MUDI: Italy’s First Disco Museum Inside Cocoricò’s Iconic Pyramid

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MUDI: Italy’s First Disco Museum Inside Cocoricò’s Iconic Pyramid

In the heart of Riccione, Italy, where the Mediterranean breeze dances with the pulse of nightlife, a new cultural beacon is set to illuminate the vibrant history of disco. MUDI, short for “Museo Discoteca,” emerges as Italy’s inaugural disco museum, housed within the iconic pyramid of Cocoricò, a legendary nightclub that has woven itself into the fabric of Italian nightlife lore. Opening its doors this weekend on Sunday, 19th May, MUDI promises to be a celebration of Italian disco culture, blending art, music, and sensory experiences in an unprecedented fusion of creativity and nostalgia.

Under the guidance of artistic director Alessandro Leoni, MUDI aims to encapsulate the essence of disco through a curated collection of contemporary artworks that resonate with the sensory allure of clubbing. It’s not merely a museum; it’s an immersive journey through the evolution of disco, with a spotlight on Italian artists who have shaped the genre and its cultural significance.

The permanent exhibition boasts an eclectic array of works by esteemed artists such as Collettivo Cesura, Isabella Nardon, Ka$ap Rocky, Laura Tura, Nic Paranoia, Riffblast, Sara Scanderebech, and Unfollow, among others. Each piece reflects the pulsating energy, vibrant colors, and infectious rhythms synonymous with disco, inviting visitors to explore the visual narratives woven into the fabric of dance culture.

To mark its grand debut, MUDI is hosting an opening party that promises an unforgettable experience for disco aficionados and art enthusiasts alike. From 6 PM to midnight, guests will be treated to a sensory feast, with highlights including Filippo Sorcinelli’s presentation of “X Sé,” a new sensory piece performed by the Salò collective; a screening of Francesco Tavella’s documentary “Cocoricò Tapes,” offering a glimpse into the storied history of the nightclub; and Sara Leghissa’s live poster art, capturing the essence of disco’s visual aesthetic in real-time.

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Entry to MUDI is complimentary, with registration available via Cocoricò’s website, inviting all to embark on a journey through the rhythms and melodies that have shaped generations of music lovers. Whether reliving the glory days of Cocoricò or discovering the timeless allure of disco for the first time, MUDI promises to be a cultural oasis where the past, present, and future of dance converge in harmonious celebration.

The story of Cocoricò itself is a testament to resilience and reinvention. Having closed its doors in 2019 amidst financial challenges, the club emerged from the ashes under new ownership, reclaiming its iconic status in the Italian nightlife scene. Now, as MUDI takes residence within its hallowed walls, the legacy of Cocoricò continues to evolve, embracing the spirit of creativity and innovation that has defined its storied history.

As we step into the shimmering lights of MUDI, we embark on a journey through the echoes of disco, where every beat tells a story, and every dance step is a testament to the enduring power of music to unite, inspire, and transcend. Welcome to MUDI, where the rhythm never fades, and the dance floor beckons us to lose ourselves in the timeless groove of disco’s eternal pulse.
DJ Mag’s feature on the eternal evolution of Italo disco provides further insight into the cultural significance of Italy’s disco legacy, serving as a fitting prelude to the immersive experience awaiting visitors at MUDI.

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