Italy USA Exhibition Program

Partnership between
LoveItaly, American Federation of Arts &
Directorate General of Italian Museums.

The Italy USA Exhibition Program intends to develop art exhibitions drawn from Italian collections to be presented in museums around the United States. Initial support for the project comes from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The cultural cooperation between the U.S. Department of State and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes another step forward:  in furtherance of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding between the nations and the relevant legislation, American Federation of Arts (AFA) and LoveItaly have formed a partnership to establish the Italy USA Exhibition Program with the goal of developing and presenting exhibitions and loans from museums and cultural institutions across Italy to U.S. museums, for the benefit of millions of visitors.

Photo: clockwise: Stefano Pighini, VP LoveItaly; Dr. Antonio Lampis, Director, Directorate General Museums, MiBACT; Pauline Willis, Director & CEO AFA)

Following the MOU signed on February 28, 2018, with the Directorate General of Museums, division of the Italian Ministry of Culture, AFA and LoveItaly will begin planning a series of exhibition projects  over the next several years.  The Program will provide access to short and long term loans of exhibitions, artworks and archaeological materials from across Italy to leading American museums.

In the course of the following months, AFA will develop and lead the relationships with American museums and peer foundations, overseeing the thematic underpinnings, publications, fundraising, logistics, insurance, transportation, product development, and marketing of projects, in regular consultation with the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

“As America’s leading organization in the development and presentation of traveling art exhibitions, AFA is extremely pleased to be working hand-in-hand with our partners in the Italian Ministry of Culture and LoveItaly” – stated Pauline Willis, Director and CEO of AFA – “We foresee ample opportunities for North American audiences to benefit from ground-breaking research, conservation, and exhibitions revealing the unparalleled treasures of Italian cultural heritage.”

 “The collaboration among LoveItaly, the AFA, and the Ministry represents a watershed in international cooperation, and promises to provide access to important examples of Italian heritage to countless museumgoers, while drawing attention to the urgent needs of monuments and museums,” adds DrRichard Hodges, President of LoveItaly.

LoveItaly will develop and lead the collaboration’s relationships with Italian museum officials, superintendencies, MiBACT, and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. to identify prospective loans, negotiate permits with relevant ministerial authorities, and secure authorization to export loans.

The collaboration’s Senior Project Advisor is Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.