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Cantica21: Installation of the work by Giacomo Segantin


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On Saturday, December 11, 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) will participate in the 17th edition of Contemporary Art Day (Giornata del Contemporaneo), promoted by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums), in collaboration with the ministry. Each year, museums, foundations and public and private institutions are invited to speak about the vitality of contemporary art in Italy.

For this occasion, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto is pleased to present the work Senza titolo (progetto sassaia) by Giacomo Segantin.

The artist and the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, Veronica Manson, will be live via Zoom on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:30PM to present the work and discuss the project from which it was born. The work travelled to Toronto from Italy and will remain on public display at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura until February 28, 2022. The virtual inauguration and discussion will be open to public participation during the Q&A session.

The work is the winner of the Under 35 Section of the Public Call Cantica 21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere, promoted by the Directorate-General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.



Senza titolo (progetto sassaia)


Giacomo Segantin


Tuesday, December 7 | 12:30PM EST
Online via ZOOM | Free Event | Registration Required



December 8, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St | Toronto ON

To request an appointment to see the piece, please email the Istituto at or call us at (416) 921-3802



The project stems from the need to articulate the complexity of what we call “landscape”. The need to abolish the dichotomy between man and nature is fundamental since the risk of this thought is to consider nature as a passive element and therefore subordinate to the will and action of man. During a residency in the former ENI Village in Borca di Cadore, the artist developed research on the territory, as the “result of long-lasting co-evolutionary processes between human settlement and the environment”. The former ENI Village offers an exemplary case where it is impossible to establish the boundary between urban design and natural dynamics. Imitating this process an installation was created inside the debris cone adjacent to the Village. It consisted of a line of pulverized acacia leaves, spread out along a gravel ridge within the stony ground. An ambiguous image was produced by the meeting of two instances of natural dynamics design: the artistic intervention and the maintenance of the debris cone by the civil defense. The goal was to break down the concept of humanity that is superior to and opposed to nature, highlight the relational character of the context in which we live and underline the limits – and the inevitable failure – of implementing an ecological change limited to the environmental level. The photographic image summarizes the complexity of the project and is the only proof of the installation, which disappeared within a few hours.


Cantica21 is an initiative launched jointly by MAECI, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and MiBACT, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (currently MiC, the Italian Ministry of Culture), that promotes and enhances Italian contemporary art, supporting the production of works by emerging or established artists, and exhibiting them in Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates.

The goal of the project is to convey an authentic image of the country, building a new and stronger narrative of Italy abroad, through themes and values ​​linked to contemporaneity. This initiative also arises in the aftermath of the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, as a support measure for visual artists. The selected works will be exhibited in a vast, widespread art exhibition that will take place in Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates around the world.

The aim is to also create a reserve of works intended to increase the Italian public collections of contemporary art. These works, after international circulation, may eventually become part of the Italian Contemporary Art Collection of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (The Farnesina Collection).


Made possible with the support of:

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Event organized on the occasion of the seventeenth edition of Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art Day promoted by AMACI with the support of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.