Photography and images


Modena’s wide-ranging cultural heritage is actively promoted by FONDAZIONE MODENA ARTI VISIVE, an institution founded in October 2017 by the Modena city authorities and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena to disseminate art and contemporary culture through its three cultural institutions: Modena’s city art museum (Galleria Civica di Modena), Fondazione Fotografia Modena, and Museo della Figurina. Directed by Diana Baldon and chaired by Gino Lugli, the Foundation’s mission is to promote the most innovative international artistic practices of the 21st century, with special emphasis on fostering cross-fertilization among the different disciplines, and promoting visual literacy.



Founded in 1959, the city’s art museum organizes temporary exhibitions and events. These have included solo shows of numerous international artists, such as Josef Albers, Mark Dion, Katharina Grosse, Nam June Paik, Yayoi Kusama, Mimmo Paladino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ad Reinhardt and Ugo Rondinone. The museum also has two important permanent collections: a collection of over 4000 paper drawings by Italian artists of the Novecento movement, and a contemporary photography collection, begun in 1991 thanks to the donation by Modenese photographer Franco Fontana.



Founded in 2007 as a cultural project backed by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Fondazione Fotografica Modena is a contemporary art centre and higher-education institute specializing in photography and the contemporary image. The Foundation organizes temporary exhibitions and specialization courses, availing itself of its in-house expertise in the safeguard and promotion of its vast collection of major contemporary and historical photographic works, as well as its cutting-edge cataloguing, preservation and restoration know-how. Photographers like Axel Hütte, Mimmo Jodice, Daido Moriyama, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Edward Weston are some of the artists shown at the solo shows organized by the centre.



Founded in 2006, this unique museum hosts the vast collection of colour trading cards donated to the city in 1992 by Giuseppe Panini, who along with his brothers turned a personal passion into the thriving Panini collectible-card business. Alongside its collection of trading cards, the museum shows visitors how production techniques developed down the years and especially how the subject matter and messages of the cards themselves evolved, providing a fascinating picture of the wider cultural and communication changes taking place in society at large.



Galleria Civica di Modena

Palazzo Santa Margherita: Canalgrande, 103 - 41121 Modena

Palazzina dei Giardini: Corso Cavour, 2 - 41121 Modena

For more information: Tel. +39 059 2032919 | 2033165,

Museo della Figurina

Palazzo Santa Margherita (second floor): Corso Canalgrande, 103 - 41121 Modena

For more information: Tel. +39 059 2032919,

Fondazione Fotografia Modena

MATA - Ex Manifattura Tabacchi: Via della Manifattura dei Tabacchi, 83 - 41121 Modena

For more information: Tel. +39 059 4270657,