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.
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.

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I.D.E.A. 2021 .

First appointment on May 15 and 16 with the exhibition by Vanessa Safavi.

Dolls and Goddesses is a solo exhibition by Vannessa Safavi (Lausanne, 1980) curated by Marco Tagliafierro, which will take shape from the artist's residency at the farmhouse between April and May. The exhibition explores, with humour and a sense of provocation, the sculptural possibilities of the representation of the body, questioning the relationship with illness, sexuality and identity. On display are a series of glazed ceramics inspired by ex votos that, in different cultures and religions, represent fragments of the body that are asked to be healed.

The new exhibition activities will open on 15 May 2021 and will continue in September with the solo exhibition of Thomas De Falco (1982), artist in residence from June 2021.

During 2021 some collaborations with artists and galleries will bring new works and installations to the spaces of the farmhouse, such as the works by Paul Gees and Marco Andrea Magni with Loom Gallery.

Expression of the soul of its creator Nicoletta Rusconi, collector and patron whose path in the art system is in continuous evolution, Cascina I.D.E.A. is supported by an association of critics, collectors, scholars, who support her in the management of new projects such as the Apulian edition of Cascina I.D.E.A. which will see the light in June 2021 with the residence of the artistic duo Genuardi/Ruta.

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Via Guglielmo Marconi 26
Agrate Conturbia (NO)
Visit by appointment by writing to federica@nicolettarusconi.com