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ArteCinema: International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art



ArteCinema: International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art

PLEASE NOTE: This event starts at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:45 PM. 

Held annually during the month of October in Naples, Italy, ArteCinema: International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art was first established in 1996. Filmmakers, artists, scholars, curators, and the general public assemble from all parts of the world for four days to view, converse, and debate the works. This two-part program, organized in association with the National Gallery of Art, comprises two films from previous festivals—one on Italian artist Piero Manzoni, the other on American artist Louise Bourgeois. Filmmaker Andrea Bettinetti, director of Piero Manzoni, Artista, will discuss his film-making process with Margaret Parsons, Head of film programs at National Gallery of Art. 


This program is presented in conjunction with the International Day of Italian Contemporary Art.


Louise Bourgeois, by Nina and Klaus Sohl
Piero Manzoni, Artista, by Andrea Bettinetti
Total running time: 93 minutes
English and Italian with English subtitles



Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008


Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.

Once the event is full we will not accept wait list requests. A limited number of “last call" registrations will be available on Eventbrite between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the day of the event.





Nina e Klaus Sohl, Germany, 2007, 40 minutes

French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) often referenced her own psychology, the human body and sexuality, and other animate forms. Known for her discipline, a compelling personality, and a creative drive that was active even in her 90s, Bourgeois and her work have a special aura. Nina and Klaus Sohl, specializing in contemporary art for public broadcast in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, filmed the artist in her Manhattan home toward the end of her life.  



Andrea Bettinetti, Italy, 2013, 54 minutes

The work of Piero Manzoni (1933-1963) ushered in the Arte Povera movement in 1960s Italy. Patrician, self-taught, inventive, and provocative, Manzoni favored unconventional materials that bluntly and cynically mock consumerism and mass production. Piero Manzoni, Artista utilizes new findings—including an important cache of vintage home movies, many of which were recorded by the artist himself while working on some of his most famous creations. 



margaret parsonsMargaret Parsons curates the film program at the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition program of international cinema and archive of documentaries related to the arts. She has organized film or media events for other institutions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American University School of Communication and the AFI, and has served as a trustee for film organizations including the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She has served on editorial boards for The Moving Image and the Getty Trust’s Program for Art on Film and on international film festival juries for Washington DC, Torino, Poznań (Poland), and Tulcea (Romania), among others. Parsons is currently head of the advisory board for the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and curator for Glimmerglass Film Days in upstate New York. She has received awards for her work in film culture preservation. Other interests include photography and self-taught art and she has written for the journals Raw Vision, Folk Art, The Folk Art Messenger, New York Folklore, Curator, and The Moving Image. 



bettinettiAndrea Bettinetti graduates in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, before moving to the London International Film School where he attains the One year ‘Certificate in the Art of Filmmaking’. Since the year 2000, he works mainly in documentaries. Many of his works have been screened at festivals in Italy and abroad. Since 2007 he collaborates with Istituto Europeo di Design (IED-Milan).



Artecinema is an international festival of films on contemporary art established in Naples in 1996, curated by Laura Trisorio and awarded a medal from the President of the Republic of Italy. Each year, the festival presents a selection of some thirty documentaries from all over the world about the most important artists, architects and photographers of the last fifty years.

Artecinema is one of the most anticipated events of the sector and provides an opportunity for a learning experience as well as social gathering and cultural exchange.



The International Day of Italian Contemporary Art, an annual event organized by AMACI, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its worldwide network of Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes to promote contemporary Italian art and culture. Each year the Giornata del Contemporaneo offers the public an opportunity to experience the complex and lively world of contemporary art by presenting artists and new ideas through shows, workshops, events and conferences as part of a multifaceted program through the participation of different art venues and institutions.



Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:15 pm

Organized by : IIC Washington

In collaboration with : please see above

Entrance : Free


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