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Thursday, May 4, 2023, 7 pm – 8 pm

Quaderni d’arte italiana – an open window on contemporary Italian art

Where does Italian contemporary art currently stand? How does it situate itself culturally, socio-politically, internationally? What challenges does it face? The quarterly magazine Quaderni dʻarte italiana explores these and other questions. So far, five issues have been published on the themes of Italia, popolare, storia, identità, and comunità, with contributions from numerous Italian artists, curators, scholars, and philosophers. It is published by the Quadriennale di Roma, the national institution for the promotion of Italian contemporary art. Its editor-in-chief is the artist, journalist, and writer Gian Maria Tosatti, who is also artistic director of the Quadriennale di Roma. In his lecture at the Fridericianum, Tosatti provides an inventory of current contemporary Italian art, situates Roberto Cuoghi in this context, and reports on the network behind Quaderni d’arte italiana.

Gian Maria Tosatti, who was born in Rome in 1980 and now lives in Naples, studied performance in Pontedera, Rome, and Warsaw. Between 2008 and 2018, he lived in New York. His work explores political and spiritual identity, collectivity, and memory. Mostly site-specific, his artworks frequently involve large-scale installations conceived for entire buildings or urban areas and often engage with different communities. Tosatti is also a journalist and writer, contributing to publications such as Corriere della Sera and Opera Viva magazine.

Tosatti’s work has been presented in the Italian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022) and at Manifesta 12 in Palermo (2018). He has had solo exhibitions at A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town (2019), the Homo Novus International Festival of Contemporary Theatre in Riga (2018), the CCS Hessel Museum of Art in New York (2016), and the Museuo Madre in Naples (2016), among others. He currently has a major solo show at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan (2023).

Roberto Cuoghiexhibition has been generously supported by La Quadriennale di Roma and the Hessische Kulturstiftung.

The event will be held in English. Free of charge.