The exhibition ‘La Via della Seta. Arte e artisti contemporanei dall’Italia‘ (The Silk Road: Contemporary Art and Artists from Italy) is an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, conceived and staged by the Istituto Garuzzo per le Arti Visive.
Curated by Angela Tecce, the exhibition offers a rich representation of the quality, complexity and diversity of trends in Italian contemporary art from the late 1960s to the present day. An artistic experience based on the fascinating themes of travel, encounters and exchanges and discovery, which will travel the world thanks to the support of the diplomatic and consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes.
The itinerary begins in Kiev, one of Europe’s natural gateways to Asia, and will then continue east, retracing, ideally and geographically, the ancient caravan and merchant routes of the Silk Road. As an expression of the long-standing friendship between East and West, the trip will end in China in 2022, the Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism.
Over thirty works of art are on display, eight of which come from the Collezione Farnesina, the contemporary art collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The exhibition is a dialogue among works by the most representative masters of contemporary Italian art across variety of generations and artistic languages, ranging from painting to sculpture and installation, from graphics to video and photography.
The selection includes works by Carla Accardi, Marisa Albanese, Yuri Ancarani, Francesco Arena, Enrico Baj, Gabriele Basilico, Bianco-Valente, Alighiero Boetti, Diego Cibelli, Gianni Dessì, Pamela Diamante, Flavio Favelli, Eugenio Giliberti, Paolo Grassino, Emilio Isgrò, Francesco Jodice, Mimmo Jodice, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Lai, Luigi Mainolfi, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Umberto Manzo, Masbedo, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Marzia Migliora, Nino Migliori, Nunzio, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, Perino e Vele, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tamara Repetto, Pietro Ruffo, Ettore Spalletti, The Cool Couple, Eugenio Tibaldi, Fabio Viale.