Young Italians

Young Italians cover

This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Young Italians, curated by Ilaria Bernardi at the Italian Cultural Institute New York City, September 25 - November 1, 2018. The book features an essay by Ilaria Bernardi and contributions by Claudia Gould, Nancy Olnick, Giorgio Spanu and Giorgio Van Straten. 

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Ilaria Bernardi

Claudia Gould
Giorgio Van Straten
Nancy Olnick & Giorgio Spanu

Karolina Chojnowska

Sylvia Notini

Agostino Osio
Andrzej Grygiel
Dario Lasagni
Edith Ballabio
Francesca Cirilli
Giuseppe Cicala
Göran Gnaudschun
Maddalena Tartaro
Maria Sprowls Cervantes
Matteo Cremonesi
Rossella Fantinato
Simona Pampallona
Also courtesy of: 
The artists
Cassina Projects, New York
Ex Elettrofonica Gallery, Rome
FuoriCampo Gallery, Siena
Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana
Galleria Moitre, Turin
Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan / Naples
Studio Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome

Publish Date
September 2018


Art - Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions

Magazzino Italian Art Foundation

Waterhouse Cifuentes Design

Trim Size
8.5 x 5.6 (21.6 x 14.2 cm)



Library of Congress Control Number 

© 2018 Magazzino Italian Art Foundation


About the Artists

Davide Balliano was born in Turin in 1983 and has lived and worked in New York since 2006. His solo exhibitions include: 39 Great Jones, New York 2018; Tina Kim Gallery, New York 2017; Luce Gallery, Turin 2017 and 2015; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 2015; Room East, New York 2014; Rolando Anselmi Galerie, Berlin 2014 and 2012; Galerie Michael Rein, Paris 2013; Location One, New York 2011; The Artists Space, New York 2009. His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including: David Zwirner Gallery, New York 2015; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York 2014 and 2010; MADRE Museum, Naples 2012; The Watermill Center, New York 2011; MoMA PS1, New York 2010; Espace d’Art Contemporain de Castello, Castellon 2010.

Danilo Correale was born in 1982 Naples and currently lives and works in New York and Naples. His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including Istanbul Design Biennal, Instanbul and RIBOCA – Riga Biennal in 2018; BAK, Utrecht and Wien Biennale in 2017; 16th Rome Quadriennale in 2016; Ennesima, Trienniale di Milano, Milan and Kiev Biennial, Kiev in 2015; Per-formare una collezione, MADRE Museum, Naples in 2014; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin in 2012; Manifesta 8 in Murcia/Cartagena and Moscow Biennial, Moscow in 2010; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul in 2009. Recent solo shows include the exhibitions at Careof, Milan 2018; New York 2017; Brussels 2016; Raucci/Santamaria, Naples 2015; Peep-Hole, Milan 2012; Supportico Lopez, Berlin 2011; Bergen 2011. He was awarded the 2017 New York Prize for Italian Young Art, Art In General 2017 New Commissions, and MIBACT DGAAP Italian Council Grant. Correale is the founder of the Decelerationist Reader and he recently published: Reverie. On The Liberation From Work, New York 2018; The Game - A Three-Sided Football Match, FeC, Fabriano 2014, and No More Sleep No More, Archive Books, Berlin 2015.

Irene Dionisio was born in Turin in 1986, where she currently lives and works. She is a filmmaker, a visual artist, and a teacher. She has a degree in Philosophy of History and earned an MI in Cinema and Philosophy at UPJV in Amiens, France. Her artistic production includes video-installations and documentaries presented at various international festivals and awarded numberous prizes, including the Premio Cariddi, Premio Solinas, Premio Scam in France, and the Jury Prize at the Cinema Verité in Iran. Her videos have also been screened at PAC in Milan, the Museo Berardo in Lisbon, and the MAMbo in Bologna, as well as in other international galleries. In 2018, she was the only Italian artist invited to the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement in Geneva. Le ultime cose (Tempesta) (2016), her first fiction feature film, premiered during Critics' Week in Venice: distributed by the Istituto Luce Cinecittà in the fall of 2016, it has been shown in numerous international festivals and was awarded a David di Donatello in 2017 and a Golden Globe also in 2017 as the best first work. It also won a special Silver Ribbon Award for the screenplay in 2017.

Antonio Fiorentino was born in Barletta in 1987 and currently lives and works in Milan. He has received several emerging artist awards, among which, the 2015 Talent Prize. Fiorentino’s work has been show in several institutions in Italy and abroad, including: MUSAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Castilla Leon 2018; MUNHAC, Lisbon 2017; ISCP, New York 2017; Swiss Institute, Rome 2017; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 2016; Kunst Meran, Meran 2015; HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki 2014; Centre of Contemporary Art Villa Arson, Nice 2014; American Academy, Rome 2014; Chung-Ang University, Seoul 2013; Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como 2013; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin 2012; MACRO Museum, Rome 2012.

