Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto was instituted in 1998 as a concrete action of the Progetto Arte manifesto, where the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto proposed a new role for the artist: that of placing art in direct interaction with all the areas of human activity which form society.
Cittadellarte is a great laboratory, a generator of creative energy that generates unedited processes of development in diverse fields of culture, production, economics and politics.
The name Cittadellarte incorporates two meanings: that of the citadel or rather an area where art is protected and well defended, and that of the city, which corresponds to the idea of openness and interrelational complexities with the world.
The activities of Cittadellarte pursue a basic objective: to operationally take artistic interventions into every sector of civil society to contribute responsibly and profitably to address the profound changes of our age. Discover more on the official website of Cittadellarte.
Cittadellarte is a new form of artistic and cultural institution that places art in direct interaction with the various sectors of society. A place for the convergence of creative ideas and projects that combine creativity and enterprise, education and production, ecology and architecture, politics and spirituality. An organism aimed at producing civilization, activating a responsible social transformation necessary and urgent a local and global level. The social mission of Cittadellarte is integrated in the myth of the Third Paradise.
What is the Third Paradise?
It is the fusion between the first and second paradise. The first is the paradise in which humans were fully integrated into nature. The second is the artificial paradise, developed by humans through a process that has now reached globalizing proportions. This paradise is made of artificial needs, artificial products, artificial comforts, artificial pleasures, and every other form of artifice. Humankind has formed a real artificial world that gives rise, in an exponential manner and in parallel with its beneficial effects, to irreversible processes of decline on a planetary scale. The danger of a tragic collision between the natural sphere and artificial has been announced in every way¹.
The idea of the Third Paradise is to lead artifice—that is, science, technology, art, culture and political life—back to the Earth, while engaging in the reestablishment of common principles and ethical behavior, for on these the actual success of the project depends. The Third Paradise is the passage to a new level of planetary civilization, essential to ensure the human race's survival.
The Third Paradise is the new myth that leads everyone to take personal responsibility at this momentous juncture. The Third Paradise is symbolically represented by a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign. In the “New Infinity Sign” three circles are drawn: the two opposite circles signify nature and artifice; the middle one is the conjunction of the two and represents the generative womb of the Third Paradise.
1. The term artifice is rooted in the word art, so art today takes on core responsibilities with regard to the whole artificial world.
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Cittadellarte is a non-profit organization of social utility, recognized by and under the patronage of the Region of Piedmont in 1998. Its headquarters are in Biella, in a 19th Century former wool mill, itself a piece of industrial archeology and protected by the Ministero dei Beni Culturali.
Cittadellarte is supported, among others, by Regione Piemonte, Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione CRT.