Villa Romana: Art, Music & Performance

27.8. – 8.9.2013

  • For more than a century, the Villa Romana has been a very special artists’ house that has repeatedly made a name for itself. Since Angelika Stepken took over as director in 2006, it has developed into a forum for contemporary art in Florence. Now a diverse two-week event program and an exhibition entitled “Süden” (South) are bringing the Villa Romana to Berlin, with a broad spectrum of films, lectures, music, and performances. The common denominator of all of the contributions is a link to the artists’ house in Florence. And the Villa Romana Fellows for 2013 – Shannon Bool, Mariechen Danz, Heide Hinrichs, and Daniel Maier-Reimer – are presenting their work.

    With the Villa Romana Prize, Deutsche Bank’s sponsorship of promising young artists is particularly apparent. This distinction is not only the oldest German art prize but also Deutsche Bank’s longeststanding cultural commitment. The Villa Romana Association is funded by private sponsors, including companies, foundations, and private individuals, and also receives substantial support from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Every year, four visual artists who live in Germany receive grants to spend ten months in Florence. Many of the former fellows are represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection.

    What began in 1905 with a generous loan from the bank to the artists and fundraisers around Max Klinger enabling them to buy the property and continues today with financial and personal commitment is now, following the presentation of the Villa Romana Fellows in 2008, being carried on in our KunstHalle. Experience a very special exhibition of the “south” with us in Berlin.



    Michael Danner, Villa Romana, Terrasse, 2005, © Michael Danner, 2005


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