Gian Maria Tosatti

2016-2017: Spring

Gian Maria Tosatti’s projects are generally long-term investigations of specific topics related to the concept of identity, from the political to the spiritual. His first series of projects include Devozioni (2005-2011) which concerned archetypes of the modern era and comprised ten installations, all in buildings in Rome, and Landscapes (2006-current), a public art project focused on areas of urban conflict. 

Among Tosatti’s current projects are Fondamenta (2011- current), based on the identification of contemporary archetypes and Le considerazioni (2009 - current) on the enigmas of personal memory and the traces that human beings leave behind them. From 2013-16 his research focused on Sette Stagioni dello Spirito, a work that has embodied the entire city of Naples. 

In 2011 he curated RELOAD, a prototype of cultural urban intervention about the temporary use of uninhabited spaces. He is the founder of the project La Costruzione di una Cosmologia (

Tosatti, a journalist and essayist, was editor in chief of the weekly cultural newspaper La Differenza and has written for several Italian newspapers and magazines. He is currently a columnist at the publication, Artribune on Opera Viva. He writes essays about art and politics.

His work has been exhibited at the Hessel Museum of CCS BARD (New York, 2014), the MADRE museum (Naples, 2016), the Lower Manhattan Community Council (New York, 2011), the Galleria Nazionale (Rome, 2017), American Academy in Rome (Rome, 2013), Museo Villa Croce (Genoa, 2012) Andrew Freedman Home (New York, 2012), Tenuta dello Scompiglio (Lucca, 2012), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma, 2008), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, 2009), BJCEM (Ancona, 2014), Centrale Montemartini – Musei Capitolini (Rome, 2007), Wilfredo Lam Museum (Havana, 2015), Casa Testori (Milano, 2014), MAAM (Roma - permanent), Castel Sant’Elmo (Naples, permanent).