NERO is an agency that works in the field of culture and the arts in a number of different sectors and formats. These include publishing, criticism, research, consultancy, design, art direction and event production, all of which are viewed as concurrent instruments to be used for conveying thoughts, ideas and issues about our historic and social present.
One of NERO’s prime objectives is to overcome the barriers between disciplines, bringing to bear new, multi-format investigations and processes of representation in order to create trajectories that go beyond the individual fields of knowledge. NERO juxtaposes meanings, forms, content, languages and positions with a desire to bring about a cultural discourse that is not self-referential but that brings into question pre-constituted categories, traditions and ideologies.
Founded in 2004 by Francesco de Figueiredo, Luca Lo Pinto, Valerio Mannucci and Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti, NERO started out as a free cultural magazine, but within the space of just a few years it had turned into one of the best-known and most influential institutions in the world of contemporary arts in Italy and beyond. Starting out from publishing, NERO broadened its horizons, becoming a key voice in the ever-evolving debate on issues concerning contemporary culture. It has acquired new expertise and skills that now cover hybrid forms of research, art direction, production, consultancy and communication for institutions, independent organisations and businesses.
Its activity is conceived as a compendium of various sections and types of action, each of which adopts its own precise format to investigate one or more aspects of contemporary culture. This is why, over time, NERO has acquired different forms, constantly reshaping itself by means of different production strategies and instruments with new meanings. It aims to interpret today’s cultural context and the constant transformation of the aesthetic, technological and social mechanisms that regulate it.
NERO has worked in the visual arts and cultural sector with institutions such as the American Academy in Rome, Artissima (Turin), the Venice Biennale, CAC (Bretigny), the Depart Foundation (Los Angeles), documenta (Kassel), the Fondazione Giuliani (Rome), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Haute École d’Art et de Design (Geneva), the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York (NYC), the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, (Rome/Milan), the Japan Foundation (Japan), Galleria Borghese (Rome), Museo MAXXI (Rome), MACRO (Rome), MAN (Nuoro), Nomas Foundation (Rome), Blain|Southern (London), Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (Rome), Galleria Magazzino d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Galleria Monitor (Rome), and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin).
NERO has also worked on advertising and co-branding projects with such clients as AltaRoma, Condé Nast, Club to Club Festival, Grey Goose, Delfina Delettrez, Diesel, Fendi, Four Roses, Maramotti, Marsèlleria, Mini, Motel Salieri, Nastro Azzurro, Nike, Pitti Immagine, Red Bull, Renault, and Vice.