Italian museums, art galleries, foundations and fairs respond to COVID-19

Italian museums, art galleries, foundations and fairs respond to COVID-19


April 3, 2020
Italian museums, art galleries, foundations and fairs respond to COVID-19
Answering the call of #iorestoacasa

The organizations collected here have joined the #iorestoacasa social campaign by promoting virtual initiatives with the aim of establishing a stronger dialogue with the public and jointly fighting the spread of COVID-19. Their new digital programs range in topic and approach: from deep dives into the archive to daily art lessons for kids, from artists’ responses to the crisis to new ways to find community through art, these organizations have re-purposed their websites and social media channels to ensure that art remain a relavent, productive, and positive force during these challenging times.

In response to the ongoing crisis, we will continue to compile and distribute an array of online projects and institutional responses from around the world. Please stay tuned for upcoming collections. 


GAMeC, Bergamo
Radio GAMeC is the new platform for the live streaming of the GAMeC in Bergamo, available for the moment on the social channels of the museum, but also soon “on air.” A dimension in which to share testimonies from one of the Italian cities most dramatically hit by the current health emergency, and at the same time, designed to shift the point of focus to stories from around the world. 

Every day at 11:30am (CEST), literary and cultural critic Leonardo Merlini, Milanese head of the Italian press agency Askanews, interviews two guests live from the GAMeC Instagram page: half an hour of information and analysis featuring news, art, literature and society, with both Italian and international voices.

Instagram: @gamec_bergamo

Centro Per L’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci - Prato
With the museum closed since March 8, we are determined to stay active and have a voice. Centro Pecci Extra is a program conceived to maintain contact with our community. We will continue sharing our program online, in an attempt to overcome anxiety and loneliness through the exercise of thought and imagination. Each day, new content is uploaded on our web tv—rare materials from the archive, insights on current exhibitions and works from the collection, artist videos, contributions from writers, artists, critics, and more. Also, to mark the passing of time and send a signal of vitality and resistance into the physical world, each week a new artist’s flag, created by an acclaimed Italian artist, will be raised on a flagpole outside the museum. Stay strong.


#TeleMuseion is a series of online initiatives made available to the public at this time of lockdown. Under the slogan #TheShowsGoOn, a number of video and audio works from the current shows can be accessed directly online, accompanied by content created by MUSEION’s curators, whilst #MuseionCalling invites the different artists involved in the museum’s exhibitions and projects to recount their experiences of this lockdown. For those who want to #TakePart actively, there are random poetry and creative writing workshops plus a series of activities for children at home, all inspired by the current exhibitions.


ar/ge KUNST
R for Resonance
Ho Tzu Nyen
February 21–May 9, 2020
Curated by Emanuele Guidi

ar/ge kunst and Ho Tzu Nyen are providing access to materials which, through an intimate practice of listening, reading and watching, cast light on the various layers and implications of the research that informs the exhibition R for Resonance

See our website for links to the following materials:
The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Website (
–A conversation between artist Ho Tzu Nyen and ar/ge kunst artistic director Emanuele Guidi (link).
–Wall text of The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, specifically edited for the exhibition, translated into German and Italian. (link)

Facebook: @argekunstBolzanoBozen

Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
Viaggi da camera

An online project for the website and social networks of the Foundation
from March 27, 2020

Viaggi da camera [Chamber Journeys] is an online project launched by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi which brings together and distributes images, videos, and texts chosen by artists, who were invited to narrate their own private domestic space. Every day, from March 27, a new contribution will be published on the website and the social channels of the Foundation.

Inspired by the famous 18th century novel by Xavier De Maistre Voyage Around my Room—written during a forced confinement of 42 days in a room in Turin—Viaggi da camera invites artists to open the doors to their own rooms, both real and imaginary.


Nomas Foundation
Is This A Painting?
A virtual exhibition curated by Raffaella Frascarelli

30 artists from the Nomas Foundation collection are gathered in the virtual exhibition Is This A Painting? Preventing freedom enjoyed as an axiomatic truth, the pandemic virus is halting capitalism. Jackson Pollock’s historical doubt evokes modern Masters of Suspicion, yet while the global subject should deepen its understanding of big data, algorithms, reality, desire, limits, solidarity, and responsibility, Julien Bismuth’s Hiaitsiihi of Untitled (Pirahã) (2016-19) suggest a non-extractive osmotic relationship with the world. The political and economic-financial global community can continue in the wake of capitalism. Otherwise, it can achieve the dream of abundance, which modernity has always promised.


Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Venice 
Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana trusts the voice of teenagers to spread culture in digital forms. Every day the social media accounts of the institution publish content selected from the online digital library Built over the years by the teenagers participating in the programme PalazzoGrassiTeens, this educational tool allows young visitors to discover artists and works from the Pinault Collection through interpretations provided by their peers. 

A call to action invites the public to reflect on their daily life, turning it into something extraordinary, posting images or stories that portray their daily lives, but with creativity! 

Finally, the institution is working on a programme of online workshops for all ages developed with partners active in different fields, from design to writing. 

Facebook: @palazzograssi
Instagram: @palazzo_grassi

Artissima, Turin 
Artissima launches /ge·ne·a·lo·gì·a/, a virtual initiative that will exist on the Instagram profile of the fair, which aims to build a “family tree” of contemporary Italian art day by day. Starting March 18, every day an artist chosen from among those who presented their works in the Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente at Artissima 2017 will be called to indicate in the Italian panorama two artists to whom he feels particularly tied, electing one as one’s ideal ancestor and one as one’s descendant. This widens the digital history the fair started with projects such as #ArtissimaRewind and #ArtissimaStories. 

Instagram: @ArtissimaFair

Museo MAN, Nuoro 
The Museo MAN in Nuoro launches an unprecedented virtual project from Monday, March 30 to Monday, May 11, 2020: the Quarantine Diary, a contest that invites children, students and adults to develop and share a personal vision of these times, using writing, design, photography, or music. Prizes include free admission tickets and catalogues to be chosen from the bookshop. In addition, every Thursday at 4pm on Instagram and Facebook, MAN offers virtual creative workshops for children and teenagers. 


Facebook: @museoman
Instagram: @man_museo

PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan 
PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan responds to the call #museichiusimuseiaperti and #iorestoacasa, by launching PAC Digital Family Labs, short videos designed as an online extension of the workshops for families that the Milanese space organizes during its exhibitions. The first series starts from a comparison between two artists, one of whom has exhibited at the PAC, using a specticif work or particular technique to inspire collaborative experimentation and play. The workshops will be weekly and visible on Youtube. 

Facebook: @pacmilano

ICA Milano, Milan 
From April 1 until May 3, 2020, ICA Milano offers a virtual way to introduce and involve the public in the exhibition Ominous, Glamorous, Momentous, Ridiculous, the first solo show in Italy by the American video artist and director Charles Atlas. Thanks to a calendar of unpublished content that will be released on its Instagram and Facebook channels, ICA Milano begins a virtual journey, starting from the life and collaborations of Charles Atlas with the world of dance and performance. The program will examine the exhibited works, returning an in-depth and emotional look at the exhibition, with the desire to overcome the physical distance with the public. 

Facebook: @ICAmilano
Instagram: @ica_milano

Fondazione Merz, Turin 
Reaching its 15th anniversary on April 29, Fondazione Merz retraces the Foundation’s years of activity through Instagram using the tagline #FondazioneMerzRewind. The posts and stories will feature images and videos from the Foundation’s archives, including historic installation views, works of the artists exhibited, and a display of works by Mario and Marisa Merz. 

Facebook: @FondazioneMerz
Instagram: @fondazionemerz

Museo Nivola
Museo Nivola is working to provide spiritual and material aid to citizens and artists. 
Museo Nivola is generally a non-collecting institution. However, we believe that artists, a fundamental part of our communities, need our support right now. We are thus launching BACK_UP, an acquisition program focusing on young local artists. At the end of the emergency the artworks will be exhibited and auctioned to raise funds for charitable organizations.
 Furthermore, the museum is supporting teachers and parents in engaging kids and grown-ups in creative activities and using the social channels to invite people to shared responsibility.


Pirelli HangarBicocca
#ArtToThePeople. Pirelli HangarBicocca, its exhibition spaces may be temporarily closed, but its doors remain wide open on its social media channels and website. The institution has expanded the selection of digital content to keep art open and accessible to all: artists’ contributions and new projects, including music playlists and creative ideas, street views and in-depth analyses.

You can visit the website to discover more and go through the contents of our Video Channel, which unveils interviews with artists and curators, the “making of” of exhibitions, together with videos of our past events, such as concerts, performances, tours, and talks.


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