What we talk about when we talk about Public Art

The video of the meeting What we talk about when we talk about Public Art, part of the series of art conversations curated by Johan & Levi Editore, hosted by Fondazione Luigi Rovati on May 25, is now available.

A multi-voice conversation to take stock of the many declinations that the expression "public art" can take. An ever-expanding concept whose perimeter needs periodic redefinitions, it refers to those object-based, immaterial or performative interventions that aesthetically rethink a given public space and that, by placing local communities at the center, are able to trigger relationships and connections between public and private institutions, history, individual memories and the social fabric of the place.

If in the past art was a symbolic key to represent the elements shared by the society that expressed them, in recent times it is increasingly an opportunity to give voice to cultural values or identity and social messages addressed to those who live in or pass through those places. Art, then, understood in its political and participatory function, capable of provoking lacerations and conflicts, and not least of questioning us about our paradoxical relationship with memory and oblivion.






Andrea Pinotti, professor of Aesthetics (University of Milan), author of Nonumento. A Paradox of Memory, Johan & Levi 2023

Anna Detheridge, art critic, journalist and professor of visual arts and founder of the cultural association Connecting Cultures, which published the volume Art in Relation. 20 years of projects and reflections on public space, Connecting Cultures Editions 2022

Roberto Pinto, professor of Contemporary Art History (Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna) and co-curator with Cecili Guida of The Relationships Beyond Images. Theoretical approaches and practices of public art, Postmedia books 2022



Cristina Baldacci, professor of contemporary art history (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)