chianciano biennale italia award

The Biennale

11th - 19th August 2018


The Italia Award exhibition gathers some of the best emerging and established talents of today's contemporary art scene.

The Chianciano Art Museum receives over 2500 applications for the Biennale (based on 2015 figures). The selection process is rigorous and allows art lovers, critics and collectors to view over 300 artworks presented at the Art Museum and at the Chianciano EXPO galleries in the medieval centre.

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This years Collateral Exhibitions include "Children Vs Mafia", in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the Italian Constitution. An international exhibition of paintings, previously exhibited at the Vatican, the Quirinal Palace and the Italian Parliament, made by 400 Sicilian school children following the mafia assassinations of anti-mafia judges Falcone and Borsellino. The judges were both killed with their teams of bodyguards and the exhibition highlights the loss felt by these young students and the support towards the families of the judges and the institutions.

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The Chianciano Art Museum Museum will also show parts of its permanent collections and the visitor will be able to admire; drawings by Tiepolo, Munch and Magritte; original woodcuts by Durer and Rembrandt; Asian Art spanning 5 millennia and much more.

Furthermore, an important space will be dedicated to Lonnie Schlein, Pulitzer Prize winner and historic photo editor at the New York Times for over 35 years. This exhibition presents images of his journeys around the world as well as his portrait work with international personalities such as Al Pacino, Paul Mccartney, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.


chianciano biennale italia award


  • Chianciano Art Museum
    3000 square metre museum housing an "Impressive collection" according to the New York Times
  • Chianciano EXPO
    A collection of distinct art galleries in the 12th Century Medieval Centre of Chianciano.
  • Chianciano Arts Club and Residence
    Eccentric club housing temporary shows just a short walk from the Art Museum
  • Forest of Thought
    A poetic and romantic oasis where one can listen to birdsong and find oneself.


chianciano biennale italia award

What's on show

  1. Italia Award Contemporary Art. 120 artists from all around the world. Approximately 300 artworks will be presented and will give a fascinating insight into global art movements and trends. The best artworks will receive awards from international jury panels.
  2. "Children Versus Mafia" Paintings by Italian schoolchildren inspired by the killing of two judges, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were investigating the Mafia. Works previously exhibited at the Vatican, the Quirinal Palace and the Italian Parliament.
  3. Chianciano Art Museum permanent collections, parts of the collections will be on show that range from a 5000 year old Neolithic Asian vase to the Italian Renaissance and more.
  4. Giorgio Armani Drawings
    A collection of rare works on paper by the iconic designer.
  5. Lonnie Schlein "My Way"
    Lonnie has had a unique career as a photographer. He started at the New York Times in 1975 and received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. This exhibition examines his journeys, travels and thoughtful moments.
  6. Jincheng Liu "China Studies"
    A selection of portraits by Jincheng Liu graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Capital Normal University, Beijing in 1982. In 1986, he travelled around Tibet-Gansu to study the landscape and the indigenous people.


chianciano biennale italia award

Where to go

  • Every contemporary artist selected for the "Italia Award" will have, at least, one artwork exhibited at the Chianciano Art Museum and another in an EXPO Art Gallery.
  • The exact allocation of the exhibitions will be determined closer to the Biennale.
  • The list exhibition spaces and galleries that will be used are as follows:
    • Chianciano Art Museum, Viale della Libertà
    • Royal Gallery, Piazza Matteotti
    • Savoy Gallery, Piazza Matteotti
    • Chelsea Gallery, Piazza Matteotti
    • Medici Gallery, Piazza Matteotti
    • Sun Gallery, Piazza Matteotti
    • Arts Club, Via dei Colli
    • Forest of Thought, Via delle Piane