CSAC museum

Abbey of Valserena, Viazza di Paradigna, 1 - 43122 - Parma (PR)

Phone: +39 0521903500

Opening times

After the last ministerial dispositons of February 19, 2021 the Museum is temporarily closed.

From Wednesday to Friday from 3pm to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday closed


full price € 5,00
concessions € 8,00 over 65; groups from 10 to 20 people; ticket Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Teatro Regio di Parma, ticket Mercanteinfiera, ticket Museums Comune di Parma.
concessions € 3,00 from 13 to 18 years old, University stundents UNIPR, High school teachers of the Public European schools, high school school groups
free under 13, 2 group leaders of minimum 25 people, 1 group leader of minimum 10 people, Unipr students with a teacher, press, tourist guides and interpreters on duty, ICOM members (with valid card), disabled and carers.
Guided tour and workshops € 10,00

Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (Csac),


The museum of the Centre of studies and Archive of communication of the Parma University (CSAC), hosts the widest visual and design cultural heritage in Italy about the 20th century, with more than 12 millions of works divided in five sections: Art (over 1.700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 17.000 drawings), Photography (with more than 300 funds and more than 9 millions of pictures), Fashion (with about 70.000 pieces among sketches, drawings, dresses, magazines), Design (1.500.000 drawings, 800 maquettes, 2000 objects) and Media (7.000 sketches for posters, 2.000 movie posters, 11.000 satire drawings and comics and 3.000 illustrations).

The CSAC, Centre of studies and Archive of communication, was founded in 1968 by Professor Arturo Carlo Quintavalle then directed by Professor Gloria Bianchino, since 2007 it has moved into the Abbey of Valserena, traditionally known as the Charterhouse of Stendhal.
The Abbey’s premises have been renovated with an important architectural project promoted and sustained by the University of Parma.
The museum, that is hosted in the majestic latin crossed monastery church, in the Columns and in the Ipogea halls, shows a permanent exhibition, which may change and renew forever, thanks to the extraordinary visual repertoire of the Archive, whose works will be put on display by rotation.

For the opening, the sixteen sections of the exhibition will be dedicated to themes showing off the complicated nature of this Archive/museum, through the transverse interactions of its collections: from Art to Fashion, from Design to Photography, from Architecture to Advertising and Satire sketches, with works and projects, just to name a few, by Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré, Achille Castiglioni, Nizzoli and Bellini for Olivetti, Man Ray, Luigi Ghirri, Dorothea Lange, Giò Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi, Giuseppe Samonà, Armando Testa, Tullio Pericoli, Vincino.
To close this tour there will be a monographic exhibition dedicated to figurative and designing culture  of the ’60s and ’70s with works by artists that are part of the CSAC collections since the first years of activity, as the ones by Enrico Baj, Mario Ceroli, Luciano Fabro, Emilio Isgrò, Enzo Mari, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Schifano, Ettore Sottsass, Emilio Tadini.
The Columns hall hosts the work of collection and study of the art pieces preserved in the archive in the section Art, with a chronological tour from the drawings by Mario Sironi to Visual poetry, together with project and work papers.
Visitors will be also able to consult, on reservation, the material of the archives preserved in the Abbey halls not open to the public. The Ipogea hall, that opens through the Door by Arnaldo Pomodoro and with the Sentimento della Rivoluzione by Fausto Melotti, completes the itinerary of sculpture created in the courtyard of the Abbey, that includes works of huge dimensions.

Abbey for everyone: information leaflets and supports to experience the Archive-Museum with an attention to visitors with specific needs as sight, hearing and learning disabilities.