biography

Introduction

This biography written in the first person establishes the main points of my work ed elenca gli eventi, i luoghi e le persone con le quali mi sono rapportata negli anni.
Per una lista completo degli eventi vedere il curriculum e per approfondire consultare l’archivio.
 
The images that stand alongside the text represent some of the important places of my artistic trajectory. From the schools where I studied, to the studio-homes I have lived in, the studios I have worked in, the residencies that I shared, the universities where I have taught and museums where I have exhibited...
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Wit the "Infinite Painting" (2019)

In short

All of my work is a process of becoming, doubling. On the one hand there is the daily sedimentation of colour and on the other there is the thinking in relation to my work and its context. On the one hand the repetition of the artistic gesture is accumulated in the containers of the studio and on the other there is the self-reflexive story that opens in the site, shifting from diary-type writing to epistolary writing to trigger a contact between my interiority and the shared space.
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The home where I was born in Milano

Places in my Life

Apart from a handful of trips, my existence over the last few years has evolved in the same places. In order to work systematically and repetitively, it is necessary to stay around familiar things in the same places.

I was born on July 7, 1965 and brought up in Milan.
I lived on and off for a few years (1984–2007) in New York, and in around 1992 I chose to come and live in Venice, with occasional stays on the island of Pellestrina. 
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The family home up on the hill in Verona where I was spending the summers

Education

My education took place between Milan and New York.
From 1979 to 1985 while I was studying at the Hajeck artistic high school in Milan, I hung out at the “Casa degli Artisti” on Via Garibaldi for a while.
In 1984 I moved to New York to study at the New York Studio School. I then graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and in 1990 attended the New York University Master course in Studio Fine Arts for a year.
Meeting with the artists/teachers Carmengloria Morales, Frederic Matys Thursz and Angiola Riva Churchill was influential in those years.
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My high school in Milan, Liceo artistico Hajech

Artists

Evaluating work with other artists, visiting studios, sharing time, life and workspaces, and participating in residencies for artists and seminars is always an intense and assiduous experience. Over the years I have worked with many artists. Either I have invited them or they have invited me to participate in projects, talk at conferences and interact with students…

These artists include Carla Accardi, Marisa Albanese, Stefano Arienti, Francesca Bertazzoni, Luca Bertolo, Bil Burkhart, Simon Callery, Roberto Caracciolo, Francesco Carone, Lawrence Carroll, Ermanno Cristini, Enzo De Leonibus, Ghislaine De Montaouduin, Gianni Dessí, Elisabetta Di Maggio, Bruna Esposito, Diego Esposito, Paolo Fabiani, Paolo Gallerani, Mark Harris, Joan Jonas, Massimo Kaufmann, Marthe Keller, Joyce Kozloff, Andrea Kvas, Corrado Levi, Carmengloria Morales, Concetta Modica, Antoni Muntadas, Roman Opalka, Luca Pancrazzi, Lorenzo Pezzatini, Cesare Pietroiusti, Giordano Pozzi, Lucio Pozzi, Giovanni Rizzoli, Toni Romanelli, Paolo Rosa, Remo Salvadori, Laura Santamaria, Mariateresa Sartori, Luca Scarabelli, Ivano Sossella, Giulio Squillacciotti, Giuseppe Stampone, Ritsuko Taho, Jeffrey Throwell, Massimo Uberti, Eugenia Vanni, Grazia Varisco, Lucia Veronesi, Serena Vestrucci, Jerry Zeniuk.
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The "Casa degli artisti" in Via Garibaldi, Milan

Artists meetings in Venice

For ten years from 1992 until 2012 I coordinated the “Wednesday meetings”, which started in my studio before moving to the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. These meetings were only and exclusively for artists: each week an artist could show, talk about and reflect on their work together with their peers.

