If one works well in a potato field, the potatoes will grow. If one works well among people, they will grow - that’s reality. The rest is smoke. It’s important to know that words don’t move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains. Danilo Dolci


Fondazione Manifesto purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography. Each Fondazione Manifesto project aims to investigate and reflect on emerging developments in contemporary art and architecture, set within a European context. In doing so, we present local, national and international audiences with new aspects and forms of artistic expression.

In this way, Fondazione Manifesto aims to create a keen and workable interface between prevailing international artistic and intellectual debates, paying attention to the specific qualities and idiosyncrasies of a given location.

Inherent to Fondazione Manifesto´s character is the desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe, referring both to border-lines and concepts. This process aims to establish closer dialogue between particular cultural and artistic situations and the broader,  international fields of contemporary art, theory and politics in a changing society. 

Therefore Fondazione Manifesto looks forward to expanding its network and building creative partnerships with organizations, curators, art professionals and independent figureheads in Europe and beyond, drafting an interlocking map of contemporary art and architecture.