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Virtual Museums in Italy #part2: Contemporary Art

Mini-guide on contemporary art, collection of all museums, galleries and foundations that can be visited virtually.
From Rome to Florence, Venice, Turin, Milan, Bologna, Modena via Vicenza, Prato and Bolzano.
Against COVID-19, #stayhome but #beactive and #sharethebeauty!

In our previous story, we traveled around Italy, comfortably seated in an armchair, discovering the wonders of Italian museums inspired by classical art and ancient history. We went to Rome, its Capitoline museums, Florence with the Uffizi Gallery, Venice discovering the civic museums, Milan and Pompeii, walking between the present and the past. 

Today we leap into the modern and contemporary art, often different and eclectic, part of a cultural dialogue that concerns wider contextual areas such as personal and cultural identity, family, community and nationality.
 Contemporary art is also expressed by dealing with issues such as photography, philosophy or cinema.

Get infected by art!

With a smartphone or tablet to suddenly find yourself into prestigious rooms accompanied by important ciceroni.
You can wonder between Florence, Rome, Turin, Venice and Milan, Bologna, Modena .. passing through Vicenza, Parato and Bolzano.


The Palazzo delle Esposizioni offers a series of online exhibitions and conferences, accessible on the museum’s website and social media (@palazzoesposizioni). The curators will give voice to the current exhibitions , in particular Giovanna Calvenzi talks about “Milan. Portraits of the factory ”by Gabriele Basilico, and Daniela Lancioni tells about the monographic exhibition on Jim Dine.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @palazzoesposizioni

With the hastgah #PdERemix
the museum archive will be lighted with the activities taken from the operational notebooks and the scientific conferences of the Palace.
Only in Italian.


The foundation of Milan proposes the Pirelli HangarBicocca – Art To The People program through Instagram (@pirelli_hangarbicocca), Facebook (@PirelliHangarBicocca) and Twitter (@hangarbicocca).
It also proposes the #Playlists project on the new Spotify profile, with the musical advice of artists, curators and thinkers and #AskTrisha, the spin-off of the Public Program created together with the artist Trisha Baga.
Initiatives in both Italian and English.

Cerith Wyn Evans – Facebook @pirellihangarbicocca

With Google Arts & Culture it is possible to explore the permanent installation of Anselm Kiefer and take a virtual walk through the light installations by Cerith Wyn Evans .
Do not miss the Video Channels: interviews with artists and curators, the Making of of the installations, as well as videos of past events, including concerts, performances, visits and conferences are available on the Pirelli HangarBicocca website .
Initiatives in both Italian and English.


The Prada Foundation offers a wide cultural offer on its site and on social channels (@fondazioneprada).
With the ‘hastag #Glossary explores the Foundation’s archive, through archive images and videos, unpublished texts, catalog extracts and press comments.
Cn #InnerViews you can virtually explore the three exhibitions currently underway: “The Porcelain Room “,” Storytelling “and” K “. The visits will be correlated by extra materials such as interviews, images, unedited videos and focus on the works on display.
Only in Italian.

Galleria sud – Foto dal sito della Fondazione Prada

With #OuterViews you discover what happens outside the headquarters of the foundation, such as the scientific and exhibition contribution provided by important works from the Prada Collection on loan to international institutions and museums.

Only in Italian.


The proposal of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection provides an interactive route with insights on the lesser known aspects of the works displayed through the pages Facebook(@ThePeggyGuggenheimCollection) and Instagram (@guggenheim_venice).
Only in Italian.

Facebook @thepeggyguggenheimcollection


The Pecci Center has a web tv , that is, a digital platform for in-depth study and research that for four years has collected multiple video content related to exhibitions, collections, talks, performances, concerts, archival materials and all the artistic activities curated by the Center. The Prato museum has decided to enhance this service, presenting the “Centro Pecci Extra” program with which new content will be published every day: insights on current exhibitions, artist videos, archival materials mounted for the occasion, films passed in programming in his cinema, contributions from writers, artists, critics.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @centropecciprato


The Modena Arti Visive Foundation launches #fmavInsideOut with which, through site and social channels (@fondazionemodenaartivisive), offers a virtual visit to the permanent and at current exhibitions, with special pills and vision exercises to look at the works through different eyes and in their link with reality.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @fondazionemodenaartivisive


The Merz Foundation will publish posts and stories on Instagram every day (@FondazioneMerz and #fondazionemerzrewind) remembering the stages, exhibitions, moments and characters that made history. Furthermore, in the multimedia archive of the site it is possible to retrace the Foundation’s exhibitions and activities.
Only in Italian.

Mario Merz: disegni – Foto dal sito della Fondazione Merz


Palazzo Bentivoglio has temporarily transformed his Instagram profile (@palazzobentivoglio) into an online exhibition space, like a daily diary that the artist will create from his home to “dress” the passing time by presenting an unpublished work of the artist every day.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @palazzobentivoglio


Palazzo Strozzi, through the site blog , offers texts, images, videos, stories and constant insights.
The blog will be linked to the newsletter, which will inform of the contents in real time, and to the Instagram and Facebook channels of Palazzo Strozzi (@palazzostrozzi), which will offer various extracts.
Initiative both in Italian and English.

Mostra “Tomás Saraceno. Aria” – Facebook @palazzostrozzi


The Bologna museum of modern art MAMbo has launched the “2 minutes of MAMbo” initiative: videos found on the channel Youtube Mambo Channel , shot with basic tools and within everyone’s reach or remotely; looking for the hashtag #smartMAMbo, they will also be found on the Facebook (@MAMboMuseoArteModernaBologna) and Instagram (#mambobologna) channels.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @MAMboMuseoArteModernaBologna


The Bonotto Foundation owns the largest Fluxus and concrete, visual, sound and digital poetry collection in Europe and Luigi Bonotto has decided to digitize its collection and make it accessible directly from the web, with more than 16,000 documents including works, editions, books artists, catalogs, audio, artist videos and performances. Real virtual tours inside Casa Bonotto , through a unique immersive experience ..
Initiative both in Italian and English.

Foto dal sito della Fondazione Bonotto


Already active through several digital channels that allow you to virtually visit the exhibitions, the permanent and browse the catalog of its collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Bolzano recently launched the online project TeleMuseion , a reflection project on the themes suggested by the exhibitions currently underway.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @museion.bozen


The Cirulli di San Lazzaro di Savena Foundation will publish two pages of the book designed and illustrated by Bruno Munari in 1932 on social media (@fondazionecirulli #cantastorie) in 1932. At the end of the cycle of appointments, the complete volume will remain available online on site of the Foundation and on Instagram in the featured stories. In addition, with #TiRaccontoUnOpera, the curators will mutually explain a work taken from the Foundation Archive.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @fondazionecirulli


The Querini Stampalia Foundation deepens the knowledge and dissemination of its heritage, giving voice to collections, exhibitions, ancient book heritage thanks to the hashtag #QuerinINRETE and social channels(@querinistampalia).
Only in Italian.

Facebook @querinrete


Even the Casa del Cinema in Rome has created a daily schedule found on social media (@casadelcinema), with films visible in streaming and suggestions of great titles to discover or rediscover.
It will also pay tribute to great personalities with quotes and interviews; audiovisual materials related to reviews passed to spaces and insights proposed with the collaboration of critics and links to other institutions in the sector.
Only in Italian.

Facebook @casadelcinema


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