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Name of the responsible structure: Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus
Type of structure : Foundation
Profile of the initiators of the project : Artist
Continent : Europe
Country : Italy
Address/tel/fax : Via Serralunga 27 - 13900 Biella
tel +39 015 28400 - fax +39 015 2522540
Mail :
Website :
Contact : Francesca Fossati (Press Office)


The Cittadellarte project got underway in 1991 with the purchase of the main building of a disused textile mill by the river Cervo in Biella. The centre’s activities began after the entire factory complex had been acquired in 1996.

The Fondazione Pistoletto, which has on-going stipulated agreements with the Regione Piemonte and the Comune di Biella, was formally established in 1998, and is responsible for the organisation and administration of Cittadellarte. The University of Ideas (Università delle Idee - UNIDEE), the principal active body in the Foundation, was also set up at the same time.

The name ‘Cittadellarte’ incorporates two meanings - that of a citadel, namely a protected and defended area, and that of a city, which suggests a dynamics of extension and of complex interrelations with the world.

Former use : disused textile factory
Total surface of the site : 8500 m2
Location : city
Foundation year of the centre : 1998
Type of occupation : purchase
Owner of the building : Fondazione Pistoletto

Infrastructures / Facilities

- 4 floors for exhibitions
- Offices
- 1 Cafeteria (80 seats)
- 1 Kitchen
- 20 single/double rooms
- Parking place
- Courtyards

Social and artistic disciplines

Disciplines: artistic disciplines (visual arts, theatre, performance, dance, music),

Social disciplines, economics, politics, work, education, communication, production...

Activities: exhibitions, conferences, conveigns, concerts, workshops for artists and students, theatre festivals performances, meetings, residencies (UNIDEE in Residence - International Program)

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Financial support

Public and Private Institutions

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Friends and partners in 2004

Lovedifference - Artistic movement for an interMediterranean Politic
Centro Colombo Americano Medellà¬n
Bureau des Competences et Desirs
Fulbright - Institute of International Education
Bondardo Comunicazione
Unione Industriale Biellese
MuHKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
srishti - School of Art, Design and Technology
Filatura di Grignasco
Lanificio f.lli Cerruti dal 1881
Akademie der Bildenden Kà¼nste Wien
calcaxy - calcs virtual studios
Castello di Rivoli - Torino
Hangar - Visual arts and multimedia production center - Barcelona
KUB - Kunsthaus Bregenz
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten - Amsterdam
Staedelschule - Frankfurt
Zerynthia - Roma
Virtualgallery - Italy
Assindustria Belluno

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Modified on Friday 2 April 2004