Art at the Center of Responsible Social Transformation
Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, located in a former mill in Biella acquired by Pistoletto in 1991, opened officially in the summer of 1998. Since that time Cittadellarte has constantly developed its structure and its programs, remaining focused on a mission that, to put in a nutshell, is “to inspire and produce a responsible change in society by means of creative ideas and projects.”
The organizational structure of Cittadellarte is made up of Uffizi [Offices], each responsible for a field of activity. In turn, Cittadellarte’s projects activate a tightly knit network of collaborations with other bodies and people all over the world. The main initiatives carried out on a periodical basis at Cittadellarte are: the event “Art at the Center of Socially Responsible Change”, consisting of exhibitions, conferences and workshops; the “artist in residence” program called UNIDEE (University of Ideas), currently in the process of being turned into an academy; the award of the Minimum Prize to the promotors of responsible change in society.
In 2003 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (MuHKA) devoted a major exhibition, entitled “Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte &”, to the journey that led from Pistoletto’s artistic activity to the birth of Cittadellarte, its activity and its network of collaborations.
For further and more up-to-date information on Cittadellarte and its initiatives go to
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