This is not propaganda

Pizziolo, M & Ravasio, R 2013, This is not propaganda. Arte contemporanea italiana. Collezione Antonio Stellatelli, L’Artistica, Savigliano.

The coordinates of this collection are geographical and generational. Dedicated to contemporary Italian art, Antonio Stellatelli’s collection, curated by Marina Pizziolo and Romano Ravasio, includes paintings, sculptures and photographs by 43 Italian artists born after 1960. The result is an original map showing the situation of art in Italy that reflects some passionate personal research. Among the artists represented in the collection, Giovanni Frangi, Federico Guida, Andrea Mastrovito, Alessandro Papetti, Luca Pignatelli, Velasco, Andrea Bianconi, Gehard Demetz, Livio Scarpella, Luca Andreoni, Olivo Barbieri, Matteo Basilè and Luisa Lambri.

“We can say aloud of this collection, rather we can sing and hum it, as Sehgal did: ‘This is not propaganda’. This collection is not an advertising machine, in order to make money. Inside it there is the dream of a man, the collector, and of many men and women, the artists, who together with their paintings, their sculptures and their photographs have composed a mosaic of a future that is so brief that it has already been and gone”.

The book was launched at the Italian Cultural Institutes of New York and New Delhi, with two conferences on the reasons for collecting art.
Here below the full version of the book. You can browse the 280 pages of the eBook, read the essay by Marina Pizziolo, the in-depth interview with the collector and look at the 340 artworks. A real guided visit that allows you to discover a great private collection, not accessible to the public.

Italian Institute of Culture, New Delhi, presenting the book. From left: Farah Siddiqui, Anurag Khanna, Neha Choksi, Antonio Stellatelli, Marina Pizziolo and Sree Goswami

Romano Ravasio and the Indian collector Anurag Khanna, conference at the Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi

Marina Pizziolo and Antonio Stellatelli, below left, with some of the artists represented in the collection. Above from left, Giovanni Frangi, Velasco, Luca Pignatelli, Federico Guida, Marco Cingolani, Livio Scarpella, Paolo Schmidlin, Barbara Nahmad, Alessandro Papetti, Marco Cornini and Rita Stellatelli, the collector’s wife