AlbumArte is an independent and non-profit exhibition space in Rome characterised by its international collaborations and by its talks and meetings on contemporary languages, offering to the public a programme of independent projects, free from commercial constraints and public or private collections. It is an inclusive platform for new contemporary artistic propositions by both Italian and international artists, presenting video art, painting, photography, sculpture, installations, performances, sound art, and promoting the research of young or emerging artists and curators.
AlbumArte produces videos and documentaries on contemporary art, while carrying on a programme of debates on major themes of culture, art and contemporary society. Among the ongoing projects: AlbumArte | VideoArtForum and Donne (non più) anonime – Confrontation on femicide. It has activated collaborations with institutions in Italy and abroad, including: La Galleria Nazionale in Rome, MAXXI, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Institut Français, the Real Academia de España, the Italian Cultural Institutes in Istanbul and Prague, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Mondriaan Fonds, the Slovak Ministry of Culture, the IILA International Italian-Latin American Organization, the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, the Nordic Artists’ Center Dale (Norway), MIBACT, the Department of Culture and the Department of Equal Opportunities of the II Municipality of Rome, the Istanbul Biennial, the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Paris and the Department of Culture of the City of Rome.
In 2014 it took part in the cultural twinning Tandem Paris-Rome. Since 2015, it is part of the network The Independent, promoted by MAXXI; since 2016 Lazio Creativo; in 2016, with three exhibitions, theFuori Quadriennale – 16a Quadriennale d’arte Altri tempi, altri miti; in 2017 it was invited as the only Italian organisation to the European conferences of Artists at Risk in Berlin and in 2018 in Malmö. In 2019 it was included in the research Le organizzazioni private dell’Arte contemporanea in Italia promoted by the joint initiative of the Contemporary Art Foundation Committee, Civita and Intesa San Paolo and from 2020 it is part of the platform Google Arts & Culture. In 2020 it won the eighth edition of the Italian Council with an editorial project that illustrates its projects with Italian artists and that will be published by Quodlibet.
The Association is supported by over eighty members, who mostly have a background in contemporary art, and by trainees, which include students from Universities and Art Academies, to whom it provides training credits, in order to forge relationships with tomorrow‘s professionals, instructing them and being rewarded with enthusiasm and new points of view.
A community of artists, curators, critics, Italian and foreign students and enthusiasts formed around AlbumArte, constantly animating the whole programme. Over time, AlbumArte has also been characterized by the strong presence of female artists and curators. AlbumArte also constantly engages in assisting women victims of violence by working alongside shelters and aid centers to involve them in artistic paths. Artworks produced in its projects have entered major collections such as Istanbul City Hills-On the Natural History of Dispersion and States of Aggregation (2013) by Margherita Moscardini (in the permanent collection of MAXXI) and Archivio (Tappeto) (2014) by Flavio Favelli in the Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Fondation collection. The film Khroniky (2015) by Lucia Nimcová and Sholto Dobie has participated in numerous international festivals.
AlbumArte was the first to present in Italy in 2017 Lina Lapelytė, with Yes. Really! (live performance, 2015) one of the three artists of the Lithuania Pavilion, winner of the Golden Lion at the 58th Venice Biennale and Adrian Paci‘s video The Column. Driant Zeneli also worked on AlbumArte in 2016 (the only artist in Pad Albania 58th Venice Biennale) and, in 2018, he held a meeting – debate with Teresa Margolles, special mention at the 58th Venice Biennale.
AlbumArte has published books and catalogs and has been part of international awards and competitions commissions.
All events and projects by AlbumArte are open to the general public and free of charge.
Founder and Project Manager: Cristina Cobianchi Scientific Committee: Cristiana Perrella, Adriana Polveroni, Paola Ugolini Project Coordinator: Fabiola Fiocco
Interns: Arianna Gabrielli (June – October 2020), Alessandra Monaco (January – April 2020), Alice Leone (Novembre 2019 – January 2020), Francesca Iaciancio (September-November, 2019), Giulia Calì (April-June, 2019), Benedetta Mirra (March – October, 2019), Miriana Ferioli (January-April, 2019), Ilaria Ciancamerla (January-March, 2019), Astrid Indiani (October, 2018-January, 2019), Rosa Valentina Raffaele (September-October, 2018), Carla Pasqualucci (June-October, 2018), Eleonora Ambrosini and Valentina Matticari (March – June, 2018), Gaia Caracò and Erica Pasculli (January – March, 2018), Ludovica Annesi and Daniela Franco (October-December 2017), Valerio Caporilli (June-September 2017), Eleonora De Caroli (March-June 2017), Alessandra Addante (February-May 2017), Alejandra Schettino (January-February 2017), Roberta Strani (December 2016-January 2017), Sara D’Onofrio and Maria Anna di Sette (September-December 2016), Carolina Gatti and Matteo Pisapia (April – July 2016), Maria Pia Bevilacqua (February-May 2016), Nicole Rubano (September-December 2015), Valentina Anselmi (April-June 2015).