Cappadocia. The landscape in the depths of the rock

Exhibition of the 31st edition of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens
Ca' Scarpa, via Canova 11, Treviso

We are pleased to announce the opening on Saturday 24 October of the exhibition dedicated to the place awarded this year’s Carlo Scarpa Prize, Güllüdere and Kızılçukur: the Rose Valley and the Red Valley in Cappadocia, curated by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini, organized by Fondazione Benetton in the former Church of Santa Maria Nova, now containing Treviso’s new cultural space designed by Tobia Scarpa on behalf of  Luciano Benetton.

The focus of the exhibition and of the various activities involved in the prize is a place in Asia Minor that emerged out of the complex history and geography of Cappadocia: two adjoining valleys carved out of the volcanic rock, the memory of an ancient culture of living.


The exhibition comprises four sections, each occupying a floor of the exhibition space, which will be inaugurated on this occasion.

On the ground floor is the first section, which is dedicated to the landscape of the valleys, especially in the sense of their pathways and the survival of traditional forms of agriculture co-existing with the volcanic soils in this region.

The second section, on the first floor, examined the geological character of the place in relation to the different forms of rupestrian settlement and architecture present.

The third section, on the second floor, focuses on the outstanding artistic heritage distinguishing the churches and other rock-cut buildings, as well as on the work of the Tuscia University of Viterbo, which has, for many decades, been engaged in research, conservation and promotion activities in this area.

The first three sections draw upon photographic materials while the fourth section provides visitors with a documentary-style narrative involving the screening of the film created in the context of the Prize, which will alternate, on specific days and at specific times, with screenings of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea (1969), much of which set in these very Cappadocian sites.