This is a list, in chronological order, of the artists who participated:
Silvano Rubino, Mauro Sambo, Luca Clabot, Sophie Franza, Maurizio Pellegrin, Cecio Casali, Michele Arzenton, Giovanni Rizzoli, Paolo Patelli, Claudia Steiner, Stefano Vitale, Maria Morganti, Dominique Pinchi, Interno 3, Franco Gazzarri, Marco Ferraris, Alvise Bittente, Marco Paties, Monica Biagioli, Gaetano Mainenti, Georgia Sagri, Luca Bendini, Daniel Banaczek, Fred Wilson, Claudia Losi, Roberta Iachini, Elisabetta Di Maggio, Corrado Sassi, Mariateresa Sartori, Steffi Jungling, Charlotte Ginsburg, Ken Hay, Claudia Zuriato, Carolina Antich, Augusto Maurandi, Elisabetta Zanutto, Diana Ferrara, Kuutti Lavanonen, Vittoria Ranghieri, Sandra Caroldi, Gaston Ramirez Feltrin, Luigina Tusini, Debra Werblud, Anna Benucci, David Dalla Venezia, Naomi Park Ji Sun, Daniella Castro Cano, Sara Ghezzo, Martino Sorteni, Matteo Bergamelli, Francoise Calcagno, Margherita Morgantin, Giordano Pozzi, Lilli Doriguzzi, Fulvio Orsenigo, Alessandra Chemollo, Antonio Scarponi, Crash in Progress, Gregor Kovatchic, Pino D' Ambrosio, Lucio Pozzi, Simone Lucietti, Jasa Mrevlje, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Crash in progress, Mauro Eraldo, Tobia Ravà, Anna Valeria Borsari, Lamberto Teotino, Joyce Kozloff, Gaetano Di Gregorio, Margherita Andreu, Lucia Veronesi, Daniela Manzolli, Giorgio Camuffo, Marta Allegri, Oliver Donadini, Laurent Fauconnier, Tino Seghal, Ajeet Prem Mansukhani, Cesare Pietroiusti, Michele De Marchi,  Michele Bubacco, Carlo Santacaterina, Andrea Morucchio, Uzla Ograbek, Felix Ruffert, Remo Salvadori, Guido Sartorelli, Giulia Zaniol, Alberto Garutti, Lawrence Carroll, Luca Vascon, Gea Casolaro, Marco Baroncelli, Debra Werblud, Jaakko Heikkila, Micaela De Favari, Lorenzo Gatti, Massimo Bullo, Amparo Ferrari, Simon Callery, Bruno Lorini, Lucio Spinozzi, Massimo Premuda, Claudia Stenier, Liliana Grueff, Emilio Fantin, Diego Paccagnella, Marcelas Cernadas, Jinny Yu, Angela Meglei, Britta Winkels, Anna Moro Lin, Luigi Viola, Nikola Uzuonovski, Angiola Churchill, Aldo Runfola, Katia Ceccarelli, Serena Nono, Tania Bruguera, Sebastian Zabronski, Julie Cook, Nicola di Caprio, Katja Noppes, Alessandro Capozzo, Marina Gasparini, Maja Baievich, Honorine Tepfer, Wanda Casaril, Amy Worthen, Enrica Cavarzan, Lisa Castellani, Gloria Safont-Tria, Maria Zanchi, Amalia Dal Ponte, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Federica Bortolotti, Francesco Scarfone, Progetto Morinho, Kim Jones, Dan Perjovschi, Ernesto Salmenròn, Jeffrey Throwell, Lucas Reiner, Stefano Boccalini, Stefano Calligaro, Marcello Maloberti, Susan Crile, Carlo Steiner, Sonia Rolak, Paolo Zamolo, Gerardo Balestrieri, Mario Bottinelli Montandon, Augusta Atla, Anne Walden, Martin Schwenk, John Millei, Michele Lamanna, Coco Gordon, Valentina D'Amaro, Stefano Arienti, Alejandra Seeber, Emanuele Basso, Laure Keyrouz, Gianni Moretti, Gianmarco Capraro, Petra Maitz, Luigina Tusini, Rita Maffei, Marjetica Potcr, Francesca Cottini, Alessandro Roma, Simone Lucietti, Vittoria Ranghieri, Ljupka Deleva, Deidre Kelley, Lorenza Boisi, Alice Guareschi, Bruna Esposito, Luca Trevisani, Nico Vascellari, Viviana Milan, Marta Dell'Angelo, Francesco Allegretto, Irene Gomez, Stefano Zaratin, Angelika Bock, Mauro Ghiglione, Luca Clabot , Diego Marcon, Peggy Milleville, Peter Feldstein, Vendaval: Pablo Alonso de la Sierra e Rocio Arèvalo Vargas, Laura Viale, Roberta Orio, Sergia Avveduti, Dominika Sobolewska, Gabriele Soave, Antonio Catelani , Adele Prosdocimi, Delfina Marcello, Olga Vanoncini, Paola Volpato, Mario Airò, Monica Trevisan,  Cristina Lombardo, Manuela Vallicelli, Uzia Ograbek, Primoz Bizjak, Enzo De Leonibus, Fabrizio Sartori, Marya Kazoun, Lia Cecchin, Marisa Albanese, Alessia Armeni, Giulio Squillacciotti, Giuliana Racco, Fabiola Faidiga, Luca Bertolo, Chiara Camoni, Nicola Hanke, Roberto De Pol, Claudia Rossini, Marianna Marchioro, Italo Zuffi, Renzo Brugin, Kaitlin Zorah McDonough, Maurizio Donzelli, Francesco Liggieri, Michele Sambin, Luca Pucci, Nicola Ruben Montini, Agostino Osio, Tiziana Pavan, Caterina Rossato, Patrizia Giambi, Arcangelo Sassolino, Pia Myrvold, Paola Ricci, Andrea De Stefani, Mario Sillani, Massimo Uberti, Nicoletta Dalfino, Massimo Kaufmann, Cristiana Battistella, Rose Frain, Daniele Zoico, Alberto Tadiello, Gabriella Giuriato.
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The New York Studio School

