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The Farnesina Collection takes part in the 17th edition of Contemporary Art Day
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The Farnesina Collection takes part in the 17th edition of Contemporary Art Day

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The Farnesina Collection takes part in the 17th edition of Contemporary Art Day.
V. Furian, Night shade, 2021, research material, courtesy the artist

On 11 December, on the occasion of the 17th edition of the Giornata del Contemporaneo (Contemporary Art Day), promoted by AMACI – the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums, the Farnesina Collection is promoting a special day of public opening with guided tours of the Farnesina’s important contemporary art collection, organized in collaboration with the Touring Club Italiano as part of the ‘Aperti per voi’ (Open for you) initiative, as well as a full programme of events.

In particular, one of the tours will be devoted to the presentation of the third issue of the series ‘I Quaderni della Collezione Farnesina’ (Catalogues of the Farnesina Collection), entitled ‘Mosaici contemporanei nella Collezione Farnesina’ (Contemporary mosaics in the Farnesina Collection).

The research, curated by Fabio De Chirico – Director of Service I, Cultural and Creative Enterprises, Fashion and Design of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, retraces the most important stages in the use of the mosaic technique in the 20th and 21st centuries, beginning with the study of the mosaics present in the Palazzo and continuing with the analysis of some of the works of the leading figures in contemporary visual culture who have reinterpreted mosaic in an original and innovative way.

The meeting, which will take place at 11 a.m. in the ‘Aldo Moro’ room at the Farnesina, will be attended by the author, Dr. Anna Mattirolo, delegate for research activities, special projects and education at the Scuderie del Quirinale and moderator of the conference, and the artists Diego Miguel Mirabella and Ascanio Renda. A special tour will then follow with a focus on the mosaic works in the Collection.

During three of the visits, the public will be able to watch “Night shade”, a never-seen-before performance by the artist Valentina Furian (Venice, 1989), curated by Vasco Forconi and created in collaboration with the Fondazione VOLUME! of Rome.

The performer’s work investigates the spaces of the Farnesina and, in particular, the reception rooms on the main floor, transforming them into places belonging to other imaginations. Starting from the relationship between reality and fiction, Furian’s research explores themes linked to the relationship between humans and their biological environment and explores the feeling of disorientation and innate fear and dread towards a nature that cannot be tamed.

For more information on events and for tour bookings, visit the website


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