Contemporary Art Day 2019

12 October: free admission and many events at the Mart, the Galleria Civica, and other museums and galleries in Trentino

[ Mart, Rovereto]

The 15th Day of Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art, the great event organized annually by AMACI to bring the art of our era to the general public will be held on Saturday, 12 October 2019. Now in its fifteenth year, once again the Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art will open the doors of 24 AMACI museums free of charge, along with about a thousand institutions throughout Italy and abroad to present artists and new ideas through exhibitions, workshops, events and conferences. This is a multiform programme that, year after year, has given the general public an opportunity to experience from up close the complex and lively world of contemporary art, making the event organized by AMACI the annual appointment that officially opens the art season in Italy.

Thanks to the collaboration of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to the support and coordination of the DGAAP of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes abroad will organize events for the enhancement of contemporary Italian art and culture.


Contemporary Art Day at the Mart: free admission on 12 October to the museum of Modern Art and the Botta museum of Rovereto, and to the Galleria Civica of Trento.

Gianni Pellegrini in Trento

Gianni Pellegrini (1953) returns to the Galleria Civica with a solo exhibition presenting the latest developments in his pictorial quest.

Mostly unpublished or created specially for the occasion, Pellegrini’s recent canvases continue the exploration of light and colour that has characterized his art since his debut in the 1970s. The exhibition provides visitors a deep appreciation of the tireless pursuits of one of the outstanding figures in the Tridentine arts scene while reaffirming the cultural vocation of the Galleria Civica and its bond with the local area.

Focus Collections

The Mart heritage covers more than 150 years in the history of Italian and international art with a particular emphasis on the 20th century and its many souls: the avant-garde movements and Futurism, archaisms and metaphysics, the upheavals in the second half of the century and contemporary experimentations. Occupying two floors, this pathway through art history continues to grow and develop. Thanks to frequent additions, rotations, and Focus exhibitions, visitors will always find something new and different at Mart. Two novel juxtapositions of major artists will open to the public in autumn 2019: Gino Rossi and Arturo Martini on 4 October; Bernardo Strozzi and Yves Klein on 25 October.

Great international exhibition on Richard Artschwager, curated by Germano Celant

Mart presents the first complete exhibition ever organized in Italy dedicated to Richard Artschwager (1923-2013). This major international project is entrusted to the curator Germano Celant in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which will host the exhibition this coming spring.
Seeking to grasp space, everyday objects, and perception, Artschwager’s art represents an unicum in 20th-century art. The survey exhibition highlights the seminal nuclei of  the artist's quest, featuring works from the early 1960s to the first decade of the new millennium.

On the occasion of the Contemporary Art Day, visitors are invited to join a special guided visit by art historian and curator Chiara Spangaro (at 15.00), who has followed the exhibition and the production of the valuable catalogue. 

Free admisssion; seats are limited. Bookings from 14.00 at the museum ticket office (maximum two tickets per person).

For families: from 16.00 to 17.30 the Mart Education Area proposes Punto e a capo, a workshop for children aged 4 - 10 dedicated to the discovery of Richard Artschwager. Free admission.

Multi-location exhibition by Eva Marisaldi

One day exhibition dedicated to Eva Marisaldi, AMACI artist 2019. The Mart presents her work Altroieri n. 1 (1993), which evokes what could be the abandoned or inactive set of an artist, a poetess, a designer.

Talk with the Director

At 17.00 Gianfranco Maraniello,Director of the Mart, will meet the public in a talk about Giuseppe Penone, to whom the museum has dedicated an extraordinary retrospective in 2016. 

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Source: Press Office