Seminars, Teaching, Workshops

The relationship between an older and a younger artist is another form of interaction, which I consider important. This has happened to me, for example, in the framework of art spaces devoted to teaching and workshops where, in this case, I had the role of the oldest artist.

I would like to mention, among others: the teaching in the painting course at NABA, Milan (2019); the Artist Residency at the Spinola Banna Art Foundation, in collaboration with the GAM Art Gallery in Turin, with the project "Diaries among Diaries" (2018-2019); the Visual Knowledge intensive lab that I staged for the CLASAV Master Course at IUAV University in Venice (2012); the workshop on painting DOCVA at Via Farini in Milan, (2007).
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Triennale, Milano

Residencies

Residencies that I took part in it include: Made in Filandia, Pieve a Presciano, Arezzo (2015); “Conservare il futuro” Palazzo Bonaguro, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza (2006); Art/Omi, Ghent (1997); “Le Genie de la Bastille”, Paris (1988).
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My studio-home in Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan

Exhibiting

I think of exhibitions as a complementary part of the creative process. Since 1983 I have exhibited in Italy and abroad in private and public spaces officially intended for art and not only, sometimes even exhibiting alfresco. I have often worked in highly connoted places from a symbolic, artistic, historic and architectural visual point of view. What I produce alone in my studio is placed in relation to other spaces, reactivating it differently and producing a new meaning every time. 
 
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Accademia di Belle Arti Brera, Milan

Curators

From this point of view, I consider my relationship with critics and curators essential because thanks to the dialogue with them my exhibitions always take on different forms. Many curators have invited me to participate in their exhibitions or included me in their publications and invited me to talk about my work at conferences, seminars and lessons.

