The Memmo Foundation was born in 1990 at the behest of Roberto Memmo, with the aim of bringing the world of art closer to a large audience through direct knowledge of masterpieces of all times.
Starting in 2012, the Foundation launched a new exhibition program entirely dedicated to the contemporary art scene, promoting the interaction between the artists and the city of Rome.
The intent is to contribute to the development of the cultural fabric in the area, connecting to international realities and opening a dialogue with other institutions, both city and non-city. Through the organization and production of exhibitions, performances, residences, talks, educational workshops and publications, the Memmo Foundation is therefore characterized as an observatory linked to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary artistic research.
The activity of the Memmo Foundation is mainly divided into two different lines of intervention: a program of monographic exhibitions, the result of residences dedicated to a guest artist of the Foundation, and a series of collective exhibitions dedicated to artists - Italian and foreign - temporarily present in the territory of Rome.
The monographic exhibitions include an invitation to an artist called to expand his practice, experimenting with new creative possibilities linked to the production of new series of works. The program was started with the artist Sara VanDerBeek (2012), followed by Sterling Ruby (2013), Shannon Ebner (2014) - with which the new exhibition space of the Stables of Palazzo Ruspoli was inaugurated -, Camille Henrot (2016 ), Giuseppe Gabellone (2017), Kerstin Brätsch and the collective KAYA (2018), Latifa Echakhch (2019).
Since 2015, a collective exhibition platform has also been launched by Marcello Smarrelli, Conversation Piece, now in its sixth edition. The exhibition presents a selection of works by artists temporarily residing in Rome (mostly at foreign academies or cultural institutes).
Through this dual action plan, the Memmo Foundation affirms its bond with the territory and offers itself as an aggregator and meeting point of the network of relationships made up of the international realities of Rome, with the aim of contributing to the development of the cultural fabric in the territory, promoting the interaction between the artists, the city fabric, its history, its identity.
Starting from 2019, Memmo Foundation and Gasworks have launched a call for Italian artists for a residency grant at Gasworks, in London. This initiative, supported by the Memmo Foundation, was born with the aim of offering Italian artists outside the national context an opportunity, confronting themselves with an international scenario.