Spaces Reborn. Collecting the Ancient / Installing the Contemporary.

Conversations in collaboration with Fondazione Federico Zeri


Four historic palaces, located in as many Italian cities, become witnesses to an evolution in the world of museography and collecting. The Fondazione Luigi Rovati in Milan, Palazzo Maffei in Verona, Palazzo Bentivoglio in Bologna and Palazzo Butera in Palermo, although born from different contexts and histories, share a common vision: the recovery of historic buildings in the heart of cities and the attempt to make contemporary works of art coexist with the figurative heritage of the past.

A dynamic coexistence that results in a lively dialogue between eras, generating a series of resonances and interconnections. From ancient Etruscan urns to the visionary art of Lucio Fontana, from Renaissance Venetian painting to Surrealism, from 19th-century design to the works of Tom Phillips, from Felice Giani to the site-specific interventions of Giulio Paolini and David Tremlett.

In this series of meetings, a group of curators, art historians and collectors investigate the complex issues related to architectural rehabilitation, aesthetic choices and permanent installations in historic buildings. At the center of the debate are different interpretations of what is meant by a House Museum today and how to integrate spaces for contemporary art within it.


The project is curated by Fondazione Federico Zeri and Associazione degli Amici di Federico Zeri, in collaboration with Fondazione Luigi Rovati.




Wednesday, November 8 | Bologna*

5:30 p.m.

  • The conversation takes place at the Federico Zeri Foundation, Piazzetta Morandi 2 in Bologna.
    Admission is free and does not require a reservation.

Fondazione Luigi Rovati


Monica Loffredo





Tuesday November 14  |  Milan

6:00 p.m.


Palazzo Maffei Casa Museo Verona


Vanessa Carlon and Gabriella Belli





Wednesday November 22  |  Milan

6:00 p.m.


Palazzo Bentivoglio


Alberto Vacchi, Tommaso Pasquali and Stefano Collicelli Cagol





Wednesday November 29  |  Milano

6:00 p.m.


Palazzo Butera
Collezione Francesca e Massimo Valsecchi


Claudio Gulli and Francesco Guzzetti




The meetings are free and free admission, subject to availability. Reservation is recommended.

The conference ticket does not include access to the Art Museum.

All lectures will be available on the Fondazione's YouTube channel.