They include: Giovanni Maria Accame, Cristina Baldacci, Marco Baravalle, Chiara Bertola, Andrea Bruciati, Riccardo Caldura, Cecilia Canziani, Daniele Capra, Stefano Coletto, Lara Conte, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Elena Di Raddo, Milovan Farronato, Davide Ferri, Gigliola Foschi, Giuseppe Frangi, Pietro Gaglianò, Raffaele Gavarro, Ilaria Gianni, Antonio Grulli, Carolyn Christof Bakargiev, Agnes Kohlmeyer, Angela Madesani, Helga Marsala, Simone Menegoi, Antonella Micaletti, Mauro Panzera, Francesca Pasini, Gilberto Pellizzola, Gabi Scardi, Marco Scotini, Marco Tagliafierro, Claire Tancons, Paola Tognon, Paola Ugolini, Giorgio Verzotti, Angela Vettese, Elena Volpato, Lilly Wei.
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The New York University

Solo Exhibitions in Institutions

My first important solo exhibition in a public institution was curated by Marco Ferraris and Angela Vettese at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice (2006).
Since then I have had various exhibitions in museums and institutions such as: “Il sostituto: lo studio itinerante”, curated by Elena Volpato, GAM, Turin (2018-2019); “Giardini squisiti” with Massimo Kaufmann, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese (2014); “L’unità di misura è il colore”, curated by Chiara Bertola, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona (2010-2011); “Diario cromatico”, curated by Chiara Bertola, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2008); “Leporelli”, curated by Milovan Farronato, Via Farini, Milan (2007).
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My home in Venice

Group Exhibitions in Museums and Institutions

I have participated in numerous  group exhibitions in public museums such as: “IO DICO IO”, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte, Paola Ugolini, Galleria d’arte moderna nazionale, Rome (2021); “ Le realtà ordinarie”, curated by Davide Ferri, Palazzo De’ Toschi, Bologna (2020); “L’emozione dei colori nell’arte”, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria, Elif Kamisli and Elena Volpato,  GAM / Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2017); “Èdra, tutta l’Italia è silenziosa”, curated by Davide Ferri, Accademia Reale di Spagna, Rome (2015); “Autoritratti, Iscrizioni del femminile nell’arte italiana contemporanea”, curated by Francesca Pasini (among others), MAMbo, Bologna (2013); “La fortezza plurale dell’arte”, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Umberto Palestini, Fortezza Borbonica, Civitella del Tronto (2012); Quadriennale, Rome (2009); “Kunst in Bewegung”, curated by Agnes Kohlmeyer, Kunstverein, Ludwisburg (2006); “Per una riflessione e ridefinizione dell’arte astratta in Italia”, curated by Giovanni Maria Accame (among others), Museo d’arte contemporanea di Gallarate (1995); “Primordi”, Triennale, Milan (1994); “La fabbrica estetica”, curated by Atelier Mendini, Grand Palais, Paris (1993).
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My home in Pellestrina

Pubblicazione Collections

My work has become part of public collections. Among others: GAM, Galleria Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
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Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice

Galleries

At the moment I don’t have an exclusive relationship with any gallery.

The first gallery owner to put on a solo show was Florence Lynch in New York in 1996. Since then, I have exhibited in numerous private galleries which have often represented me in art fairs in Italy and abroad.
These include: Otto Zoo, Milan (2010-2020); Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice (2009-2017); Galerie Flux, Liege (2007); Podbielsky/Rubin Gallery, Milan (2005-2009); Grossetti Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2005-2009); Galerie S65, Cologne (2005-2007); Plurima, Udine (2005-2007); Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (2005-2009); Barbara Behan Gallery, London (2004-2007); Studio G7, Bologna (2001-2007); Arte Giani, Frankfurt (2000-2006); Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris (1998-2019); Florence Lynch Gallery, New York (1996-2008); Nuova Icona, Venice (1995-2000).
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Artists Residency "Art Omi", Ghent, New York

