FMAV - Palazzina dei Giardini
Fondazione Modena Arti Visive is a center of cultural production and professional and educational training aimed at spreading contemporary art and visual culture and at acting as a point of reference in the interaction between different disciplines and artistic languages and in the dialogue between the arts, science and technologies.
Thanks to the multiplicity of venues it manages and gathering the legacy of the three institutions merged into it - Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione Fotografia di Modena, Museo della Figurina - Fondazione Modena Arti Visive presents itself as a cultural district that proposes and organizes exhibitions and courses of advanced training, workshops, performances and conferences, enhancing its heritage and building a system of networks at local and extra-territorial level aimed at enriching the community in which it operates. Commissioned in the seventeenth century by Francesco I d'Este as a "casino" – place of entertainment for the Este court – inside the gardens of Palazzo Ducale, the construction of the Palazzina is attributed to the architect Vigarani. Together with the park, it was donated a century later by the Duke to the citizens; over the years it fell into disuse, until it became a greenhouse and tool shed in the 20th century. Towards the end of the 1970s, as part of an enhancement plan for the historic center promoted by the municipal administration, the Palazzina was restored and brought back to its original scenographic function. A subsequent and recent conservative restoration has made it possible to further enhance the extraordinary quality of the spaces, the large windows, the spacious wall surfaces and the heights, making the Palazzina an excellent place for internationally renowned exhibitions.