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The (Italian) Factory

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The (Italian) Factory

With his collection, Maramotti intended to mirror the evolution of the most advanced artistic thinking of his time and as a result has created one of the most exciting private collections in Italy.

Initially, the Collezione Maramotti was presented in the corridors of the Max Mara factory to promote a fruitful, daily exchange between artistic creativity and industrial design, the factory was turned into a museum when the company’s production expanded and moved to a new headquarter. About 200 works from the 1000 work strong collection that dates from 1945 to the present, are on permanent view as an in-depth presentation of the important artistic tendencies, both Italian and international, of the last sixty years.

The Collezione Maramotti consists primarily of paintings but also features sculptures and installations. The works of the permanent collection range throughout forty three exhibition halls on the building’s two upper floors, arranged by various criteria. The collection holds a number of important European paintings that embody the abstract-expressionist, art informel climate of the late 1940s and early 1950s, a selection of the works of the “Roman School” of Pop Art, examples of Arte Povera fundamental works from the area of Italian neo-expressionism, known as the Transavanguardia, and a considerable group of works of the New Geometry of the United States, of the 1980s and 1990s, followed by the most recent experimentations in both the United States and Great Britain.

Most of the collection’s twenty-first century works have not been included in the permanent exhibition, and are presented in thematic shows in the ground floor spaces for temporary exhibitions and new projects commissioned to international artists. The Collezione Maramotti also exhibits and acquires the projects of artists who are awarded the two-yearly Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, for emerging women artists working in the United Kingdom. The collection is itself a “work in progress” and continues to explore the history of contemporary art as it unfolds.

CLAUDIO PARMIGGIANI, Caspar David Friedrich, 1989. © the artist
CLAUDIO PARMIGGIANI, Caspar David Friedrich, 1989. © the artist
MARIO MERZ, La frutta siamo noi, 1988. © Fondazione Merz, Torino
MARIO MERZ, La frutta siamo noi, 1988. © Fondazione Merz, Torino
CY TWOMBLY, GASTONE NOVELLI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
CY TWOMBLY, GASTONE NOVELLI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
FAUSTO MELOTTI, GIUSEPPE UNCINI, MARIO SCHIFANO, TANO FESTA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Cesare Di Liborio
FAUSTO MELOTTI, GIUSEPPE UNCINI, MARIO SCHIFANO, TANO FESTA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Cesare Di Liborio
SANDRO CHIA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
SANDRO CHIA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ENZO CUCCHI, MIMMO PALADINO, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ENZO CUCCHI, MIMMO PALADINO, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ENZO CUCCHI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ENZO CUCCHI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MARGHERITA MANZELLI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MARGHERITA MANZELLI, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
SIGMAR POLKE, ANSELM KIEFER, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
SIGMAR POLKE, ANSELM KIEFER, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ERIC FISCHL, MALCOLM MORLEY, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ERIC FISCHL, MALCOLM MORLEY, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JULIAN SCHNABEL, DAVID SALLE, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JULIAN SCHNABEL, DAVID SALLE, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
DAVID SALLE, SANDRO CHIA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
DAVID SALLE, SANDRO CHIA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JULIAN SCHNABEL, ALEX KATZ, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JULIAN SCHNABEL, ALEX KATZ, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ROSS BLECKNER,  Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ROSS BLECKNER, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
PETER HALLEY,  Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
PETER HALLEY, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
RAY SMITH,  Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
RAY SMITH, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN, NICKY HOBERMAN,  Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN, NICKY HOBERMAN, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MATTHEW RITCHIE, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MATTHEW RITCHIE, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
PINO PASCALI, JANNIS KOUNELLIS, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: C. Dario Lasagni
PINO PASCALI, JANNIS KOUNELLIS, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: C. Dario Lasagni
JULES DE BALINCOURT, Psychedelic Soldier, 2012.
Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Photo: Joseph Desler Costa
JULES DE BALINCOURT, Psychedelic Soldier, 2012. Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Photo: Joseph Desler Costa
GILBERTO ZORIO, GIOVANNI ANSELMO, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Carlo Vannini
GILBERTO ZORIO, GIOVANNI ANSELMO, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Carlo Vannini
KAARINA KAIKKONEN, Are We Still Going On?, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
KAARINA KAIKKONEN, Are We Still Going On?, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MARK MANDERS, Cose in corso. Photo: Dario Lasagni
MARK MANDERS, Cose in corso. Photo: Dario Lasagni
BEATRICE PEDICONI, 9’/ Unlimited, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Collezione Maramotti
BEATRICE PEDICONI, 9’/ Unlimited, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Collezione Maramotti
VITO ACCONCI, MARK DION, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
VITO ACCONCI, MARK DION, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
TOM SACHS, BARRY X BALL, ERICK SWENSON, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
TOM SACHS, BARRY X BALL, ERICK SWENSON, Installation View Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
CHRISTOPHER WOOL, ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
CHRISTOPHER WOOL, ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
CHRISTOPHER WOOL, ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni CHRISTOPHER WOOL, ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
EVGENY ANTUFIEV, Twelve, wood, dolphin, knife, bowl, mask, crystal, bones and marble – fusion. Exploring materials, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
EVGENY ANTUFIEV, Twelve, wood, dolphin, knife, bowl, mask, crystal, bones and marble – fusion. Exploring materials, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ANSELM KIEFER, ETTORE COLLA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
ANSELM KIEFER, ETTORE COLLA, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JASON DODGE, A permanently open window, from 5.05.2013 – permanent. Photo: Dario Lasagni
JASON DODGE, A permanently open window, from 5.05.2013 – permanent. Photo: Dario Lasagni
TOM SACHS, Large Glock Box, 1995. © the artist
TOM SACHS, Large Glock Box, 1995. © the artist
CHANTAL JOFFE, Moll with the Cat, 2014. © Chantal Joffe, Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro Gallery, Collezione Maramotti
CHANTAL JOFFE, Moll with the Cat, 2014. © Chantal Joffe, Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro Gallery, Collezione Maramotti
JANNIS KOUNELLIS, Untitled, 1961. © the artist
JANNIS KOUNELLIS, Untitled, 1961. © the artist
MIMMO PALADINO, Campi Flegrei, 1982-1983
MIMMO PALADINO, Campi Flegrei, 1982-1983
PETER HALLEY, The Western Sector, 1989-1990. © the artist
PETER HALLEY, The Western Sector, 1989-1990. © the artist
ELLEN GALLAGHER, Oogaboogah, 1994. © the artist
ELLEN GALLAGHER, Oogaboogah, 1994. © the artist
ALBERTO BURRI, Sacco e Rosso, 1954. © Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini “Collezione Burri”, Città di Castello, Perugia
ALBERTO BURRI, Sacco e Rosso, 1954. © Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini “Collezione Burri”, Città di Castello, Perugia
KRIŠTOF KINTERA, Small Factory (Personal Industry L.T.D.), 2009. © Krištof Kintera, Photo: Dario Lasagni
KRIŠTOF KINTERA, Small Factory (Personal Industry L.T.D.), 2009. © Krištof Kintera, Photo: Dario Lasagni
ROSS BLECKNER, Family Plot, 1995. © the artist
ROSS BLECKNER, Family Plot, 1995. © the artist
LAURE PROUVOST, Farfromwords: car mirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni
LAURE PROUVOST, Farfromwords: car mirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells, Installation View at Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Dario Lasagni

The Collezione Maramotti is included in the Art Guide.