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Vice Minister Sereni at the Presentation of the 16th Contemporary Art Day

“The absolute star of this initiative is the art system, with its network of museums, operators, public institutions, galleries, and artists. We wish to extend our support most of all to the latter, our artists”. This is what the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sereni, said today at the presentation of the 16th edition of Contemporary Art Day to the press. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Mibact) and the Foreign Ministry take part in this initiative, promoted by the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums (Amaci), by making their network of diplomatic and consular representations abroad available, along with the Italian Cultural Institutes, for promoting the initiative.

“The support we ensure for this project,” added Vice Minister Sereni, “bears witness to the Government’s and the Foreign Ministry’s interest in the world of contemporary art and promotion of the same. Culture does not stop, talent and creativity are alive and vital, and are necessary for promoting the image of our Country on the move, with its tradition and experimentation”.

“Contemporary Art Day,” continued the Vice Minister, “is also a model of virtuous cooperation between institutions. We have a common goal: to enhance contemporary Italian art. The pandemic forced us to look at our models for enjoying culture again, but it did not obstruct us in running our project. On the contrary, in part thanks to the extraordinary financing provided by the Government, MAECI’s foreign network was able to respond to our call to take part in the initiative, by planning digital virtual round table discussions, webinars, and conferences that could be attended remotely, which also involved directors of the Amaci network and artists”.

“Finally,” went on Vice Minister Sereni, “we will come out of this stronger. We will get back to normal and to enjoying art in the ways that best suit it, even if the commitment to new technologies is destined to remain, working side-by-side with traditional forms of exploitation. This will allow us to extend the range of recipients, and therefore the diffusion of art. This is certainly a complex challenge for the artists as well, but it is an important challenge,” concluded the Vice Minister, “that, with our support, and especially thanks to their creativity, we will be able to tackle successfully”.






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