Silvia Giambrone was born in Agrigento in 1981 and currently lives and works between Rome and London. She held residencies throughout Europe and the United States and was awarded several prizes and served as ambassador for Kaunas 2022. Her exhibitions include: Terra mediterranea: in action, NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus 2017; Corpo a corpo and Time is out of Joint, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 2017; Archeologia domestica Vol. I, IIC, Colonia 2016; W Women in Italian Design, Triennale Design Museum, Milan 2016; Every Passion Borders on the Chaotic, Villa Croce Museum, Genova 2016; ‘Suite Rivolta’, Museu de Electricidade, Doclisboa’s Passages, Lisboa 2015; A Terrible Love of War, Kaunas Bienale, Lituania 2015; Ciò che non siamo, ciò che non vogliamo, MAG Museum, Riva del Garda 2014; Critica in arte, MAR Museum, Ravenna 2014; Let It Go, American Academy, Rome 2013; Mediterranea 16, 2013; Re-Generation, Museo MACRO, Rome 2012; Flyers, Oncena Biennal de la Havana, Havana 2012; Qui vive?, Moscow Biennale, Moscow 2010; Eurasia, Mart, Rovereto 2009; Pandora’s Boxes, CCCB Museum, Madrid 2009.

Domenico Antonio Mancini was born in Naples in 1980 and currently lives and works in Milan. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and has been an artist-in-residence in several institutions, including the Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles 2006 and Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: Immersioni, Davide Gallo Gallery, Milan 2015; Altre resistenze, Morra Greco Foundation, Naples 2011; Transit 1, MADRE Museum, Naples 2009 and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo 2009. He has contributed site-specific works to group exhibitions including: Mind the Gap, Barriera, Turin 2018; Disio. Nostalgia del futuro, Sala TAC / La Caja, Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas 2017; Sensibile Comune – Le Opere Vive, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 2017; Senza Titolo, Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples 2013;  Prague Biennale 5 - Focus Italy - The Crisis of Confidence, Prague 2011.

Elena Mazzi was born in Reggio Emilia in 1984 and currently lives and works in Venice. In 2011 she received an MFA in Visual Art from IUAV, Venice University. In 2010-2011 she was selected for an exchange program at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. Her exhibitions include those at: Palazzo Fortuny, Venice 2017; Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels 2017; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin 2017; Spinola Banna per l’Arte Foundation, Turin 2016-2017; 16th Rome Quadriennal, Rome 2016; 14th Istanbul Biennale 2015, 17th BJCEM Mediterranean Biennale 2014; Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice 2014; EGE-European Glass Experience, Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Architecture Venice Biennale 2014. She has attended different residency programs and workshops and won 2018 Ermanno Casoli Prize; 2017 On Board prize; 2017 Thalie Art Foundation Grant; 2016 VISIO Young Talent Acquisition prize; 2016 Eneganart prize; 2016 Illy Grant for Unidee, Pistoletto Foundation; 2016 ntcm e l’arte; m-cult media and technology program in 2016; Special mention for Arte Patrimonio e diritti umani, 2015 Antworks Award; 2015 Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Prize; 2012 Lerici Foundation Grant and the 2011 Movin’up Italian Prize for young Italian artists abroad.

Luca Monterastelli was born in Forlimpopoli (Forlì-Cesena) in 1983 and currently lives and works in Milan. His solo exhibitions include: To Build a Fire, Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan 2017; How To Make a Hero, Deweer Gallery, Otegem 2017; The Close of the Silver Age, Lia Rumma project space, Fonderia Battaglia, Milan 2015; White - Endlessly Rocking, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan 2012; Open Studio, Centre d’Art Contemporain Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux 2012; Graceland, néon diffuseur d’art contemporain, Lyon 2012. In 2015 he took part in the 56th Venice Biennale, exhibiting his work in Codice Italia for the Italian Pavilion. Group exhibitions include: Ennesima, La Triennale, Milan 2015; Senza Titolo, Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples 2013; Braccia#2, Museo Marino Marini, Florence 2013; L’uomo ridotto, Brown Project Space, Milan 2010.  After earning an MFA at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan, he took part in various residencies, including: HIAP, Kaapeli, Helsinki 2014; Residénces secondaires, Centre d’Art Contemporain Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux 2012; Résidence Suddenly, Beauchery-Saint-Martin 2011; Triangle France, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille 2011.

Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari were born in 1986 and in 1984, respectively, in Milan, where they live and work. The former artist has a degree in Industrial Design, the latter a degree in Architecture, both from Milan Polytechnic. They continued their studies at the Università IUAV in Venice. In 2016 they had a first solo show in New York, curated by Vittorio Calabrese, at New York University - Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. They have had many group shows and their solo shows include: Galleria Continua, San Gimignano 2014 and 2018, and MAMbo - Casa Morandi, Bologna 2017. In 2012 they were awarded the Premio Regione Veneto by the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation (Venice), and in 2018 the Club GAMeC Prize. In 2017 they presented the public sculpture Filemone e Bauci (Philemon and Baucis) for the new ArtLine park in CityLife in Milan. They have participated in workshops and residences, including ones at the Spinola Banna per l’Arte Foundation, Turin 2011; VIR-Viafarini in residence, Milan 2013; Artista x Artista, the first international residence in Havana 2016. In 2017 they were the winners of a residency at Museo Carlo Zauli in Faenza, with a final show at MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche.

Gian Maria Tosatti was born in Rome in 1980 and currently lives and works in New York. He has produced cycles of works such as Devozioni, Rome 2005-2011; I’ve Already Been Here, New York 2011-in progress; Sette Stagioni dello Spirito, Naples 2013-2016; New Men’s Land, Calais 2015-2016: all these works have generated a transformation process for symbolic cities in which the artist decided to work. Tosatti has authored books and essays about art and politics and is a cultural contributor to newspapers and magazines. His work has been shown at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 2017; the Petah Tikva Museum of Art, Petah Tikva 2017; the MADRE Museum, Naples 2016; the Hessel Museum of the CCS Bard, New York 2014; the Museo Archeologico, Salerno 2014. Il mio cuore è vuoto come uno specchio (Palazzo Biscari, Catania 2018) was included into the Collateral Events of Manifesta 18. He was awarded the 2016 New York Prize, the 2014 Talent Prize, the 2008 Terna Prize. “Domus” magazine featured his permanent work at Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples among the best ten shows in the world in 2014. He was one of “ArtReview”’s Future Greats in 2015.

Eugenia Vanni was born in Siena in 1980, and continues to live and work there. Her solo shows include: Ogni colore dipinge se stesso e anche gli altri, Fuoricampo Gallery, Siena 2017; Il Vero colore del cielo, MAN Museum, Nuoro 2015; Rinviai la mia partenza, International Museum of Music, Bologna 2015; Sturm und drang, Marino Marini Museum, Florence 2012; Barbecue, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan 2014. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions, including: La lama di Procopio, works from AGI Collection Verona, Casso (Pn) 2017; Senza titolo (la pittura come modello), Casa Masaccio | Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Val d’Arno 2016; Che il vero possa confutare il falso, Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Siena 2016; An archaeology of the Oath, Fuoricampo Gallery, Siena 2016; La sottile linea del tempo, works from AGI collection, Foundation Museum Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona 2015; FuoriCampo Temporary Space, Brussels 2014; Cartabianca-Firenze, Villa Croce Museum, Genova 2012; PLAY-START, Pecci Museum, Milan 2011. Since 2016 she has directed, together with the artist Francesco Carone, the Museo d’Inverno in Siena. She is a professor of Visual Arts at LABA in Florence.

Serena Vestrucci was born in Milan in 1986 and currently lives and works there. She obtained a Bachelor's degree at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan and a Master’s degree at the IUAV University of Venice. She also won a scholarship from the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice. In 2017 she was the winner of the 18th Premio Cairo and she was selected by the City of Milan to make a permanent public work in the new CityLife district. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at several institutions, including: Gallery of Modern Art, Verona 2017; Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas, Palermo 2017; Marsèlleria Permanent Exhibition, Milan 2016; Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genoa 2015. Her group shows include Palazzo Reale, Milan 2015; FRISE Künstlerhaus, Hamburg 2014; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin 2014; Gallery of Modern Art, Milan 2012; Stedelijk Museum, ‘S-Hertogenbosch 2011.


About the Contributors

Ilaria Bernardi is a contemporary art historian, critic, and curator. She earned a PhD in Art History at the Ca’ Foscari-IUAV University (Venice) and a Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of Florence. She worked for the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Rivoli-Turin) under the direction of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and, previously, for the Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini (Turin). Recently she was the curator, with Daniela Lancioni, for the first retrospective on Cesare Tacchi’s oeuvre held in Rome, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in 2018. Specializing in Italian art from the 1960s to today, she also curated exhibitions about Italian artists including Rodolfo Aricò and Tano Festa, and in 2011 she worked for Florence’s Municipality as artistic coordinator of “Florence White Night,” an important event devoted to contemporary art. She is the author of the monographs La Tartaruga. Storia di una galleria (Postmediabooks, Milan 2018), Giulio Paolini. Opere su carta: un laboratorio gestuale per la percezione dell’immagine (Prinp, Turin 2017), Teatro delle Mostre, Roma, maggio 1968 (Scalpendi Publisher, Milan 2014), and she curated the book Arte e impresa published by Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Rivoli-Turin 2017). Moreover, she has published several essays in exhibition catalogs, as well as articles in sector magazines, and she has delivered lectures on Italian art and artists during several conferences in Italy and abroad.