curated by Eleonora Farina
and Matteo Piccioni


Feb 19 – April 26, 2020

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A reading of the situation today through the gaze of art capable of recounting the contradictions of our time through past, present and future, identity and memory. A plunge into the most urgently contemporary global issues.  The exhibition features works by 13 of the leading exponents on the contemporary Italian art scene, winners of the first two 2017 editions of the Italian Council, the program devoted to the production, promotion and valorization of contemporary art in Italy and abroad, conceived by MiBACT’s Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity : Alterazioni Video, Yuri Ancarani, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Leone Contini, Danilo Correale, Nicolò Degiorgis, Flavio FavelliAnna Franceschini, Eva Frapiccini, Alice Gosti, Margherita Moscardini, Luca Trevisani, Patrick Tuttofuoco.

Discrimination and social exclusion in urban ghettos and city outskirts, in spaces of detention and refugee camps; hospitality, right to the city and sense of belonging to a self-organised community; dialogue with the recent past and bond with the history, memory and identity of places; not to forget culture of the landscape and artistic heritage. This and much more characterises the artworks on show.

The installation IncompiutoLa nascita dello stile by Alterazioni Video presents an atlas, powerful and at the same time disturbing, of the unfinished public architecture scattered around Italy. In the film San Vittore Yuri Ancarani investigates the prison and its architecture, his gaze resting on the relationship between the visiting children and their incarcerated parents. Two photographic works by Giorgio Andreotta Calò are on display, the result of the monumental intervention Anastasis άνάστασις which the artist created in Amsterdam’s oldest place of worship, Oude Kerk, thereby investigating tall aspects of the photographic process. Il corno mancante by Leone Contini is an imposing installation the video in which describes the impossible search for the missing piece of the sculpture of the Destroyer of Death, recovered incomplete following the bombing of Milan’s Castello Sforzesco and its ethnographic collections. The video work Diranno che li ho uccisi io by Danilo Correale is dedicated to the cinema and its role in contemporary society, investigating themes such as colonialism, feminism, class struggle and religion through the reconstruction of scenes from Italian films that have never been made.  In the photographs of Le Baron Chéper, Nicolò Degiorgis recounts the urban suburbs through the intensive architecture of Grenoble and its interaction with the nature that surrounds it, captured in the intimate, special light of evening. Memory, personal and collective history, a dialogue with the locations are at the centre of the work Serie Imperiale (Zara e RSI) by Flavio Favelli, the subject of which is two postage stamps from the series of the same name produced during the Fascist era. 

Anna Franceschini  
Yuri Ancarani 
Leone Contini 
Alterazioni Video  
Luca Trevisani  
Giorgio Andreotta Calò 

Inspired by the formal characteristics of the work of Carlo Mollino, the installation CARTABURRO by Anna Franceschini explores the psychological and social implications of the Turin architect’s gaze on the female bodyCome diventare un partigiano by Alice Gostia trained dancer and choreographer, recounts through the elements present in the exhibition, the five-hour performance she has created about the Italian Partisan ResistanceThe project The Fountains of Za’atari by Margherita Moscardini explores a diverse and possible idea of community and citizenship in the refugee camps through the creation of a system for the sale of models of courtyards with fountains she has created to the designs of those present in the Al Za’atari camp in Jordan. Il Pensiero che non diventa Azione avvelena l’Anima by Eva Frapiccini is a continuously evolving archive in which the artist investigates the intimate dimension of the work of magistrates, journalists, union officials and the police in tackling the mafia organizationsDream Republic 224 by Luca Trevisani is a monument to serenity through the images of artists invited by Trevisani sleep in Room 224 of the Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes in Palermo where the writer Raymond Roussel lost his life in 1933. Born as an urban art project, the neon sculpture ZERO (Weak Fist) by Patrick Tuttofuoco, a hand opening in a gesture of welcome and inclusion, is being shown for the first time within an exhibition space.

The artists of REAL_ITALY reread the urgencies, uncertainties and new challenges of a present poised between reality and virtuality, and MAXXI will become a space for the recounting and celebration of an ability to plan that see artists and public and private bodies coming together for a common cause, promoting the production of works of art and supporting the growth of the Italian public heritage. 

A book of the exhibition will be published by CURA.BOOKS, which is also responsible for the coordinated image of the exhibition.

Courtesy of the artists and Fondazione MAXXI, Rome
Photos by ©Musacchio, Ianniello & amp; Pasqualini


The fabrics in luminous fiber are the outcome of Buren’s research, the most recent and updated part of an original and widely celebrated creative career. Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo. On the initiative of the GAMeC
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Sharjah Art Foundation
Casino Luxembourg
Commissioned by DIS
Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
Fondazione Prada Online project
Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich