IEPlus: Italy’s Intesa Sanpaolo unveils exhibition ‘Cantiere del ‘900

Italy’s bank Intesa Sanpaolo has launched a new exhibition venue in the historical headquarters of Banca Commerciale Italiana.

In Milan, the building is located in Piazza della Scala (in the picture), and has been selected to be the venue for an open project aimed at presenting Intesa Sanpaolo’s twentieth century collections, Cantiere del ‘900.

It is designed to act as both an exhibition area and a cultural centre for the city.

“The opening of Cantiere del ‘900 represents an essential step in the active and concrete commitment of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group to art and culture. In fact, a bank’s role is to contribute not only to the economic but also the cultural and social growth of its local area and therefore, overall, of the country,” the bank said.

Curated by Francesco Tedeschi, this opening exhibition offers a selection of the most important works by leading artists and movements in Italian art of the second half of the last century, and includes 189 artworks among which paintings, sculpture, photographs and other art techniques explored in the last century.

“The choice of the term ‘worksite’ seeks to give a concrete idea of a space open to a range of uses and interpretations: a place emblematic of an on-going project, as well as an opportunity for in-depth study and research,” Tedeschi said.

He added: “This new section of the museum is dedicated to the art of a period that is still relatively recent, in which the present day is rooted and whose history is outlined in the consciousness of its leading artists and general forms, but which can be subject to reinterpretations by virtue of its bearing witness to a particularly varied and complex era, represented in an exemplary fashion by the over 3,000 twentieth century works in the Intesa Sanpaolo collections”.

More in general, in the art field, Intesa Sanpaolo has launched the cultural project ‘Progetto Cultura’. It is a multi-year programme, renewed every three years, according to which the bank sets different cultural initiatives.

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