Cittadellarte’s aim is to inspire and produce a responsible change in society through ideas and creative projects.
Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto was instituted in 1998 as a concrete action of the Progetto Arte Manifesto where the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto proposed a new role for the artist: that of placing art in direct interaction with all the areas of human activity which form society.
The name Cittadellarte incorporates two meanings: that of the citadel or rather an area where art is protected and well defended, and that of the city, which corresponds to the idea of openness and interrelational complexities with the world.
UNIDEE – University of Ideas is a multifaceted platform offering an educational programme of residential modules - taking place both at Cittadellarte and at academic partners’ sites internationally - alongside a series of artists’ residency projects.
Based on interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing and experience exchange, the programme fosters processes of cross-pollination to investigate the relationship between art and public sphere.