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ITALICS – new insider’s guide curated by top Italian gallerists celebrates the country’s extraordinary heritage

Nine influential Italian galleries join forces in this difficult times to promote the beauty and urgency of art, culture, and education. With ITALICS Art and Landscape, the passionate directors, founders and managers of some of the most influential galleries in the peninsula share a first-hand guide to the country’s art, culture and contemporary lifestyle. More than 63 galleries, representing from ancient to emerging art are participating in this beautiful project.

RB Ride, Carsten Höller. Installazione per “ArtePollino. Un altro sud” San Severino Lucano (PZ), 2009. Courtesy Galleria Continua. Photo Lorenzo Fiaschi

It is out of the vision of Lorenzo Fiaschi (Galleria Continua) and Pepi Marchetti Franchi (Gagosian) with Alfonso Artiaco, Ludovica Barbieri (Massimo De Carlo), Massimo Di Carlo (Galleria dello Scudo), Francesca Kaufmann (kaufmann repetto), Massimo Minini, Franco Noero and Carlo Orsi that this initiative came to life. The concept as a whole is the brainchild of Lorenzo Fiaschi, president of ITALICS, and Pepi Marchetti Franchi, vice president of ITALICS, who came up with the idea in the spring of 2020 together with the other founding members.

‘HUMAN’, Anthony Gormley, installazione a Forte di Belvedere, Firenze, 2015. Courtesy Galleria Continua and White Cube. Photo Pietro Savorelli

The digital editorial platform comes written and illustrated by the gallerists themselves. It spotlights the profound cultural experiences cultivated on the Italian territory by its most celebrated protagonists, exploring the extraordinary artistic heritage of the country. Through insightful storytelling and eye-catching photography, readers will be offered a sense of discovery and unrivalled access to explore Italy. Such an endeavour seems more urgent now than ever. Since cultural activities have suffered incredibly from the recent crisis, we must put the spotlight back on the vibrant creativity that still moves and animates the cities.

Isola di Capraia, Livorno. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo Pepi Marchetti Franchi

During the current pandemic, we have seen a proliferation of new collaborations and partnerships between galleries, artists, collectives, and more. ITALICS also stems from the desire to build a network based on mutual respect, collaboration and shared experience. The project goes well beyond that of a simple ‘diary’, or arthaholic guide, becoming, rather, a mouthpiece of a whole culture and dynamic reality that risks being increasingly overshadowed by the recent catastrophes.

‘Archi, sotto-sopra’, lavoro in situ e permanente di Daniel Buren, Villa Schifanoia, San Piero a Sieve (FI) 2007. Courtesy Galleria Continua. Photo Aurelio Amendola

The project’s authors invited 54 of the top Italian galleries in contemporary, modern and ancient art to take part in this adventure, creating a unique consortium. For the first time such a wide community of Italian galleries (63!) has come together to institute a proper system around a long-term project. ITALICS Art and Landscape is the first digital expression of the ITALICS consortium. An editorial platform that spotlights Italy and what makes it extraordinary through the voices of those who made art their profession, the gallerists. These will present Italy exploring some of the least known aspects of its cultural heritage while, at the same time, drawing attention to refined facets of Italian production. In doing so, it will offer an unprecedented view of a lifestyle that is revered globally.

For the first time a unified network of art experts will represent the broadest time-spectrum of art-history at its finest. From the ancient to the emerging time period, the gallerists will celebrate an entirely Italian vision, talent, and resourcefulness. The new body will contribute to artistic discourse across Italy’s cultural infrastructure, including institutions, museums, fairs and biennials.

Giuseppe Penone, Abete (Fir Tree), 2013. Installation view, "Matrice" a cura di Massimiliano Gioni per Fendi, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Roma 2017. Foto Ruggero Penone © Archivio Penone. Courtesy Gagosian

Giuseppe Penone, Abete (Fir Tree), 2013. Installation view, “Matrice” a cura di Massimiliano Gioni per Fendi, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Roma 2017. Foto Ruggero Penone © Archivio Penone. Courtesy Gagosian

The Consortium

A arte Invernizzi, Galleria Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art, Apalazzogallery, Alfonso Artiaco, Bacarelli, Bottegantica, Botticelli Antichità, Cantore Galleria Antiquaria, Cardi Gallery, Alessandro Cesati, Galleria Continua, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Thomas Dane Gallery, Massimo De Carlo, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Alessandra Di Castro, Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Ermes-Ermes, Fanta-MLN, Galleria Fonti, Frutta, Gagosian, Galleria d’Arte Maggiore GAM, Galleria dello Scudo, Giacometti Old Master Paintings, kaufmann repetto, Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Lia Rumma, Magazzino, Gió Marconi, Mazzoleni, London-Torino, Francesca Minini, Galleria Massimo Minini, ML Fine Art, Monitor, Maurizio Nobile, Galleria Franco Noero, Norma Mangione Gallery, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Galleria Carlo Orsi, P420, Walter Padovani, Giorgio Persano, Pinksummer, Porcini, Salamon&C., Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Schiavo Zoppelli Gallery, Società di Belle Arti, SpazioA, Studio Sales di Norberto Ruggeri, Studio Trisorio, T293, Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Tommaso Calabro Galleria d’Arte, Tornabuoni Arte, Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Federico Vavassori, Veda, Victoria Miro Venice, Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Vistamare|Vistamarestudio, Zero…

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