Rossella Biscotti was born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy. For the past decade, she has been living and working between the Netherlands and her research sites. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at CAC Vilnius (2012), Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento (2010), and the Nomas Foundation, Rome (2009); and group exhibitions at MAXXI, Rome (2010–11), Witte de With, Rotterdam, Museu Serralves, Porto (2010), Manifesta 9 and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). In 2013, Biscotti participated in the 55th Venice Biennale and had a solo exhibition at Secession, Vienna.

She uses montage as a gesture to reveal individual narratives and their relation to society. In her cross-media practice, cutting across filmmaking, performance and sculpture, she explores and reconstructs obscured moments from recent times, often against the backdrop of state institutions. In the process of composing her personal encounters and oral interrogations into new stories, the site of investigation tends to leave its mark on her sculptures and installations. By examining the relevance of the recovered material from a contemporary perspective, Biscotti sensibly weaves a link to the present.

Rossella Biscotti’s sculptural works are informed by meticulous research, covering both chronicled and neglected events as well as fictitious elements. They often serve as historical witnesses to contemporary society.

Biscotti often employs the mediums of film, text, sculpture or performance to examine history and events through personal and collective memories. In her work, using rigorous research and fictitious elements, she does not reconstruct historical facts but rather investigates them and our perception of what has happened.

Rosella Biscotti Roma_XI14 © Luis do Rosario
Rossella Biscotti
Molfetta, 1978

Past Exhibitions

Rossella Biscotti: The City

Protocinema Istanbul 28/09/2018 — 27/10/2018

Rossella Biscotti

Kunsthaus Baselland
20/04/2018 — 16/07/2018

Invito. Presentation of ACACIA Prize 2017

Museo del Novecento
27/03/2017 — 30/04/2017

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

Solo Shows

Rossella Biscotti, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel


Rossella Biscotti, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
Rossella Biscotti, MUSEION – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , Bolzano


Rossella Biscotti. Mies Van Der Rohe Stipendium, Museen Haus Lange / Haus Esters, Krefeld
Rossella Biscotti, WIELS – Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, Brussels
Rossella Biscotti: The Undercover Man, SculptureCenter, New York


Rossella Biscotti, The Side Room, Wiener Secession, Vienna


Rossella Biscotti, L’isola, De Vleeshal, Middelburg
Title One: The tasks of the Community, Vilnius


the sun shines in kiev, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide
A short story about memory, pentothal and dreams, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

Group Shows


Riddle Of The Burial Grounds, Project Dublin, Dublin
À fendre le cœur le plus dur, FRAC – Alsace, Sélestat, France
Art In The Age Of…Planetary Computation, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Invisible Violence, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Unendliche Bibliothek – Alte Fabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil, Switzerland


Diamanti, Careof – Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014, Office 510, Kiev
Glitch – Interferenze Tra Arte E Cinema, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
The Yellow Side Of Sociality – Italian Artists In Europe, BOZAR – Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
Invisible Violence, ARTIUM – Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Out Of The Blue – A Sense Of Public-Mindedness, The Kosovo Art Gallery / Kosovska umetnička galerija, Pristina, Kosovo
Journal, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes, CAG – Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
IK 00 The spaces of confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice
Invisible Violence, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Belgrade
Italy in SongEun : We Have Never Been Modern, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak, Platform A, Middlesbrough
To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle, Materia – Nomas Foundation, Rome
Don’t Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden


Women Commentator, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
5X5Castelló2013 – Premi Internacional D’Art Contemporani Diputació De Castelló, EACC – Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellon de la Plana
An Opal World, Kunstraum, London
Nero Luce, Prometeogallery, Milan
13th Istanbul Biennial, International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Biennale di Venezia – 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Sail Away, We Must!, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul


The Traveller – A Visual Journey by Alexander Ramselaar, Tent – Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam
group exhibition, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
La storia che non ho vissuto (testimone indiretto), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
The New Public, MUSEION – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano
Soundworks, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Documenta (13), Documenta, Kassel
Manifesta 9, Koolmijn van Waterschei-Genk, Genk, Belgium
Alternativa 2012, Materiality, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland
Towards A Warm Math, On Stellar Rays, New York
Silences where things abandon themselves, MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb


Part 3 – Rossella Biscotti, Nicoline van Harskamp, Hilary Crisp Gallery, London
Italia Ora, Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome
IL BELPAESE DELL’ARTE. Etiche ed Estetiche della Nazione, GAMeC – Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
Nachtauslage No 9, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
Posso errare, ma non di core, GC.AC – Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy
Nachtauslage No 5, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin


Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2010, MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
To the Arts, Citizens!, Museu Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
FotoTageTrier, FotoTageTrier, Trier, Germany
SI – Sindrome Italiana, MAGASIN – Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
VIDEOREPORT ITALIA 08_09, GC.AC – Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy
Überblendungen, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
Psychosculptures, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Comune di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
Practicing Memory – Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy
The Documentary, Prometeogallery, Milan
duetto, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, Australia
In full bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
HaVE A LoOk! HAve a Look!, FormContent project space, London
Not Necessarily In That Order, Presentation House Gallery – PHG, North Vancouver
21×21. 21 artisti per il 21° secolo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Tutta la memoria del mondo, Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – GAM, Turin
Morality Act III: And the moral of the story is…, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Tales of the Unexpected, DEK22, Rotterdam

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Molfetta Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1978 Lives in: Amsterdam, Netherlands