9 visual art institutions to visit in Bologna

Coming to town for PHmuseum Days 2021? Here is a list of cultural institutions to visit while enjoying the first edition of our international photography festival.

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After the summer, the city of Bologna will host the PHmuseum Days, our first international photo festival headquartered in DumBO – an urban regeneration space where we will organize 1,600 square meters of photo exhibitions. Beyond the well-known culinary tradition, the city has a relevant cultural history that begins with the first installments of the third millennium BC and continues with the founding of the oldest university in the western world in 1088. If you come at the festival in september (23-26) we strongly recommend that you take the time to discover these institutions which today are involved in promoting visual culture.

1. MAM bo stays for the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and only 10 minutes walk from DumBO. The museum offers a dynamic perspective, tracing the history of Italian art from the second post-war period to today, exploring the present and tracing new avenues of art by following the most experimental practices. most innovative and exciting. MAMbo is the seat of the Institution Bologna Musei which belongs to the modern and contemporary art area, and currently hosts the Museo Morandi and its vast collections of works by the painter Giorgio Morandi.

Julian Charrière Temporary exhibition at MAMbo © Courtesy MAMbo

2. MAST Foundation is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on art, technology and innovation. Considering the new generations as the main target, the MAST Foundation promotes the development of creativity and entrepreneurship by also cooperating with other institutions, in order to support economic and social growth. MAST is the same foundation that develops the only Biennale in the world devoted to photography related to industry and work, Photo/Industry. If you come a few days before the festival, you can enjoy this Richard Mosse retrospective closing on September 19.

3. P420 is a contemporary art gallery founded in Bologna in 2010 by Alessandro Pasotti and Fabrizio Padovani. From the beginning, P420 focused on artists whose work can be positioned in the fields of conceptual and minimal art, mainly active in the 1960s and 1970s, who have developed a strong personal language but are still under -esteemed and unknown to a wider audience. More recently, also presenting artists from subsequent generations, P420 has endeavored to confront languages ​​belonging to different eras, with the aim of bringing out topical aspects.

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4. National Pinakothek is the National Art Gallery of Bologna is located just minutes from the Two Towers inside the former 17th century Jesuit Novitiate of St. Ignatius. Opened to the public in 1885 and completely renovated in 1997, it is now considered one of the most modern and important national galleries. Its collection, with its first catalog dating from 1827, includes works by some of Italy’s leading Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque artists, such as Raphael, Perugino, Tintoretto, Titian, Carracci, Guercino and Reni. . In addition to its permanent collection, the art gallery also hosts medium and large-scale temporary exhibitions, educational activities, seminars and congresses.

5. Genus Bononiae is a cultural, artistic and museum itinerary, created by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Bologna. It is made up of historic buildings, right in the center of Bologna, which have been restored and are now open to the public. To better describe and understand the “gender” and strain of the Bolognese people of yesterday and today, Genus Bononiae follows a route through the city and tells its story, its life, its arts and its dreams; it uses the streets of Bologna as corridors and the buildings and churches as rooms, blending into the existing institutional structure, and ensuring a complete link with other museums, art galleries, as well as with other cultural, economic and which animate local community life.

PHmuseum laboratory © Courtesy of PHmuseum

6. PHmuseum laboratory aka our head office opened its doors in September 2020 with the aim of creating a first meeting point between our online experience and the real world. Today it is a multifunctional space with exhibitions, courses, workshops, book presentations and a photo studio through which we aim to spread the visual language and support the growth of Cirenaica, the neighborhood that we hosted a year ago.

7. Bologna Cinematheque has grown as an international institution while being deeply rooted in the city’s local culture. A permanent member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) since 1989, and of the Association of European Cinematheques (ACE) since its creation, the Cineteca was designated in 1995 as an “independent municipal institution”. Audiovisual paradise, the Cineteca di Bologna includes libraries, exhibitions, workshops, cinemas and offices, as well as a photographic archive. Located in the most dynamic area of ​​the city, the Cineteca benefits from a close relationship with the nearby MAMBO modern art museum and the Performing Arts and Communication Sciences departments of the University of Bologna.

Outdoor cinema in Piazza Maggiore © Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

8. Laboratory Gallery has been operating in the Bolognese territory since October 2014, when it presented itself to the city with an exhibition curated by Marco Meneguzo, an iron investigation of Italian analytical painting of the 1970s. Since its creation, the space was born as a place dedicated to research and experimentation, always attentive to the dialogue between historicized art and contemporary art.

9. Ca’ la Ghironda Museum of Modern Art is a museum space inserted in an architectural context of the most recent design, in a 10-hectare park, a few kilometers from the center of Bologna. The museum, the main attraction of the region, permanently exhibits works by important artists, from 500 to the last generations. The art collection was born from the union of the works acquired by Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro (Archbishop of Bologna from 1952 to 1968) with those that artists, collectors or simple admirers, over time, wanted to give him as a sign. of deep esteem. Today the collection is an expression of an active dialogue between ancient and contemporary and includes works by Francesco Messina, Mimmo Paladino, Giovanni Boldini, Georges Rouault, Ettore Spalletti and many others. Among the works of painting and graphics, works by Renato Guttuso, Antonio Mancini, Giorgio Morandi, Adolfo Wildt.

For more information, we recommend that you visit Bologna Welcome.

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