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Viafarini, non profit organization
for contemporary art founded in 1991,
is an exhibition space open for experimentation,
offers documentation services on visual arts,
and runs a residency program for artists and curators.


Viafarini's constitutive activity is the collection and the diffusion of artists' documentation operating during the last twenty years on the Italian art scene.
With the first exhibition organized by Viafarini, Immagini proiettate, was indeed founded Viafarini's Artists Archive after-joined to Careof's Artists Archive. Together they set up the Portfolio and Video Archive of DOCVA Documentation Center for Visual Arts. Thanks to its independent nature, the Archive built a network comprising the majority of the Italian contemporary artists, from their beginning to their career-success.

Viafarini makes its know how available and its pertinent means for producing artistic projects in collaboration with different partners, both cultural institutions and companies.

Collaborations with public authorities
Collaborations with corporations: from 1995 to 2004 Viafarini worked in agreement with Comune di Milano;
in 2008, the location of the organization moved to the spaces of Comune di Milano at Fabbrica del Vapore;
Viafarini took part in inCONTEMPORANEA la rete dell'arte, a network of the Italian artistic organizations gathered by Provincia di Milano for the promotion of exhibitions and events in Milan;
from 2006 Viafarini was supported for its artists' mobility program by Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities; the emergent artists' exhibition activities are supported by Regione Lombardia;
in 2009 and 2010 Viafarini joined both the editions of No Soul for Sale – A Festival of Independents, at X initiative in New York in 2009 and at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in London in 2010;
from December 2010 to February 2011, the exhibition dedicated to Archive DOCVA titled Contemporaneo.doc/DOCVA was staged in Sala Gianferrari at MAXXI Museum (Rome); from 2012, a continuing collaboration with the Archives of Museo del Novecento di Milano is active; from 2008 Viafarini benefits from the support of Fondazione Cariplo and Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia.

Collaborations with companies
Viafarini has collaborated with: ACACIA Associazione Amici Arte Contemporanea Italiana, Milan; Associazione Artegiovane, Milan; Associazione Artegiovane, Turin; Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Fondazione Banna Spinola per l’arte, Poirino (TO); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Fiorucci Art Trust, London.

Collaborations with companies
from 2006, Gemmo SpA, leader company in the field of electric and mechanical plan design, is Viafarini's institutional partner. The enterprise, interested in contemporary culture's support, decided to sustain and support all the activities of the organization with continuous commitment. Among the benefits offered to the enterprise: consultancy for the constitution of an art collection, favored selection of promising and emergent young talents' works, advisor for the selection of other initiatives to support.

Vibrapac SpA contribuited to the production of Liliana Moro's installation, which inaugurated the new exhibition spaces at Fabbrica del Vapore. Another profitable collaboration was activated in 2007 and in 2008 with A. T. Kearney, leader company of management consulting. For the opening of the new company's location in Milan a group of artists, selected from the Archive, was invited to stage their works in the unusual context of the company's offices. From 2000 Viafarini collaborates with Furla SpA for Premio Furla per l'Arte.
The Chambers of Commerce in Milan and in Turin supported the online database for the Italian artists' promotion. Among the collaborations after-achieved, Unicredit per l'Arte must be mentioned.
For Biotherm L'Oreal Group, the exhibition In tutti i sensi was organized at the exhibition space Superstudio Più in via Tortona, Milan; through the agency Esprit-World, Viafarini organized an event for Plinio Visonà; in the framework of the contest Pagine Bianche d’Autore for Seat Pagine Gialle, Viafarini promoted the award for which the artists' works were published on the telephone books' covers. With Hogan Viafarini achieved an online auction. Furthermore, during its years of activity, Viafarini collaborated with companies which promoted exhibitions' production, same as Katharina grosse's exhibition supported by Edra and Clerprem, Rosemarie Trockel, Tobias Rehberger, Nic Hess and Maja Bajevic, all supported by Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, while Mubre SpA supported Alberto Scodro's exhibition. Moroso collaborated for the staging of Fabbrica del Vapore's new location. Moreover, Viafarini collaborates with NCTM Studio Legale Associato for the organization of the award Nctm e l'arte.


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last update 24-04-2013