Non profit organization for contemporary art founded in 1991, is an exhibition space open for experimentation; it offers documentation services on visual arts, and runs a residency program for artists and curators.
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Viafarini was established in 1991 as a non profit organization, taking the American examples and the European Kunstverein as models, a concept new to Italy at that time. The exhibition space is conceived as a project room, managed by a collaboration between private and public bodies.
Viafarini is devoted to promoting Italy’s emerging art scene but Viafarini also works at international level producing site-specific projects by artists such as: Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Maja Bajevic, Valentin Carron, Martin Creed, Jimmie Durham, Katharina Grosse, Mona Hatoum, Mathilde ter Heijne, Federico Herrero, Nic Hess, Runa Islam, Hans Op de Beeck, Tobias Rehberger, David Renggli, Rosemarie Trockel, Gillian Wearing.
In 1994 Viafarini started the close collaboration with Careof and the following year came to life Careof & Viafarini Documentation Center for Visual Arts with an Artists Archive and specialized libraries as a video library.
In April 2008 Viafarini and Careof settled at the Fabbrica del Vapore where, in its original premises in via Farini 35, Viafarini starts VIR Viafarini-in-residence, a program for artists and curators who wish to spend a period of research in Milan.
“Another second skin”, exhibition view, 2015. Courtesy of Viafarini DOCVA
Maurizio Cattelan's installation view in occasion of the book launch "Italia-Senegal" at DOCVA Centro di Documentazione Arti Visive, 2015. Courtesy of Viafarini DOCVA