Starting October 2016 the Palazzo delle Esposizioni once again is hosting the Rome Quadriennale. The 16th edition of this important national rendez-vous devoted to Italian art is the result of an agreement between the Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma and the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, which are jointly responsible for the exhibition's promotion and organization. Eight years on since the last edition in 2008, this year's show has been designed in a totally innovative manner, yet with the determination to maintain its institutional identity untarnished – the identity of an exhibition tasked with exploring the most significant trends in the panorama of the contemporary visual arts in Italy.
The 16a Quadriennale d'Arte will be the product of a multiple vision entrusted to ten different curators selected through a "call for project", each one of whom has developed an individual project of his or her own: Simone Ciglia and Luigia Lonardelli (who submitted a joint project signed by both), Michele D’Aurizio, Luigi Fassi, Simone Frangi, Luca Lo Pinto, Matteo Lucchetti, Marta Papini, Cristiana Perrella, Domenico Quaranta and Denis Viva.
The projects as a whole envisage the presence of approximately 100 artists participating with works of a whole range of different kinds, accompanied by a full calendar of events.
In addition to this chorus of different voices and takes on the Italian art scene that has emerged since the year 2000, the novel aspect of this 16a Quadriennale d'Arte lies in its conception and development as a kind of work in progress in the course of which different players will be called on to work together and to take each other's measure.
The Quadriennale di Roma
La Quadriennale di Roma is the national institution tasked with promoting contemporary Italian art. Its name is associated with the Esposizione Quadriennale d'Arte, a retrospective that records the different trends in the visual arts of the moment on a four-yearly basis. The Quadriennale conducts ongoing activities in its Villa Carpegna headquarters, organising exhibitions and encounters, offering research and documentation services and producing publications.
The Archivio Biblioteca della Quadriennale (ArBiQ) preserves and enhances an extremely important collection of documents and materials on art in the 20th and 21st centuries, ensuring continuity and stringency in the institution's cultural activities.
The archive and library may be consulted on line in full: the archive collections in their substance, the library catalogue as part of the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale.
La Quadriennale di Roma today is a foundation managed jointly by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the Comune di Roma and the Regione Lazio. It was established as an exhibition to be held at regular intervals in 1927 and became an entity in its own right in 1937.