Public and private commissions

Sometimes the work is stimulated by an external prompt that shifts the regular progress of the rhythm inside the studio. 
Below are some experiences I have had with private commissions, museums, collaborations with artisans and companies, institutes…
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Camden art Center, London

Permanent Installations

In 2017 I inaugurated “Svolgimento di un quadro”, a permanent installation, curated by Chiara Bertola, in the cafe designed by Mario Botta at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice.
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My studio in Venice

Companies and Craftmen

In some cases, I have worked with companies and artisans. Working in harmony with other research and work experiences and other forms of production have led to the creation of new connections.

The artisans and companies I have worked with include: Bonotto, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza (textile); Fiorenzo Fallani, Venice (silkscreen); Favini, Rossano Veneto, Vicenza (paper); Orsoni, Venice (mosaic); Zegna, Trivero, Biella (textile).
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Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

Theorists Issues

My relationships with theorists, philosophers, writers, critics, art historians and artists intended as an open dialogue about the work and the process, is central to the development of my thinking. The texts that many of them have written are a focal point for understanding my work. Some of them returned to study it several times, going deeper with new writings.

Over the years, a series of works have been published with the contribution of, among others: Stefano Arienti, Cristina Baldacci, Chiara Bertola, Mario Botta, Cecilia Canziani, Davide Ferri, Mel Gooding, Susan Harris, Paul Hills, Fulvio Irace, Lucas L’Hermitte, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Léith, Francesca Pasini, Lucio Pozzi, Rosella Prezzo, Raphael Rubinstein, Gabi Scardi, Barry Schwabsky, Marco Tagliafierro, Angela Vettese, Giorgio Verzotti, Elena Volpato.
I would like to mention other works that are as yet unpublished by: Federico Ferrari, Riccardo Caldura, Simone Menegoi.
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Castelvecchio Museum, Verona

Verbalising and Writing

Verbalizing and writing about my work is an important part of my process. Sometimes my publications are accompanied by texts I have written myself. Various reflections have appeared in magazines, catalogues, books and press releases, and I have appeared at conferences to talk about my work, believing it is important to contribute to its interpretation.

In particular, I would like to underline the work of writing, which is constantly being transformed, published in the ‘Self-Portrait’ part of the archive. It is a way of narrating to think, to think about a practice, an action.
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Via Farini Archive, Milan

Interviews and dialogues

Some interviews and conversations have been filmed, others published, and still others recorded.
I would like to mention:“Io sono il mio archivio. L’archivio come tassonomia, manifesto, autoritratto” with Cristina Baldacci in “L’archivio d’artista”, Johan and Levi (2022); "Avanti e indietro" with Raffaele Gavarro, Maretti Editore (2021), “Il marciapiede dell’arte” curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio (2021); “I martedì critici” with Helga Marsala curated by Alberto Dambruoso, Rome (2017); “Per strade maestre” curated by Stefano Regondi, Mondadori (2016); “Talking Art” curated by Egle Prati (2014); “Il posto delle fragole”, curated by Simona Confalonieri, Sky Arte (2012).
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Artist Residency "Made In Filandia", Pieve a Presciano (AR)

