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The Embassy of Italy and the Consulate Generals and Italian Cultural Institutes in the US take part in the initiative “Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art”



The Embassy of Italy and the Consulate Generals and Italian Cultural Institutes in the US take part in the initiative “Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art”

On December 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) joins for the fourth time the XVI edition of the Italian Contemporary Art Day, an initiative promoted by AMACI (Association of Italian Museums of Contemporary Art) that involves museums, foundations, and public and private institutions, in order to show the vitality of contemporary art in Italy, together with MAECI world-wide network.

For this edition of the Italian Contemporary Art Day, dedicated to performance in the arts, the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., and the Italian consular and cultural network in the United States, organize various initiatives throughout the Country. On 7 December, the Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington present a video-performance of contemporary dance inspired by the exhibition of the two Italian artists Goldschmied & Chiari, entitled "Magnifica". The performance was coreographed by Mimmo Miccolis, of the Washington Ballet, and is accompanied by a 'behind the scenes' documentary on the dance performance and work of the two Milanese artists. Both videos are directed by Carola Mamberto.

In New York, the Institute of Culture and the Consulate General host a site-specific installation created ad hoc by the artist and designer Antonio Marras, entitled 'Up the ancient stairs', accompanied by a performance directed by choreographer Marco Angelilli, with Gabriel Da Costa and Francesco Napoli, the voice of Maurizio Rippa, and curated by Valeria Orani. In Los Angeles, from 6 to 11 December the Institute of Culture and the Consulate General present 'WORD - Turbomondi (Melodia)', a video work and presentation by the artist Andrea Martinucci. On 10 December, the Chicago Institute of Culture - in collaboration with the San Francisco Institute of Culture - presents 'Dis-connect: engaging with distance in performance art': an online webinar reflecting on the creation of performances in the particular condition of absence public, with the participation of the curators Mistura Allison and Asha Iman Veal, the artist Marina Cavadini and moderated by Teresa Silva, artistic director of the Chicago Artists Coalition. The Consulate General in Boston on December 9 hosts a virtual event with the writer Ugo La Pietra, author of "Citta 'domestica "on the theme of the room in a multidisciplinary key, in a conversation with Alastair Gordon moderated by Francesca Romana Forlini.

"After nearly two years of restrictions due to the pandemic, I am particularly pleased to present a program of both in-presence and digital initiatives to celebrate the 17th day of Italian Contemporary Art in the United States” said Ambassador of Italy to the United States Mariangela Zappia presenting the programme. “The performances, seminars and the entire program of initiatives in the context of this Day confirms once again the creativity and the innovation of Italian artists, whose work is a true bridge between our people ”, she stated.

From 6 to 11 December, the world-wide network of the MAECI will take part in the “Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art. Embassies, Consultes and Italian Institutes of Culture present a rich program of initiatives – both in person and digital – on Italian contemporary art, with live performances, meetings with artists, seminars, webinars, conferences and shows.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other activities, organizes ‘Dritto negli occhi’ (Straight in the eye): a video project to promote contemporary Italian photography abroad, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conceived and produced by Alessandra Mauro, editorial director of Contrasto Books. Six short conversations with leading figures in contemporary Italian photography: Piergiorgio Branzi, Massimo Siragusa, Gea Casolaro, Simona Ghizzoni, Michele Palazzi, and Anna Di Prospero. Through their gaze, these artists tell the story of our country, of its aesthetic and social transformations, of its open questions. They provide a direct insight into the artistic experience and style choices of as many creators of photography and visual research in general. The conversations will be available on the italiana portal (