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PIANO is a Franco-Italian curatorial platform created on the initiative of the d.c.a / the French association for the development of centres d’art.

PIANO takes a variety of forms, including exhibitions, events, residencies, as well as a website providing a forum for interaction and dialogue between all the current and future actors involved in the project.


d.c.a has already led a program at the European level called Thermostat (2010-2011), bringing together 24 French centres d’art and German Kunstvereine for various joint productions. Today PIANO makes it possible for various French and Italian contemporary art world actors to work together. For the first phase of the project in 2014, 17 organizations are joining forces to develop twenty art projects, some of which even fall outside of this Franco-Italian geography. In 2015 PIANO aims to extend the exchanges to new French and Italian art organizations, eventually turning towards Europe as a whole.

PIANO is a shared workspace and a polyphonic instrument that welcomes, at different rhythms and tempos, d.c.a’s member centres d’art on the French side, and a wider range of organizations in Italy: public and private museums, as well as foundations and alternative spaces.

In the spirit of the “prepared piano” invented by Erik Satie and later popularized by John Cage, PIANO encourages the novel use of cultural exchange instruments. With the aim of returning to the essence of art and constantly reshaping its creative tools, PIANO promotes plasticity in relations between disciplines, spheres and regions. Whether online or at large, PIANO aims to harmonize public and private cultural initiatives, combining their sensibilities.

PIANO, Prepared Platform for Contemporary Art, France–Italy 2014-2015, initiated by d.c.a / French association for the development of centres d’art, in partnership with the Institut français in Italy, the French Embassy in Italy and the Institut français, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati.

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