Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere, a publicly-funded project in support of the production of contemporary art by Italian artists, where Dante Alighieri has his very own section.

The initiative is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate-General for the Promotion of the Italian Economic System, and by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, in line with integrated promotion strategy “Vivere ALL’italiana”. Cantica21 aims to promote research into and practice of contemporary visual arts, supporting the creation of projects and their realisation, with the primary objective of endorsing the skills and work of Italian artists, in particular bolstering their relaunch on international markets through Italian cultural institutes and the diplomatic/consular network.

Through Cantica21, institutions and artists become part of the same community which believes in art and considers it a fundamental tool for expressing the contemporary world, offering a unique take on Italy today. The project aims to convey an authentic image of Italy, presenting other countries with a new, stronger narrative of our nation, by means of subject matters and values tied to our contemporary society. The initiative is also intended to support visual artists, in the aftermath of the health care emergency caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Cantica21 request for proposals is directed at artists who will become ambassadors of the Italian visual arts, revealing turmoil and intensity. The original works will be exhibited in a huge farreaching art exhibition to take place in Italian cultural institutes, and Italian embassies and consulates across the globe. A special section of the request for proposals is dedicated to Dante Alighieri, in celebration the 7th centenary of the death of the visionary poet who revolutionised the art and the language of his times, and who continues to influence how we conceive and create art even today.

The visuals of Cantica21, devised by Milan creative studio Leftloft, are another homage to the Italian poet. The project name comes directly from the Commedia, but also evokes the concept of a concerted movement originating in Italy and spreading worldwide. This flow becomes contemporary through the hypnotic alternating motion of a red and green circle as it expands.

The request for proposals is directed at artists or collectives that are Italian or resident in Italy for the conception and production of original contemporary art works. The call is formed of three separate sections. The first is reserved to artists or collectives aged up to 35 (including emerging); the second to artists or collectives aged 35+; the third will instead select works (no restrictions as to technique) dedicated to Dante Alighieri. Proposals must be presented as described in the request for proposals, along with the required documentation by 2nd November 2020. The request for proposals may be downloaded from the website

Updated 26.11.2020

The selected artists Under-35s
Camilla Alberti, Camilla (Oli) Bonzanigo, Letizia Calori, Emanuele Camerini,
Irene Coppola, Giuseppina Giordano, Nicola Guastamacchia, Agostino Iacurci,
Andrea Martinucci, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Rebecca Moccia, Leonardo Petrucci,
Paolo Puddu, Giovanna Repetto, Eleonora Roaro, Giulio Saverio Rossi,
Giacomo Segantin, Davide Sgambaro, Jacopo Valentini, Martina Zanin.

Nico Angiuli, Salvatore Arancio, Simone Berti, Francesco Bertocco,
Luca Libero Frediano Bertolo, Pamela Breda, Chiara Camoni, Cristian Chironi,
Iginio De Luca, Sara Enrico, Invernomuto, Domenico Antonio Mancini,
Elena Mazzi, Jacopo Miliani, Antonino Milotta, Valerio Rocco Orlando
Massimo Ricciardo, Giovanna Silva, Luca Trevisani, ZimmerFrei.

Silvia Camporesi, Leone Contini Bonacossi, Valentina Furian, Marta Roberti, Marinella Senatore.​

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