Since my childhood I feel very much linked to Ticino thanks to my grandparents who in 1946 bought a house in Centovalli where they used to spend the period between spring and autumn. Even if my wife and I emigrated to British Columbia, Canada, in 1996, we maintained a deep connectedness with Ticino. In 2003 I started to realize in Canada an installation project entitled ‘The Museum of Unknown Civilizations (MUC)’. When I visited the Museum Walserhaus in 2006, my friend and former curator asked me whether the exposed objects could inspire me an enlargement of my MUC-Collection. Back to Canada, where in 2007 the first MUC exhibition took place, I started to work for this special ‘Bosco Gurin Collection’, also taking inspiration from Emily Gerstner-Hirzel’s book ‘Aus der Volksüberlieferung von Bosco Gurin’, and created the little archaic, mysterious, poetical, funny and sometimes weird objects.
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