GAMeC – Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo was founded in 1991.
The building it is housed in was formerly a convent built in the fifteenth century that has been completely renovated by Vittorio Gregotti with financial support from the Municipality of Bergamo and the bank Credito Bergamasco. The cultural policy proposed by the museum is diversified across its more than 1500 square metres of display area: temporary solo and joint exhibitions by international artists, unseen projects by up-and-coming artists, historically and artistically wide-ranging exhibitions, and projects for artists tied to the local area all provide opportunities for enjoyment to those interested in contemporary art and creativity.
The purpose underlying the creation of GAMeC, which is partnered by the Accademia Carrara and the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, was to form a pole in the city dedicated to art.
Since 2000 the Galleria has been managed by the Associazione per la GAMeC – onlus, whose founding members are the Municipality of Bergamo and TenarisDalmine, with Partners the Banca Popolare di Bergamo – Gruppo BPU Banca and Bonaldi.
GAMeC activities are spread across a variety of exhibition platforms: the eleven rooms of the main gallery host the major events. These have included the exhibitions Arte Astratta Argentina (2002); Jan Fabre. Film and drawings 1977/2001 (2003); Alighiero Boetti. Almost Everything (2004); the anthological exhibition dedicated to Getulio Alviani (2004); War is Over 1945–2005. The Freedom of Art (2005); Giulio Paolini. Off the Programme; Mario Finazzi. Photograph; Jesús Rafael Soto (2006); Enzo Cucchi. Sculptures; Johannes Kahrs. Men with Music; Vanessa Beecroft. Pictures and Drawings; The Future of Futurism. From the Italian Revolution to Contemporary Art (2007); Yan Pei-Ming with Yan Pei-Ming (2008); Giacomo Manzù. 1938 - 1965 The years of research (2008); Pio Manzù. When the world was modern (2008); Universal Exhibitions. Art standing the Test of Time (2009), The Great Game. Art forms in Italy 1947-1989 (2010), Jiri Kolar - 99 collage (2010), Corrado Levi - Ad Artem 18 ways of making Art (2010), THE PRIVATE MUSEUM. The passion for contemporary art in the collections in Bergamo (2010).
The Eldorado project was created for the youngest Italian and international artists; recent artists in this programme have been Mungo Thomson, Mircea Cantor and Keren Cytter (2006); Jordan Wolfson and Pietro Roccasalva (2007); Victor Man and Kris Martin (2008); Tris Vonna-Michell (2009); Latifa Echakch (2010).
And the Palestra project is for artists taking their first professional steps.
Under the title Special Guest, the SpazioZero Room hosts projects commissioned from international artists; invitations have been extended to Paul Morrison (2003), John Armleder (2004), Sterling Ruby (2008) and Marcello Maloberti (2009).
The Spazio ParolaImmagine is a space for exhibiting acquisitions made for the Permanent Collections and works created locally. Partnerships with public and private bodies allow the organisation of events such as Art in Bergamo, an all-round view of the art culture of the city from the post-war era to the 1980s. The Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize for Art – EnterPrize is a scheme created to reward – at international level – talented curators under the age of 30 and to emphasise the importance of this professional figure in the field of contemporary art (Another Zero, 2004; No Manifesto, 2005; Aesthetics / Dietetics, 2006; Data Recovery, 2008). Held in parallel to this since 2005 has been the international convention Qui Enter Atlas – International Symposium of Young Curators, which enables the younger members of this profession to meet and exchange views with the public. Since 2007 it has been organised in partnership with SMAK – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent.
In 2007 GAMeC "moved" to Venice with the retrospective exhibition Jan Fabre. Anthropology of a Planet, which was one of the side events at the 52nd Venice Art Biennial.
The regular programme of events and exhibitions is supported by a rich calendar of educational actitivities for schools, groups and families, workshops, free guided visits to the exhibitions, projects for the blind and physically handicapped, conferences, debates, film showings, performances and collateral events that range from music to cinema. This is because, in addition to promoting art, GAMeC wishes to become a place where everyone feels welcome to enjoy and be involved in a cultural exchange.
GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Via San Tomaso, 53
T. +39 035 27 02 72
F. +39 035 23 69 62
DirectorDirettore Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
Head of GAMeC for the Municipality of BergamoMirella Maretti
Exhibition AreaSara Fumagalli, Curator
Stefano Raimondi, Curator
Valentina Gervasoni, Assistant curator
Angela Fabrizia Previtali, Assistant Curator and Head of Conservation
GAMeCinema - Curator
Fabrizia Previtali, Technical Assistant for Collections and Cataloguing
Educational DepartmentGiovanna Brambilla, Manager
with the collaboration of Valentina Gervasoni and the support of Caterina Sciacchitano
Communications and firstname.lastname@example.org
AdministrationValentina Rapelli, Manager
Museum ServicesRachele Bellini
Administrative SupportLorella Grammatico
Valentina Colleoni - email@example.com
Entering into a partnership with GAMeC allows organisations to strike up a relationship with the museum's activities and become a privileged partner, benefiting from discounts on entrance tickets, catalogues and guided visits.
All companies, associations or entities that enter into a partnership with GAMeC will raise their visibility on the museum website and have a dedicated link on the partnerships page.
Partnerships have so far been set up with:
Associazione BED AND BERGAMO
Circolo dei Dipendenti Comune di Bergamo
Family card, Comune di Bergamo
Fondazione Brescia Musei
Touring Club Italiano
To set up a partnership with GAMeC, contact:
Communication Area - GAMeC
tel. +39 035 270272