Conferences

Conferences, book launches, public conversations include: “
Prima dell'archivio: il catalogo tra oggetti concetti”, Conference curated by University Turin, Labont and ICCD - Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, Scientific coordination: Davide Dal Sasso; “Archivio contemporaneo” for “I SAY I” curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte, Paola Ugolini, GNAM, Rome (2021); “Tenersi per mano” in “4 x 4= 7”, curated by  Marco Baravalle, S.A.L.E., Venice (2020); "Temporaneità. Immaginare un sistema per tenere aperta la trasformazione delle cose", in "Il luogo delle muse", project by Cesare Pietroiusti, Mambo, Bologna (2019); "Apparire, disapparire" in the round table "Artisti e musei", Forum for contemporary art, Mambo, Bologna curated by Stefano Arienti and Arianna Rosica (2018); “Faccia a faccia con l’archivio” with Cristina Baldacci, Antoni Muntadas and Angela Vettese, Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2017); “Lettura per voci e silenzio”, with Francesco Arena, Luca Bertolo, curated by Elena Volpato, FLAT, Turin (2017); “Il colore succede, non si provoca” curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Scripta Festival, Florence (2017); "Uno spazio per i silenti" in the round table curated by Antonio Grulli "Le istituzioni saranno spazi di discussione e di pensiero", Forum for contemporary art, Prato (2015); “Pronuncia il tuo colore”, Women bookstore, with Corrado Levi, Luisa Muraro and Francesca Pasini, Milan (2015); “A diary leads to another” with Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Mel Gooding and Henry Meryc Huges, Camden Art, London (2011).
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GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin

Books, publications

I have conceived some artist books and other types of publications that I think of as places where I can share my experiences with others.
These include: “Diari tra diari” fatto in collaborazione with Elena Volpato and in connection with the artist residency, Viaindustriae, GAM and Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’arte contemporanea (2019); “Morganti” by Stefano Arienti, ed. Massimo Kaufmann, Pondus Edizioni (2018); "Nel buco", an artist book for children, Les Cerises Edizioni (2018);  “Il colore succede, non si provoca” with Jean-Luc Nancy, Corraini Edizioni (2017); “Mi aiuti a capire cosa sto facendo?” with my son Piero Pes, Fortino Edition (2016); “I diari di Via dell’Oca e di Via della Penna” with Matteo Nucci, Otto Zoo (2014); “Diario in trenta parti. Pellestrina, luglio-agosto 2013” with my son Piero, Edizioni Peccolo Livorno (2014); “Un diario tira l’altro” in two volumes. In the first volume I had my chromatic diaries flow alongside my Piero Morganti’s diaries and in the second I asked other people to participate, Corraini Edizioni (2010); “Storia di un quadro” with Barry Schwabsky, Corraini Edizioni (2006).
 
Among the personal catalogues and monographs, I would like to mention: “L’unità di misura è il colore”, exhibition catalogue, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, (2010); "Diario cromatico", exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2008); “Maria Morganti”, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2006).
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IUAV University, Venice

Interdisciplinary relations

I have always sought interlocutors beyond the artistic field just as I have asked people in the art world to relate to themes not strictly circumscribed by our field. I have involved a number of people and in turn have been involved in others’ work, contributing to their projects.
 
They include: Claudio Bartocci (mathematician), Roberto Beneduce (anthropologist, ethno-psychiatrist), Laura Boella (philosopher), Gianmario Borio (musicologist), Enric Bou (literary critic), Piero Brunello (historian), Annarosa Buttarelli (philosopher), Rosaria Caldarone (philosopher), David Carrier (philosopher and art historian), Marcia Cavalcante (philosopher), Davide Dal Sasso (philosopher), Alessandra Donati (lawyer), James Elkins (art historian), Giulio Ernesti (historian of the city and town planning), Anna Finocchi (art historian), Manuela Fraire (psychoanalyst), Nadia Fusini (literary critic, writer), Giorgio Galli (political analyst), Elisabetta Gesmundo (psychoanalyst), Anna Gili (designer), Bruno Giorgini (physicist), Oliver Karlin (writer), Vincent Katz (poet, art critic), Florence Lynch (gallerist), Lea Melandri (feminist, essayist), Alessandro Mendini (architect), Francesco Mendini (architect), John Mincarelli (fashion historian), Luisa Muraro (philosopher), Jean-Luc Nancy (philosopher), Matteo Nucci (writer), Luca Pes (historian), Elide Pittarello (literary critic), Rosella Prezzo (philosopher), Corrado Stajano (journalist, writer), Tiziano Scarpa (writer), Bianca Tarozzi (poet and writer).
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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma