26.05.2020 - 30.08.2020

On the Trail of the Glaciers



On the Trail of the Glaciers. On the Trail of the Glaciers is an international project balanced between photographic documentation and scientific research realized by Fabiano Ventura, within which the two fields of investigation analyze and detect the effects of climate change on glacial masses in the last hundred years.

Mountain photographer and creator of the project, Ventura retraced the steps of the first photographers and explorers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century together with a team of researchers, filmmakers and photographers. The goal of the experience was to create a series of photographs depicting historic views from the exact geographic location and at the same time of year as those of the past. Visual comparison and scientific field measurements document the change and relentless melting of ice.

Museomontagna presents a selection of the most representative images from the first five expeditions that make up the project On the Trails of the Glaciers. Photographic comparisons and backstage images tell the story of the first five expeditions of the project, held in the Karakorum (2009), Caucasus (2011), Alaska (2013), Andes (2016) and Himalaya (2018) mountain ranges.
Also on display is a preview of an overview of the Lys glacier at Monte Rosa, created on the occasion of the Alps 2020 pre-edition.
The exhibition is completed by an interactive video installation entitled In cammino nel tempo, which allows visitors to interact with ancient and modern images through a sensory experience on the theme of time.

The exhibition is organized as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Ferrino, a company that, as CEO Anna Ferrino states, is “deeply rooted in its territory. For this reason we felt it was important to strengthen the historic collaboration with the National Mountain Museum, offering museum visitors the opportunity to see in Turin a project that we have supported since its inception and which this summer will culminate in the Alpi 2020 expedition”.



“The Mountain Museum welcomes with great interest the project On the Trails of the Glaciers. The initiative shares Ferrino’s attention to the changes affecting contemporary mountains and to the culture of high lands, sensitivities that bring the company closer to our institution, which is also about to turn 150 in 2024. The exhibition is part of a journey that began in 2018 with the exhibitions Post Water and Under Water and continued in 2019 with Tree Time, aimed at investigating the environmental urgencies that see the mountains as protagonists in this beginning of the 21st century. On the Trails of the Glaciers goes in this direction. We hope that in this period of health emergency, in which we are all called to turn a new attention to well-being and environmental balances, the exhibition can help to convey an effective ecology of thought on global issues that inevitably transcend our reference context.”  (Daniela Berta)

“The choice to support Fabiano Ventura in his ambitious project was born for multiple reasons. The first is historical, since it is a work that goes beyond the path of our company and that invites us to reflect on the importance of preserving the mountains that have accompanied this long history, allowing our Ferrino-equipped testimonials to accomplish extraordinary challenges and to write fundamental pages in the history of mountaineering and exploration. The second reason is informative: for our company, whose products are aimed at those who love to spend their free time in nature, it is essential to make a commitment to raise awareness in the community of the importance of preserving the environment that surrounds us. This year the expedition will cross the Alps, bringing around Italy values in which we are the first to firmly believe: I like to think that the Alpi 2020 expedition ideally starts right here in Turin, where our history was born in 1870, and from a place that is a symbol for the history of Italian mountaineering, such as the National Mountain Museum”. (Anna Ferrino)