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 graduated in Art History at the PISA University, where he also obtains the specialization in Modern and Contemporary Western Art History. He gained a scholarship at the Sussex University and the Reading University. In 2001 he obtains a second level master in curatorial studies at the Academy of Brera in Milano. He worked at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna Palazzo Pitti in Florence. 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. Among the past projects there are: Marino Marini, Fausto Melotti, Giò Ponti, James Lee Byars / Leon Battista Alberti, Lynn Chadwick, Francesco Lo Savio, Radical Utopias beyond Architecture 1966-1976; Andrea Zittel, Joao Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Yuri Ancarani, Matthew Brannon, Deimantas Narkevicius, Esther Klas, Jonathas De Andrade, Silke Otto Knapp, Francesco Gennari, Luca Trevisani, Massimo Bartolini, Gavin Kenyon, Pablo Bronstein, Tony Lewis. He is artistic director of Fondazione ICA Milano, Director of OAC, a project by Fondazione CR Firenze, curator of the Established Master and Decades section for the art fair MiArt in Milan and a member of the Italian Council committee board.
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, among these the kunstverein ar/ge kunst in Bolzano where she joined the team as assistant curator. 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 general secretary and the curatorial team of the Fondazione ICA Milano.
Graduated in Graphics and Communication at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin. In 2012 she attended the School of Visual Art (SVA) in New York and in 2014 she followed the course Art Museum, Galleries and Curating at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. She worked as a graphic designer for several studios and magazines in London, New York, Milan and Rome including Wallpaper Magazine, Vogue UK and Say Say Say, Inc. In 2015 she worked as Director of Project for Rise Project, an independent art project based in London. From 2016 to 2018 she worked as a Gallery Assistant at T293 and Erica Ravenna Fiorentini in Rome. In May 2018 she worked as a Production Assistant at Acca+ in Milan. Since January 2019 she is part of the production team at Fondazione ICA Milano.
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ICA Milano collaborates with different professional figures from the art world:
the lawyer Ivan Frioni for legal advice, Damiana Leoni for external relations and Franco Broccardi for the third sector.