GAMeC Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo
The GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is a well-reputed museum of modern and contemporary art in Bergamo, northern Italy.
Opened in 1991, the GAMeC is located in the historical center of Bergamo, a beautiful medieval city in the Lombardy region, housed in a former 15th-century monastery (known as Monastero delle Dimesse e delle Servite) redeveloped after a design by Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti. The gallery is situated next to the Accademia Carrara, together with which it forms one of the leading art museum networks in Italy.
The “Enchanted Bodies / Fetish for freedom” exhibition at GAMeC, 2018, installation view; photo; Giulio Boem
The museum presents four collections of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture – the Stucchi collection, the Spajani collection, the Manzù collection, and the Carrara collection – as well as the Colombo archive focused on contemporary Italian photography.
With about 3,000 pieces in total, the collections comprise works by major 20th-century Italian and international artists, including Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Wassily Kandinsky, Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Hans Hartung, Zoran Music, Alberto Burri, Enrico Baj, Luis Feito, and Valerio Adami. The Manzù collection features a large number of works, mostly sculptures, by Bergamo-born artist Giacomo Manzù.
The program of events of the GAMeC mostly includes thematic and retrospective temporary exhibitions based either on works from the museum’s collections, presented on a rotating basis, or pieces on loan from national and international museums and cultural institutions. In the last years, the gallery hosted major special exhibitions dedicated to Raphael, Andy Warhol, Giorgio Morandi, Jan Fabre, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rashid Johnson, and Kazimir Malevich, to name a few.
Along with special exhibitions, the program of events and activities of GAMeC features guided tours, conferences, talks, and creative workshops for children. The museum also includes a bookshop and a cafe.
“Black Hole. Art and materiality from Informal to Invisible”, 2018-2019, installation view; photo: Antonio Maniscalco
“Raphael and the Echo of Myth”, 2018, installation view; photo Giancarlo Rota
“Andy Warhol. The multiplied work”, 2017, installation view; photo: Antonio Maniscalco
Cover image, the GAMeC Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in the former “Monastero delle Dimesse e delle Servite” in Bergamo, Italy, exterior view; photo: Giulio Boem.
All images courtesy of GAMeC
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