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Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, founded in 2017 by Comune di Modena and Fondazione di Modena, is a center of cultural production and professional training aimed at spreading contemporary art and visual culture and at presenting itself as a point of reference in the interaction between different disciplines and artistic languages and in the dialogue between arts, science and technologies.

Thanks to the variety of its locations and gathering the legacy of the three institutions merged into it – Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione Fotografia di Modena, Museo della Figurina – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive presents itself as a cultural district that proposes and organizes exhibitions and advanced training courses, workshops, performances and conferences, enhancing the collections that it manages and building a system of networks locally and extrateritorially.


FIGURINA.jpgFMAV- Palazzo Santa Margherita (Exhibition rooms and Collezione Museo della Figurina)

Situated in one of the most important streets in the historical centre of Modena, Palazzo Santa Margherita, whose name derives from the church that once stood in this area, also hosts other cultural services in addition to Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, such as the Biblioteca Delfini library and Istituto Musicale Orazio Vecchi music school.

Access to the Fondazione Modena Arti Visive rooms is on the first floor, where the Sala Grande is situated. If you continue left, you will come to the staircase that leads to the Sale Superiori on the second floor. Part of the photography collections and the drawing and graphics collection now managed by Fondazione Modena Arti Visive are also located on the same floor. They are open for scholars and enthusiasts to view on appointment. 

Continuing in the opposite direction to the Sala Grande, past the ticket office and bookshop, you come to the staircase that leads to the Collezione Museo della Figurina. Established thanks to a donation from Giuseppe Panini, founder of the famous Panini sticker and trading card company, the collection is displayed in big display sheets that visitors can leaf through like albums. In addition, a 12-metre showcase also hosts temporary exhibitions and events.

In Palazzo Santa Margherita, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive
has also set aside two workshops for children and young people’s activities.


giardini.jpgFMAV - Palazzina dei Giardini

The Palazzina was built in the seventeenth-century upon the desire of Francesco I d'Este as a “casino” for the entertainment of the Este court. The design of the building situated inside the grounds of the Palazzo Ducale is attributed to architect Carlo Vigarani.

A century later, the Duke donated the Palazzina and the garden to the city; however, over the years it fell into disuse, becoming a greenhouse and tool shed in the twentieth century. Towards the end of the 1970s, as part of the council’s plan to regenerate the historical centre, the Palazzina was restored and returned to its original glory. More recent preservation and restoration work further underlined its extraordinary features – the large windows, the spacious and high walls – making it the perfect place for exhibitions of international standing.


mata.jpgFMAV - MATA 

A stone’s throw from the central station is the Manifattura Tabacchi, one of the most significant pieces of post-industrial architecture in Modena. A key location in Modena’s economic and manufacturing history, it carried on the tradition of tobacco production dating back to the seventeenth century.

Thanks to recent regeneration work, the building is up and running once more, with a footpath that links it directly to the street to the train station. Inside, it hosts the MATA cultural space, established upon the initiative of the municipality of Modena, and today a Fondazione Modena Arti Visive exhibition venue.


SCUOLA.jpgFMAV – School of Advanced Studies

Inaugurated in 2011 when the Master’s course was launched, in recent years the education centre in Via Giardini has made a name for itself as a centre of artistic production and experimentation.

In addition to the classrooms, the Fondazione Modena Arti Visive School of Advanced Studies houses all the facilities students need to carry out their work: a computer lab, an equipped photographic studio, a dark room, a library and a specialized video archive, as well as a coworking space and exhibition atelier available for exhibitions and new events.