Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto is an arts organization in Biella, Italy.

Cittadellarte wants to inspire and produce a responsible transformation of society through ideas and creative projects.

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto is a physical place, a concept, a vision, a project, a community. It is a challenge to try and describe in a few words such an articulated and complex reality.

The objective set by its founders is inferred in the name: to create a place where artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and institutional representatives could meet, an actual home for art, an art seen as an instrument of responsible social transformation.

But not only that. The name Cittadellarte incorporates two meanings: the one of citadel, i.e. a place in which art is safeguarded and well protected, and the one of city, a connotation conveying the idea of openness and complex interrelation with the world.

Cittadellarte is also a school-laboratory dedicated to the study, experimentation and development of practices turning the symbol of the Third Paradise into a reality, implying it in every social sector and in every type of organization, starting from the single individual to top institutions like the UN.

The myth itself of the Third Paradise originated exactly here, and in its conception, planning and manifestation, it instigates a constant research aimed at the creation of a trinamic balance between opposites.

Cittadellarte is therefore an innovative model of artistic cultural institution which places art in direct interaction with all the different sectors of society. A place funnelling ideas and projects which combine creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, education and production, ecology and architecture, politics and spirituality. A polyhedral and multi-form body meant to produce civilization, activating a necessary and urgent responsible social transformation at a local and global level.


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