The First Forum of Contemporary Italian Art Organized by Centro per l’Arte Contemporaneo Luigi Pecci di Prato

Loredana Longo, 2007


The low participation of Italian artists at the Venice Biennial has once again highlighted the difficulty of Italian art in asserting itself internationally and competing on a global scale. We have questioned the reasons for this situation many times, attributing it in turn to a lack of resources, political will or ability to create a so-called “system.” But what if the problem came instead (also) from the Italian art world? With this in mind, the idea was born of creating a Forum: a collective responsibility on the part of all workers in the field without the ambition of arriving at great legislative reforms or momentous changes, but to ensure that contemporary art takes on a prominent role, even in national policies.

As a result, the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, whose reopening is scheduled for next year, has decided to organize the first Forum dell’Arte Contemporanea Italiana (Forum of Contemporary Italian Art) to take stock of the “system of art in Italy” and undertake significant changes in the art system itself. It will do so by calling all professionals in the sector to Prato for a three-day debate. Museum and foundation directors, gallery owners, artists, critics, historians, curators, collectors, patrons, entrepreneurs, managers of specialist magazines, and teachers from public and private academies will try to shed light on the current situation of our art system, and to achieve concrete proposals in order to improve it and make it internationally competitive.

The Forum, whose organizing committee is formed by Ilaria Bonacossa, Anna Daneri, Cesare Pietroiusti, Pierluigi Sacco, together with Fabio Cavallucci, director of the Centro Pecci, will consist of a series of tables, each formed by a coordinator and several speakers, which will seek to propose viable solutions to a number of specified issues and themes. For example, the lack of shared strategies in the promotion of Italian artists; the complex relationships between public and private; the questioning of the appointment mechanisms of the curator of the National Pavilion at the Venice Biennial; the weakness of Italian artists in the international market; the lack of critical debate.

At the end of the three days the Forum aims to draw an initial summary, providing some “guiding” principles to facilitate  professionals in the field to build on useful tools in order to give contemporary art a prominent role in national cultural politics. It will be the beginning of a collaborative path animating a critical debate that has been lacking for too long. A path that will follow in the months ahead for those who share the goals and proposals made during the three days of discussion and debate.

Follow this link to view an interview with the director of Centro Pecci, Fabio Cavallucci, provided by

Main headquarters of the Forum: Teatro Metastasio, Via B. Cairoli 59, Prato
Public participation is free upon registration
25-26-27 September 2015