GAMeC is project partner in the conference promoted by AMACI and NERO, which will take place in Bergamo on November 24.

The meeting, which is free of charge, will open a cross-cutting reflection on the relationship between ecology, art and museum institutions.

On Friday, November 24, 2023, in the Aula Magna of the University of Bergamo, AMACI – Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums), in collaboration with NERO, on the occasion of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023, presents Museums at the Ecological Turn, the second edition of the conference conceived as part of Museo Ventuno, the research platform dedicated to the transformations of contemporary art museums.

What is the link between ecology and art? What role can museum institutions play in the face of the climate catastrophe? What does it mean, and is it sufficient, for a museum to be ‘sustainable’? In what ways has contemporary art thematised the ecological issue in recent years? Is it possible to mediate the conflict between climate activism and artistic heritage? And in the face of collapsing ecosystems, what is the meaning and importance of ‘conservation’, in art as in ecology?

Over recent years, the ecological discourse has taken on a profound resonance with artistic production and museum institutions. Contemporary art, due to its sensitivity to ecological issues and its ability to question the centrality of the conservation paradigm, is a fertile context for discussing the relationship between art and ecology, and exploring its many complexities. Museums at the Ecological Turn aims to address the relationship between ecology, art and museum institutions by inviting radical thinkers, artists, curators and representatives of climate activism.



The conference is part of the program of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023.

Admission is free with reservations at

Talks will be held in Italian and English, with simultaneous translation available.

A publication of the same name will follow the conference, edited by NERO in two languages, as the second issue of the series entitled Museo Ventuno – Museum Twenty One.

Museums at the Ecological Turn | I Musei alla svolta ecologica is staged with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione della Comunità Bergamasca and the Municipality of Bergamo; under the patronage of the Representation in Italy of the European Commission, the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces, Regione Lombardia, the University of Bergamo and ICOM Italy; and with the technical sponsorship of Artshell.

GAMeC is a project partner.

“The relationship between ecological thinking and the visual arts-along with a focus on the generative power of the local communities that inhabit Bergamo’s territory-will be at the heart of the museum’s programming over the next two years,” says Lorenzo Giusti, Director of the GAMeC. “Attention to the sustainability of the processes of production and fruition of tangible and intangible assets, the development of a narrative of places that enhances the local dimension as a responsible expressive space, and the parallel development of a reflection on the museum of the future and its functions will be the cornerstones of an experimental program that will accompany the museum until it moves to its new home will be the cornerstones of an experimental program that will accompany the museum until it moves to its new home.” The conference I musei alla svolta ecologica (Museums at the Ecological Turn) stands at the opening of this path, going to constitute an important preliminary moment of reflection and confrontation through the adoption of a radical perspective that will certainly be able to interrogate ours as well as all the other institutions involved in the initiative.”

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