Richard Artschwager

12/10/2019 - 02/02/2020

Mart presents the first complete exhibition ever organized in Italy dedicated to Richard Artschwager. This major international project is entrusted to the curator Germano Celant in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

With around 80 art works from the early 1960s to the first decade of the new millennium and designed as an open maze, the exhibition highlights the key mainstays of Artschwager’s work: from structures in wood and formica to paintings on celotex, from sculptures in nylon silk to the ‘corner pieces’ without forgetting the small horsehair and blp and environmental work produced by the artist from 1968 onwards.
Over a long and composite career Artschwager constructed a unique 20th century art trajectory with his sculptures and paintings, an equilibrium between craftsmanship and industrialisation whose end was an understanding of space, everyday objects and the people who live with them.

This Celant curated retrospective is an opportunity for an extraordinary journey through the work of an artist who rethought art’s object and operational field. Rovereto will be presenting Artschwager’s main masterpieces thanks to generous loans from some of the world’s largest collections such as Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Broad Art Foundation (Los Angeles), Tate (London), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris), Fondazione Prada (Milan), Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation (Basel), Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and contributions by some of the world’s most prestigious galleries: Gagosian (New York), Georg Kargl (Vienna), David Nolan (New York), Xavier Hufkens (Brussels), Sprüth Magers (Berlin) and Galleria Artiaco (Naples).

Corso Bettini, 43
38068 Rovereto (TN)
Tel. +39 0464 438 887

Gianni Pellegrini. Semblances in my eyes

21/09/2019 - 26/01/2020

One of the founders of the important art movement Astrazione Oggettiva, featured in a Mart exhibition in 2015, Gianni Pellegrini (1953) returns to the Galleria Civica with a solo exhibition presenting the latest developments in his pictorial quest.
Mostly unpublished or created specially for the occasion, Pellegrini’s recent canvases continue the exploration of light and colour that has characterized his art since his debut in the 1970s. The exhibition provides visitors a deep appreciation of the tireless pursuits of one of the outstanding figures in the Tridentine arts scene while reaffirming the cultural vocation of the Galleria Civica and its bond with the local area.


Galleria Civica

Via Belenzani, 44

38122 Trento



Tue-Sun 10-1pm / 2-6pm

Closed on Monday


Focus | Sara Enrico. The Jumpsuit Theme (Italian Council Prize)

07/07/2019 - 10/11/2019

Winner of the Italian Council competition, sponsored by Italian Ministery for Cultural Heritage and Activities in support of the best contemporary Italian artistic production, Sara Enrico is exhibiting The Jumpsuit Theme at Mart: a project with pairs up with the project of the same name in the Prague National Gallery.

The title is a reference to jumpsuits, one of modernity’s most emblematic garments and the idea of theme understood as a variation and improvisation on the construction principle. The exhibition is introduced by a selection of research sources kept at the Archivio del '900 and refers to two modernist tailoring exponents: Ernesto Thayaht (1893-1959), inventor of the TuTa in 1919, and stylist Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975), precursor of a fashion revolution which contributed to women’s emancipation.
Protagonists of a cement sculpture in anthropomorphic forms and five large format prints: scans of a wooden element moved during the digital acquisition process which suggest a scenic space in the museum’s rooms.

Project winner of the 4th edition of Italian Council (2018), a competition conceived by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) – an organism of the Italian Ministery for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to promote Italian contemporary art in the world.
In collaboration with Národní galerie v Praze.

