Fondazione ICA Milano is an institute for all the arts, an organism for contemporary culture and an ecological project for art based on the principle of sustainability and on relations between people, their contexts and the art world.
ICA Milano is a non-profit institution created by the will, the desire and the passion of five people who identified the city of Milan as the ideal place to start a project oriented towards and focused on contemporary arts. As a 100% private foundation, its nature and juridical structure provides a totally public function where participation and sharing become crucial voices for the project's success.
Since its inception, several professionals belonging to different sectors have given their contribution, leading ICA to germinate and to come to fruition.
The exhibition programme spans from the 20th century up to now, also focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary languages, where categories fade to leave space for an inter-textuality of thoughts and actions able to involve every kind of public.
Art publishing, ceramics, cinema, performance, music, seminar activities, formation and therapeutics represent some of the dominant elements of the ecosystem that ICA Milano will establish.
Its projects follow a participatory model where the public, the patrons and friends of the institution will work together with the director and curators, sharing the process of construction and organization of its different aspects through direct involvement
Why in Milan and why this name
Milan is the context wherein the richness of the urban milieu and both public and private initiatives have led to the development of different ways of thinking and to several approaches to the culture of sharing on the artistic and social level.
The metropolitan panorama already provides the existence of a multitude of initiatives that, in various ways and to different extents, occupies a planning space of generosity and cooperation between the citizens and their context.
The balance between the public and the private, the on and off relationship conceived between big institutions and smaller organisms, between the best commercial system and public satellite activities has provided Milan strength in planning and importance of thinking ability, unique in Italy. ICA specifically fits within the interstice that has originated among these different models: it is a an institution supported privately - by artists, collectors, art professionals and, above all, by art lovers – whose mission entails a totally public activity aimed toward research and experimentation.
The name includes the new Milanese institution within the constellation of the Institutes of contemporary art that have their cultural matrix in Anglo-Saxon culture where they originated in the mid-1940's: the first one was in fact founded in London in 1946 and still represents the main model for the following ones.
Explaining the institution's mission and features, in 1968 ICA London director Michael Kustow stated that If the new ICA becomes merely another cultural amenity, in a city well stacked with galleries, theatres and concert-halls, it will have failed. It must become an active presence, a focal point where a nucleus of artists from all the contemporary arts can communicate urgent and needed messages. […] A free space, in which the deepest questions that concern us as individuals and society can be explored in continuity […] a sustained enquiry into the roots of our present possibilities and discontents. After fifty years, his words still well identify what ICA Milano has to be.
Alberto Salvadori is director and founder of Fondazione ICA Milano. He studied Art History at the PISA University, the Reading University, Sussex University and at the Academy of Brera in Milano. He worked for the Galleria d'Arte Moderna and Contemporanea of Turin and from 2003 to 2009 he curated the catalogue of the collection Galleria d'Arte Moderna Palazzo Pitti in Florence. From 2009 and 2016 he directed the Marino Marini Museum in Florence and from 2007 to 2020 he directed the Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Florence. From 2016 he is curator of Decades and Established Masters of Miart fair.
Already a member of the board for institutions such as Polimoda Firenze, Istituzione Bologna Musei, Museo Morandi and Italian Council, at the moment he is member of the scientific board of the Fondazione Ragghianti Lucca and of the board of the Fondazione Pomodoro. Among the exhibitions and past projects of the last years there are: Tudo è scena artistica brasiliana contemporanea and Andrea Zittel for Fondazione Pitti Discovery; tra Arte e Moda per Museo Ferragamo; Utopie Radicali per la Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi of Firenze and CCA Montreal, The golden tower by James Lee Byars, Biennale di Venezia 2017; Liam Gillick film 2008-2018 for the museum MADRE Napoli; Francesco Lo Savio for MART museum of Trento and Rovereto; Bruno Munari at the Museu du Casa Brasilera of San Paolo; Giorgio Morandi Ideas at the CCBB of San Paolo\Rio de Janeiro; Marino Marino Marini at the Pinacoteca du Stato in San Paolo; Lynn Chadwick ath the Giardino di Boboli in Florence; Giò Ponti and Richard Ginori at the Museo Marino Marini; Pietro Consagra, Collezione Olgiati Lugano. He also curated the retrospective exhibitions of Sylvano Bussotti, Mario Schifano i monocromi, Hans Josephson, Charles Atlas, Simone Forti, Masbedo. Among the selected projects: Melotti guarda Melotti, James Lee Byars encounter Leon Battista Alberti, Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paiva, Yuri Ancarani, Deimantas Narkevicius, Jonathas De Andrade, Silke Otto Knapp, Francesco Gennari, Luca Trevisani, Massimo Bartolini, Tony Lewis, Fredrik Vaerslev, Pablo Bronstein, Michael Anastassiades and Simone Fattal.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London in 2013, specialising in printing techniques and artists' books. For four years, starting in 2014, she joined a Rome-based gallery, Frutta, and in 2018 worked as Project Manager and Studio Director of Nico Vascellari. From 2019 to 2020 she was Head of Communication and Assistant Production at Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples and in 2021 she was the Coordinator of SPRINT– Independent Publishers and Artists Books Salon, Milan and Gallery Manager of Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Since 2022 Clelia is in charge of production of exhibitions and events at Fondazione ICA Milano as Project Manager and Head of Production.
Chiara Nuzzi graduated in Art History at Cà Foscari University of Venice, where she also gained her Master in Production and Organization of Visual Arts at IUAV University. In 2012 she attended the first edition of the program for young Italian curators CAMPO, held by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and in 2014-2015 she completed the research program CuratorLab for international curators at Konstfack University of Stockholm, Sweden. She worked for several private and public institutions. She curated solo and collective shows in Italy and abroad such as Afterimage. Images of Conflict at the Galleria Civica of Trento and Rovereto (2015) and the exhibitions and events' program What Happens to People and What Happens to the Land is the Same Thing in Nice, France (2018). Since July 2018 she is part of the curatorial department as Curator and Editorial Manager.
Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi
Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi
Curator and Editorial Manager
Project Manager and Head of Production.
BBS-Lombard stp srl
Press Office and Communication
PCM Studio di Paola C. Manfredi, Milano
Luciano Giorgi LGB Architetti
Banca Intesa Sanpaolo
Magazzino Italian Arts
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ICA Milano collaborates with different professional figures from the art world:
the lawyer Ivan Frioni for legal advice and Franco Broccardi for the third sector.