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Villa Firenze Contemporanea

“Villa Firenze Contemporanea” – The Best of Contemporary Italian Art and Design in Washington DC


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Edited by Renata Cristina Mazzantini. Photographs by Massimo Listri

The Project

The project Villa Firenze Contemporanea was inaugurated on October 19th in the presence of selected representatives from the American and Italian-American cultural, media, and economic communities.

“It is a formidable initiative of cultural diplomacy and growth,” emphasized Italian Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, “bringing a selection of the best in contemporary Italian art and design from the ’50s to today to the heart of Washington. The admiration of our American friends for Italian art and culture is unparalleled. Thanks to Villa Firenze Contemporanea, a broad audience of authorities, the diplomatic corps, entrepreneurs, and representatives from every sector of American and Italian-American society, regular guests at the residence of the Ambassadors of Italy in Washington, will have an additional opportunity to appreciate Italian genius in contemporary art and design.”

Villa Firenze Contemporanea, an integrated promotional and cultural initiative named after the Residence of the Ambassadors of Italy in Washington, is inspired by the projects Quirinale Contemporaneo at the Quirinal Palace and the Collezione Farnesina of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The project was curated by architect Prof. Renata Cristina Mazzantini, who selected over fifty works of art and design representing Italian creativity and elegance, placing them in the context of the Tudor-style architecture of Villa Firenze. The exhibition-installation includes various creative expressions, from figurative to abstract, from conceptual to environmental art, from painting to sculpture, and also features around thirty objects designed by Italians and produced by Italian companies—all strictly Made in Italy and at the same time indicative of reciprocal ties and influences between Italian creators and the United States. The setup is illustrated in a catalogue with photos by Maestro Massimo Listri, published by Treccani.

Villa Firenze Contemporanea aims to highlight Italian contemporary art and, at the same time, the excellence of Made in Italy design through a high-profile showcase for artists, designers, and Italian companies, intending to strengthen their role in this important market.

The restoration of the four mirrors in the Grand Salon of Villa Firenze, carried out by Valore Italia – Botticino School of Restoration of Milan, is also part of the project.

Villa Firenze Contemporanea was realized with the contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Directorate General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy and the support of Generali, Intesa Sanpaolo, and Eni.


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Villa Firenze Contemporanea in the media

Washington: Villa Firenze Contemporanea, dopo il Quirinale l’arte italiana fa bella mostra di sé negli Usa (

The Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. Creates a Dialogue Between American and Italian Art and Design (

Villa Firenze Contemporanea (

Italian Embassy Residence Goes Contemporary (Washington Life Magazine)


Relive the inauguration of Villa Firenze Contemporanea


Art at Villa Firenze

Carla Accardi

Bertozzi & Casoni

Alighiero Boetti

Alberto Burri

Enrico Castellani

Mario Ceroli

Pietro Consagra

Giorgio de Chirico

Piero Dorazio

Chiara Dynys

Maria Cristina Finucci

Lucio Fontana

Emilio Isgrò

Fausto Melotti

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Davide Rivalta

Pietro Ruffo

Antonio Sanfilippo

Paolo Scheggi

Rudolf Stingel

Grazia Varisco

Luciano Ventrone


Design at Villa Firenze

Giorgio Armani

Mario Bellini

Francesco Binfaré

Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Jacopo Foggini

Barnaba Fornasetti

Alberto Lago

Ferruccio Laviani

Roberto Lazzeroni

Piero Lissoni

Vico Magistretti

Fabio Novembre

Gaetano Pesce

Marco Piva

Gio Ponti

Paolo Rizzatto

Guglielmo Ulrich


Art works granted by

Archivio Accardi-Sanfilippo

Archivio Grazia Varisco

Archivio Pietro Consagra  (Collezione Eredi Pietro Consagra)

Archivio Piero Dorazio

Associazione Paolo Scheggi

Bertozzi & Casoni

Chiara Dynys

Davide Rivalta

Emilio Isgrò

Fondazione Enrico Castellani

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa De Chirico

Olnick Spanu Collection

Magazzino Italian Art

Maria Cristina Finucci

Mario Ceroli

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Miranda Gibilisco Ventrone

Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri

Pietro Ruffo

Rudolf Stingel


Design works granted by

Armani / Casa

Arredoluce Milano 1943








Gaetano Pesce

Ghidini 1961

Glas Italia

Poltrona Frau

Reflex (Angelo)