Everyday Life Global Economy and Contemporary Image

31/05/2019 - 01/09/2019

Set up to dialogue with the Trento Festival dell’Economia, Everyday Life examines the theme of a Trentino event now on its 14th edition: globalisation, nationalism and representation.
At a historic juncture like the present one, with its continual and chaotic exposure to images produced and disseminated at growing speed, the vision technologies generate more or less realistic images which influence cultural and social mores. From open data to propaganda, even political, economic and social themes are dealt with in stereotyped and banalised ways.
This Galleria Civica exhibition develops this theme by enquiring into socio-economic phenomena and changes via the most recent photographic research, video installations and specific topic interventions. There is work from the great international masters from the Mart Collection on show such as Andreas Gursky, Fischli & Weiss, Shirin Neshat and Wolfgang Tillmans, made in the 1990s when globalisation processes were still embryonic, together with certain contemporary Italian centre stage players who analyse the contradictions and stereotypes of our times: Adrian Paci, Alessandro Calabrese, Brigitte Niedermair, Daniele Girardi, Dido Fontana, Discipula, Filippo Berta, Filippo Minelli, Giovanni Morbin, Hannes Egger, Ingrid Hora, Nicolò Degiorgis, Paolo Ciregia, The Cool Couple.


Galleria Civica, Trento and ADAC
Via Belenzani, 44
38122 Trento
T. +39 0461 985511

Face-to-Face. Mauro De Carli and Piermario Dorigatti

23/03/2019 - 12/05/2019

Master and pupil, Mauro De Carli (1944-2008) and Piermario Dorigatti (1954) are the protagonists of a dialogue between sculpture and painting that highlights the elements of continuity along with the differences in the work of the two Trentino artists. The Galleria Civica, confirming its commitment towards documenting and promoting the excellence of the local territory within an exhibition program focused on contemporary languages, has organized an extensive exhibition on the work of the pair.

De Carli attended the courses of one of the most important Italian sculptors of the twentieth century, Marino Marini, at the Brera Academy. Focusing on the human figure, imbued with the lessons of the great modern and contemporary masters, from Auguste Rodin to Alberto Giacometti, his work can be considered a synthesis between sculpture, painting and drawing.
Born 1954, trained in De Carli’s studio, in the nineties Piermario Dorigatti graduated in painting at the same academy: a "painterly-painter" whose works feature the importance of the mark and the chromatic material.

It is in the common thread that links Mauro De Carli's sculpture to Piermario Dorigatt’s painting that the exhibition finds the weft of the story it sets out to tell. The master’s work is represented by a selection of pieces realized in plaster, bronze and cement between the seventies and the early years two thousand. Dorigatti exhibits paintings mainly created in the last year specifically for this exhibition.


Galleria Civica, Trento and ADAC
Via Belenzani, 44
38122 Trento
T. +39 0461 985511



Passion. 12 Italian Art Projects

23/02/2019 - 08/09/2019

The exhibition will take up residence for more than half a year in the galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions on the first and second floors of Mart. Organized into different periods and sections, Passion is a major project dedicated to the VAF-Stiftung collection, the largest in storage at Mart.  Born of a great passion for Italian art, the German foundation has amassed one of the world’s most extensive collections of contemporary Italian works.
The exhibition is organized into twelve distinct but interpenetrating thematic areas in 20th-century painting and sculpture. The various sections weave a dense network of relations highlighting the many diverse expressions of the Italian artistic quest.
The exhibition includes more than 250 works, featuring masterpieces by the foremost modern and contemporary artists: Medardo Rosso, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Renato Guttuso, Ettore Colla, Agostino Bonalumi, and Giuseppe Uncini.

VAF Foundation Prize 8th Edition
16 March - 12 May 2019 | first floor

The twelve Passion projects feature the first stage of the prestigious VAF Prize, awarded by the German foundation to Italian artists under the age of 40. The winner will be announced on Friday, 15 March during the exhibition preview, which will feature the finalists in this year’s competition.
The participants are Nico Angiuli, Davide Balossi, Giulia Berra, Martina Brugnara, Nina Carini, Federica di Carlo, Andrea Fontanari, Giovanni Gasparro, Silvia Giambrone, Emanuele Giuffrida, J&Peg, Dario Maglionico, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Michele Parisi, Susanna Pozzoli, and Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto.
The prize will be presented this summer in Germany at the Stadtgalerie Kiel.


