The Independent is the research project dedicated to independent thinking and practice promoted by MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. Conceived in 2014 by Hou Hanru, the project is curated by Giulia Ferracci and Elena Motisi with research support from Simone Ciglia and the contribution of Aria Spinelli.
Independents presents the online mapping of independent entities. Generated in 2014 through an open call, since 2019 it has been extended thanks to the support of a series of contributors who propose each year a selection of the most innovative groups and spaces on the independent scene.
CURRENT is a platform started by artists and curators. It is based in an independent space in Milan, a place for experimentation and exhibition of contemporary forms of creation. CURRENT is an artist-run space open to collaborations with other Italian and international artistic...
Surplace artspace is an independent working space that promotes contemporary art and artistic techniques, blurring the boundaries of the stereotypical roles of the artist, the administrator, the critic, the art gallery manager etc.. The work of art is the core of this...
Aspra.mente originated in 2006 from the idea of "work in progress", intended as the conception of interdisciplinary projects which develop over time. The work which arises is often the product of an in-depth preliminary research connected to the socio-cultural context of the...
22:37 is a non-profit association with an artistic and cultural aim. Founded in February 2009 from the meeting of young curators and artists whose common feature is the interest in artistic production and curatorship in different European environments. The association rises...
Emma is a self-organised collaborative and curatorial organisation for artistic and cultural practices, which encourages dialogue and exploration in the arts. It creates learning and residential opportunities for artists and other cultural producers through diverse forms of...
Ramdom is a cultural no-profit organization. Founded in 2011 at the tip of Italy’s heel, Ramdom creates and provides training in contemporary art and promotes mobility through masterclass, workshops, exhibitions and residencies. The association promotes new cultural creative...
K-Gold Temporary Gallery is a non-profit nomadic platform for contemporary art that was founded in 2014 in the Greek island of Lesvos by Nicolas Vamvouklis. It focuses on collaborative approaches to cultural production within its locality and beyond by activating alternative...
The Blank Bergamo Contemporary Art is a non-profit cultural association established in Bergamo in 2010 in order to spread and develop passion and curiosity for contemporary art. “The Blank”, literally a space to be filled, is intended as a place of encounter for Bergamo’s...
The Wall The wall è lo spazio fisico nel museo MAXXI dedicato a The Independent. La parete del foyer Carlo Scarpa è affidata periodicamente a una selezione di realtà indipendenti che presentano, in una configurazione sempre nuova, uno statement sulla propria identità.
27 January – 22 March 2020
Carlo Scarpa foyer at MAXXI
with Andrea Celeste La Forgia
There are no painters but only people who engage in painting among other activities
THE INDEPENDENT, MAXXI’s programme dedicated to independent thought and practice, presents Max Fletcher’s special project in collaboration with Andrea Celeste La Forgia: There are no painters but only people who engage in painting among other activities. The work is the result of a performance conceived for the FRIENDSHIP | SOLIDARITY | ALLIANCES summit on the occasion of the five-year anniversary of THE INDEPENDENT.Read more
2 April – 29 September 2019
Carlo Scarpa hall at MAXXI
The newest The Independent‘s project – the museum’s programme for independent arts – is made by the Il Colorificio, a curatorial collective and creative space based in Milan since 2016 and winner of i9 – Spazi indipendenti, the no-profit Italian award powered by ArtVerona.
The Il Colorificio’s wall presents Flashing and flashing!: seven works, one for each artist featured –Read more
12 July 2018 – 17 February 2019
Carlo Scarpa Foyer
The second 2018 event of The Independent revolves around NESXT – Independent Art Network.
NESXT will draw a symbolic map of the practices that inhabit the ever-expanding independent national scene on the wall dedicated to The Independent by proposing a selection of eight projects: Adiacenze (Bologna), Giuseppefraugallery (Gonnesa), Localedue (Bologna), Lu Cafausu (San Cesario di Lecce), Quartiere Intelligente (Napoli), RAVE-East Village Artist Residency (Trivignano Udinese), Spazio Buonasera (Turin), There is no place like home (Rome).Read more
Garibaldi is The Independent’s online magazine. Active since 2017 with a fluid editorial team that for every issue involves intellectuals, critics or contemporary thinkers and/or an independent group. Garibaldi investigates – through a multiple gaze – themes and geographical contexts of the independent practices.
On the occasion of the MAXXI event, this issue of Garibaldi will be co-edited by NESXT – Independent Art Network. NESXT, which was born in Turin in 2016, is a festival, an observatory and a network devoted to the Italian independent scene, and has been a partner of THE INDEPENDENT since 2017. The space for in-depth analysis provided by the Journal will see NESXT introduce itself through its own manifesto and an interview to Artistic Director Olga Gambari, proposing a reflection on the roots and philosophical statute of independence.
edited by NESXT, Elena Motisi and Simone Ciglia