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(Not Only) Contemporary Art in Italy. 2000–2014

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Courtesy Quadriennale di Roma

Curators Laura Barreca and Costanza Paissan join New Museum Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni in conversation for the release of Terrazza: Artists, Stories, Places in Italy in the 2000s (Marsilio Editori). Terrazza is the first atlas of contemporary art in Italy after the year 2000 and includes a wealth of information and images, with accompanying texts by four new-generation curators: Laura Barreca, Andrea Lissoni, Luca Lo Pinto, and Costanza Paissan.

The book tackles a broad range of questions related to contemporary Italian art: Which spaces generated the most creative energy from 2000 onward? How have artists’ training and recognition changed in recent years? Who is the audience for contemporary Italian art? What production formulas have proven to be most effective for Italian artists? Which group shows have succeeded in putting forward the most interesting and innovative positions? How has information and communication changed when it comes to talking and writing about contemporary art in Italy?

The book is divided into two sections: The first, “Histories, places,” offers a round-up, in chronological order, of more than 150 institutions, spaces, and associations that affect contemporary visual culture in Italy, including academies, universities, artists’ studios, archives, artist-run spaces, collectives, non-profit spaces, grants and awards, publishing houses, festivals, foundations, galleries, public art projects, residences, magazines and blogs, group shows, and museums. The second part, “Artists,” focuses on sixty artists whose works are emblematic of new inclinations, directions, and undercurrents in young Italian art.

The book is the outcome of two years of work and was commissioned by the Quadriennale di Roma, the Italian state institution entrusted with the promotion of Italian contemporary art.


This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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