Ex post. Laurina Paperina | Rolando Tessadri | Luca Coser | Christian Fogarolli

17/11/2018 - 03/03/2019

A display focusing on the most recent works by four Trentino artists who differ in terms both of their experiences and their types of research: Laurina Paperina (1980), poised between references to high culture and to the society of mass consumption; Rolando Tessadri (1968), a representative of the new generation of analytical painting; Luca Coser (1965), an artist and intellectual operating on the boundary between the image and its negation; and Christian Fogarolli (1983), who is engaged in an investigation involving art, psychology and the medical sciences.
These are the first four protagonists of the new Quaderni ADAC collection, a series of monographic publications devoted to some of the most significant names in the Archivio Trentino Documentazione Artisti Contemporanei, which is active at the Galleria Civica in Trento.

Curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni.

Galleria Civica, Trento e ADAC
Via Belenzani, 44
38122 Trento
T. +39 0461 985511

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

06/10/2018 - 27/01/2019

Winner of the Leone d’Argento and the Carnegie Art Award, represented in some of the world’s foremost collections, one of the protagonists of contemporary art in northern Europe, the Swede Nathalie Djurberg has exhibited in the most important international art institutes, including the Tate Britain, P.S.1 in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, and Fondazione Prada in Milan.
For years Djurberg has worked with the musician, producer and composer Hans Berg, who is particularly well known for his work in electronic and experimental music. Together the two artists build large immersive installations, bona fide landscapes of the absurd that explore the dynamics and contradictions of our time. Using irony and paradox, the two artists stage biting allegories of the most visceral and grotesque sentiments: jealousy, revenge, greed, and lust.
Constituting the second stage of the project that involves Moderna Museet and Schirn Kunsthalle, the exhibition is the broadest yet dedicated to the Swedish duo.

The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet in collaboration with Mart and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.


Close. Not Here.

Paths of Tridentine Creativity

14/07/2018 - 14/10/2018

Close. Not Here. assembles in Trento those Tridentine artists – by birth or election – who have built their international careers elsewhere, in or outside of Italy.
Curated by the Tridentine artist Luca Coser, faculty member at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, along with the curators of the Galleria Civica, the project presents the cultural pursuits of those who dwell – mentally and physically – in an elsewhere that is not just geographic.
Born between 1943 and 1989, the authors live and work in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and the United States, and have participated in international exhibitions and events. The works on display have been created using a multiplicity of techniques and languages. The result is a story with a number of voices, revealing the heterogeneity of identities and creative experiences.
As in a journey, the itinerary is marked by points of access, of transit, for stopping and resting, highlighted by the layout designed by the Campomarzio architects’ collective.

On display are works by:

Cinzia Angelini, Carmelo Arnoldin, Fabrizio Barozzi, Marco Dalbosco, Veronica de Giovanelli, Anna de Manincor, Loredana Dordi, Piermario Dorigatti, Giancarlo Ferrari, Matteo Franceschini, Micol Grazioli, Flavio Marzadro, Valentina Miorandi, Andrea Pallaoro, Rafael Pareja, Matteo Peterlini, Mariella Poli, Matteo Rosa, Giacomo Sartori, Gino Tavernini, Antonello Veneri.

Galleria Civica, Trento e ADAC

Via Belenzani, 44

38122 Trento

Gianfranco Baruchello

19/05/2018 - 16/09/2018

Developed in collaboration with Gianfranco Baruchello (Livorno, 1924), the exhibition retraces the pursuit of an artist who ventured beyond the traditional confines of art, questioning cultural systems and conventions. An experimenter in techniques and idioms, Baruchello began his quest in the late 1950s, rethinking the pictorial medium, practicing juxtaposition, assemblage, writing, and reductions of scale. In constant dialogue with the innovative thinking of Marcel Duchamp, his exploration of new forms of expression ranges from paintings on various supports to the creation of box-objects, and from the editing of films to the performance of actions and projects on the environmental scale. The exhibition traces out an itinerary through Baruchello’s principal nuclei, exploring the space of the work and the relation between the real and the oneiric dimensions, employing a peculiar methodology adopted by the artist and the curator Gianfranco Maraniello.