Surrounded by the green of the Piedmontese countryside, in Agrate Conturbia - a small town of 1,500 inhabitants 30 km from Novara - the restored spaces of an old farmhouse have been transformed into a place dedicated to artistic expression and artists: it is CASCINA I.D.E.A. the new project by Nicoletta Rusconi Art Projects inaugurated on 1 August 2020 with the site-specific outdoor interventions by Letizia Cariello and Giulia Dall'Olio, and the solo exhibition by Federico Pepe, THE BITS YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WAKE UP, curated by Marco Tagliafierro.

A place with multiple souls, CASCINA I.D.E.A. consists of large exhibition spaces in domestic and non-domestic environments, a residence for artists and a sculpture park: a mosaic of environments designed with the sole aim of offering artists the opportunity to experiment in total freedom.
This project replaces that of Cascina Maria, the artist's residence born in 2017 and recently completed, which in a former rural residence hosted artists including Igshaan Adams, Francesco Arena, Riccardo Beretta, Christiane Löhr and Eva Kot'átková. Cascina I.D.E.A. is therefore born as its evolution, as an opportunity for pure experimentation, in the desire to dissolve the boundaries between disciplines and to host experiments of land art.

Rural spaces want to bring back artists en plein air, offering a valid alternative to hangars or white cubes, because today more than ever a rediscovered relationship with nature can provide new stimuli and give life to shapes with new meanings. Finally, in the large outdoor space, Country Unlimited presents sculptures and environmental installations, completing the great Cascina I.D.E.A. project and further underlining the desire to move away from the traditional modus operandi of visual arts institutions, instead, a place of real experimentation and absolute freedom.

. press release (italian)

Press kits for inaugural events:

Via Guglielmo Marconi 28
Agrate Conturbia (NO)

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Images: © Studio Abbruzzese