ANSELMO VILLATA, an art critic, curator and journalist, was born in Vercelli, Italy on April 27th, 1981. In May 1999, he managed to be included in the register of the National Association of Journalists, and he is still the youngest to have achieved this result. Since 2004 he has been the president of the National Institute of Contemporary Art, through which he promotes and disseminates contemporary art at the national and international level by creating synergies between public and private institutions. He has coordinated 130 exhibitions and has personally curated more than 30 in Italy, China, the United States, the Czech Republic, Malta, Greece, and France. Since the beginning of his career he has published more than 40 books and over 300 articles on specialized media. He is a member of AICA and lives and works mainly in Italy.
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Italy is one of the countries richest in artistic heritage: it is an incomparable resource, something that has become part of the cultural DNA with the potential to lend tremendous vitality to the present. At the same time, there is a risk of this past becoming a burden.