instruments for concerts and musical recordings.
- Cremona, Palazzo Fodri, 1997
Exhibition of Piedmontese musical instruments entitled "Piedmontese violin makers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Pressenda to Fagnola". Premier of the book dedicated to Annibale Fagnola, press conference and debate on the importance of the Piedmontese School in the world.
- Cremona, Mondomusica 2002
Exhibition of bowed stringed instruments published in the book dedicated to violin making in Emilia-Romagna, and exhibition of Piedmontese instruments to enable studies and comparisons between the two violin making schools.
- Savigliano (CN), Museo Civico A. Olmo, 2003
Rosa sonora. Exhibition of plucked stringed instruments. Presentation of the history of the antique guitar through instruments of the great schools, with comparison among the Piedmontese, French and Neapolitan Schools.
- Casale Monferrato (AL), Palazzo Sannazzaro, 2005
Count Cozio of Salabue - Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont. Exhibition of Piedmontese bowed stringed instruments from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. A great event dedicated to Piedmontese violin making, in the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio of Salabue.
- Brescia, Palazzo Martinengo, 2007
Gio: Paolo Maggini in Brescia, secoli di dettagli. Technical sponsor of the event.
- Frassinello Monferrato, June 2007, Castello di Frassinello Monferrato, 2007
Great guitars, great personalities Exhibition of plucked stringed instruments as part of the music festival "Folkermesse".
- Cremona, Mondomusica 2007
Exhibition of historical guitars in collaboration with "Liuteria Fratelli Lodi". History and evolution of Spanish guitar making characterised by the fan strut.
- Alba, November 2007
Homage to Giuseppe Rocca, within the event "Musica Meravigliosa". Exhibition of Giuseppe Rocca bowed stringed instruments.
- Montpellier - Musée Fabre, 2008
Exhibition of 15 instruments by Antonio Stradivari, 8 violins, 4 violas, and 3 cellos. For this event, Il Salabue designed and produced the exhibiting showcases that were provided to AIMM, the organizers of the exhibition.
More information: Stradivarius Exhibition
- Alessandria, Palazzo del Monferrato, 20 settembre - 19 ottobre 2008
The Guitar - Four centuries of Masterpieces
Exhibition of Instruments from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries
In Alessandria, seventy exceptional guitars chosen among museums and private collections throughout Europe for setting up, in fall 2008, an important exhibition that will show instruments built and used between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
More information: Palazzo del Governatore
- Londra, June 2011
Stradivari's "Lady Blunt" exhibited in a showcase designed by "Edizioni Il Salabue". Tarisio, An Auction House specialized in "on line" sales of musical instruments, has sold in an auction the violin "Lady Blunt" made by Antonio Stradivari in 1721 for the record amount of £ 9.808.000 ($ 15.894.00). Thanks to the Nippon Music Foundation.now owner of the instrument, 100% of the sale's income will be donated to Japan to help its compatriots hit by the tragedy of March 11. Il Salabue participated in this extraordinary event thanks to Tarisio company, by selecting our exclusive showcase to exhibit the instrument.
More information: Tarisio "Lady Blunt" Stradivarius
- Torino Antiquaria, Lingotto Fiere, 06-14 April 2013
Violin Making. Masters of the Piedmontese school
"Torino Antiquaria", the first exhibition dedicated to high antiques in the city of Turin, hosts an exhibition of musical instruments of inestimable value. Twenty-one masterpieces, presented in a targeted didactic-chronological itinerary, to describe in an exhaustive way the great Piedmontese School. Il Salabue has organized an exhibition of international scope that has attracted the interest of experts, collectors, enthusiasts, musicians and the curiosity of the public in general.
- Reggia di Venaria, Sale dei Paggi, from 31th May to 30th September (Extended until 18th November 2018)
Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names. Lutherie and Music between Seventeenth and Twentieth centuries in Europe
A unique event of its kind. A cultural, historical and artistic journey that winds along a time span, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, in which the protagonists are thirty precious music instruments with a story to tell and for the most part exposed for the first time to the public.
Thanks to the contribution of museums, private collectors and musicians, violins, violas, 5 and 6 string guitars, mandolins, lyre-guitars, harps, hurdy-gurdies and psalteries will be exhibited for a total value of over 35 million Euros.
These are music instruments of the highest artistic craftsmanship, all in excellent conditions and for the most part playable, belonged to musicians of international renown, including Gaetano Pugnani Niccolò Paganini, Henri Vieuxtemps, Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino, Andrés Segovia and as many prominent figures of the nobility of the time such as Emperor Leopold I of Hapsburg, Empress Maria Theresa of Bourbon (Naples), Count Cozio di Salabue, Maria Theresa of Bourbon Dauphine of France and Queen Margaret of Savoy.
The exhibition is an initiative of the "Consorzio delle Residenze Reali Sabaude", co-produced with "Edizioni Il Salabue" and managed curated by Giovanni Accornero.
More information: La Venaria