There is a wall filled with clocks. There are stacks of suitcases. There is a collection of cheese graters.
Although these objects would individually be ordinary occurrences in a household, their quantity allows us to see them in a new way. The Museum of Everyday Life is a site in Italy that was developed by Ettore Guatelli who collected, refurbished, and arranged the 600,000 artifacts that are on display.
Guatelli has been quoted saying, “These are humble things, sure, but some of them are incredibly ingenious, poetic in their humility, and loveable. That makes you want to understand who was there, and what was behind these objects. It makes you want to know in what way and under what circumstances these items were used.”
The museum is now owned and operated by a private foundation who continues Guatelli’s work by continuing to exalt in the mundane and the simple.