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Banca Ifis International Sculpture Park

Banca Ifis celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding by donating to the territory in which it is historically rooted a new space designed for the enjoyment of contemporary art and sculpture: the “Banca Ifis International Sculpture Park“, the permanent exhibition of monumental sculptures created at the behest of Banca Ifis President Ernesto Fürstenberg Fassio and housed inside the 16th-century Villa Fürstenberg in Mestre, now the Bank’s headquarters.


Curated by Giulia Abate and Cesare Biasini Selvaggi and inaugurated in the presence of the Bank’s top management and representatives of Institutions, Banca Ifis’ International Sculpture Park is a project that looks to a future where the economy is founded with art and Beauty, bringing added value and uniqueness among the people who are part of the company and the territory.

The International Sculpture Park is housed within the more than 22 hectares of gardens of special naturalistic value and biodiversity that surround Villa Fürstenberg, with its architecture reminiscent of the Palladian style. The exhibition space features, to date, twelve plastic works by ten Italian and international masters of contemporary sculpture: Fernando Botero, Annie Morris, Park Eun Sun, Igor Mitoraj, Manolo Valdés, Pablo Atchugarry, Pietro Consagra, Roberto Barni, Julio Larraz, and Philip Colbert.

Villa Fürstenberg Park will be open to the public starting in spring 2024.


Also accompanies the exhibition space is the volume “The Nature of Contemporary Sculpture The Banca Ifis International Sculpture Park: stories, ideas, visions” with the history of the Villa and the works, published by Skira and edited by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi and Giulia Abate. The volume traces through essays and a rich iconographic apparatus the role and importance of sculpture in contemporary artistic practices, its relationship with nature and territory, the built environment, and the public sphere.


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