“Una Boccata d’Arte is a widespread project with a national scope that aims to inspire collective participation in beauty and culture outdoors with everyone’s safety in mind. The project came about as a reaction to the pandemic in order to bring a sign of encouragement to local communities and at the same time create opportunities for young talented artists to experiment and express themselves. I am happy that it is becoming a recognised and anticipated annual event that’s able to offer to the public an interesting programme, new villages to discover and artists that are full of creative energy, actuating a virtuous circle that promotes Italian heritage and landscape through art”.

Marina Nissim, President of Fondazione Elpis.

“Since the first edition, we have paid great attention to the pairing of the village with the artist, trying to look at both the specific attributes of the places and the research carried out by each artist. The result has been a medley of excellent works which were able to draw inspiration from their respective local areas, involving the residents, creating a sense of wonder and amazement in visitors, and confirming how important the physical context and the relationships forged with people are in the creation of the works”.

Maurizio Rigillo, Director of Galleria Continua.

Threes, a curatorial team and creative agency based in Milano, concentrates its practice on projects that intersect sound, art and landscape. Three’s main project is Terraforma, an international festival that from 2014 takes place in Villa Arconati’s park developing a programme of musical experimentation with a focus on environmental sustainability. During the third edition of Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Threes will curate the exhibitions in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Marche and Basilicata regions.

Nicola Giuliani, Ruggero Pietromarchi, Leone Manfredini.


Una Boccata d’Arte is a contemporary art project widespread in all Italy’s regions that promotes the encounter between contemporary art and some of the historic and artistic beauty of Italy’s most evocative villages.Twenty villages with populations not exceeding 5,000 will be selected each year, based on a number of factors, including an active cultural scene, artisanal prowess, a viable market, and familial hospitality.

The villages will then become the stage for twenty site-specific contemporary art installations, produced by emerging and established artists, invited by Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua.

Twenty artists in twenty villages, in all twenty Italy’s regions.


Una Boccata d’Arte allows the artist the widest creative freedom and the use of any artistic media within thematic exhibitions that dialogue persuasively with the villages. For its founding choice, Fondazione Elpis, careful when faced with educational impacts and social aspects of its activities, focuses its projects both on established artists and on the support of young and emerging ones, coming from different countries and cultures, whose talent deserves a greater opportunity for visibility and support. Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua share each phase of selection of the twenty artists, at each edition: from the cognitive one in the artist’s studios, to that of careful evaluation of their work.