Artecinema, the international film festival dedicated to contemporary art, returns to Naples. It will be held from 15 to 18 October, thus celebrating its 26th anniversary.

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Artecinema, the great international film festival dedicated to contemporary art, is back in Naples. It will be held from 15 to 18 October, thus celebrating its 26th anniversary. 

We are talking about a festival that has become a pillar of culture and artistic dissemination in Campania.

The city thus opens up once again to the latest trends coming from the art world, with the latter able to find more and more connections with the public, and it is here that it succeeds through the medium of film not only to inform but also to excite and educate through art.

In Naples, after all, cinema is at some since forever and many of its squares and palaces have been important movie sets. Dicover them with the Naples Pass, the tourist card that gives you access to dozens of attractions in Naples and in Campania.

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Artecinema, an event that has been history since 1996


The event has been organized and made possible since 1996 by art historian, gallery owner, and art director Laura Trisorio, who for this edition has planned a program of 24 films divided into three sections: photography, art, and its surroundings and architecture and design.

The event will be divided between the Teatro Augusteo and the oldest opera house in the world, the San Carlo in Naples (founded in 1737), which on the opening night will pay homage to the great Italian artist Marisa Albanese, who recently passed away, and then continue with a feature film on Banksy, the artist who is still faceless but one of the most famous on the international scene. 

The return in presence is a great signal for the cultural life of Naples and Italy in general, which in this edition will be flanked by the well-tested presence of digital. In fact, the entire festival will be accessible online from 16 to 22 October 2021 for all possible devices. A legacy left by the unfortunate pandemic crisis but which has now been transformed into an incredible opportunity. 

The digital world is in this way an extension of the physical world and allows artecinema to reach art lovers and art enthusiasts all over the world. The films will all be in their original language with Italian or English subtitles. 

An unbelievable journey through cinema and contemporary art


The journey through art will take us to discover stories and artists from every corner of the world. The program includes, among others, films on Marina Abramović, the "grandmother" of performance art, or on the master of social and environmental art Joseph Beuys.

Other docu-films will combine the historical with the present, focusing on the protagonists of the art of all times like Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski, Albrecht Dürer, Lucio Fontana, Wolfgang Laib, and Guadalupe Maravilla.

Space for the great photography with films on Helmut Newton and Rosalena Maristella.

Pino Pascali, Michael Rakowitz, Eugenio Tibaldi, John Wood & Paul Harrison, the architects Alvar Aalto and Ettore Sottsass will encourage us to investigate the new ideas revolving around living. 

In conclusion, the film on Man Ray, filmed in 1937 while on holiday in Antibes, with his friends Pablo Picasso, Dora Maar, Paul Eluard, and Lee Miller.

In short, contemporary art is now just a stone's throw away, all you have to do is welcome it!

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