The Mart showcases artworks of particular significance to understanding and interpreting 20th-century Italian art, and at the same time keeps its finger on the pulse of the contemporary art scene.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, the Mart, is located in Trentino, in northern Italy, and is one of the most important italian museums. Its large complex has been designed by the swiss architect Mario Botta, together with the Rovereto engineer Giulio Andreolli, and inaugurated in Rovereto on 15 December 2002.

Mart Dome at night

Mart Dome at night

Mart has seen more than 2 million of visitors to date, and has produced original and innovative exhibitions - such as "Mountain art science myth", "The dance of the avant-gardes", "The Word in Art", "The Century of Jazz" or "Futurism 100"; exhibitions on Italian artists such as Medardo Rosso, Luigi Russolo, Thayaht, Fausto Melotti, Mario Sironi, Carol Rama, Alighiero Boetti, Vincenzo Agnetti; solo shows of leading international artists such as Douglas Gordon; and constant research in the worlds of design, applied arts and contemporary art.
The Mart has also increased over the years its commitment on a series of exhibitions abroad, focused on making best use of its own collections. In 2005, Mart organised the "Futurism 20th Century Abstraction" exhibition at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and in 2006 "Italia nova. An adventure in Italian art", at the Grand Palais, Paris. Also in 2006, Mart was invited to present an exhibition on 20th-century Italian art the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, and subsequently in Canton, at the Guangdong Museum of Art. In 2009, Mart produced a ground breaking exhibition devoted to Giorgio Morandi at the Phillips Collection of Washington, D.C.

The Mart garden

The Mart garden

The Mart's valuable permanent collection comprises of more than 13,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures, and has been built up over the years through acquisitions, donations, and bequests from important private collections. A large part of the collection is devoted to Futurism. Indeed, the Mart possesses more than 3,000 works - drawings, paintings, sculptures and tapestries - bequeathed to the museum by the artist Fortunato Depero.Italian twentieth-century art is represented by masterpieces by Osvaldo Licini, Mario Sironi, Massimo Campigli, Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà, and an important group of paintings by Giorgio Morandi.

The Mart is not just a conservation body but also, and above all, a 'cultural laboratory'. Its exhibition activity is closely linked to that of conservation, study, development, and research through the promotion of conventions, study days, seminars, conferences, and the programming of editorial initiatives about the study of archival sources. The exhibition area covers some 5,600 square metres and occupies the second and third floors of the building.

Mart Education

The Mart Education Department receives about 70,000 visitors a year (school parties and the general public) in its laboratories, for guided visits, art and history of art courses, as well as refresher courses for teachers.


October 01, 2013

Antonello da Messina (Source: Mart_Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto)

Keywords: "antonello da messina", painting, renaissance, painter, mart, rovereto, exhibition, art

The Mart, the Sicily Region, and the publishing house Electa present an exhibition dedicated to Antonello da Messina. International loans have granted for the occasion


June 24, 2013

Exhibition: Adalberto Libera. The ideal city

Fifty years after his death (and 110 after his birth), the Mart di Rovereto is dedicating a tribute to the Trentino-born Adalberto Libera, a leading exponent of modern Italian architecture Read full article

January 28, 2013

Rudolf Steiner. Alchemy of the Everyday

The first major retrospective on Rudolf Steiner, a universal thinker and artist. By the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, curated by Mateo Kries. Read full article

January 25, 2013

The Food Project. The shape of taste

Mart presents the art of industrial projects and experimental design applied to food. A busy programme of events will involve chefs of international standing. Read full article

October 17, 2012

The Magnificent Obsession

The Mart celebrates its tenth anniversary through an exhibition that redraws the relationship between its collections and the public, reflects about its heritage and embarks on a new way of observing these latter objectives. Read full article

October 12, 2012

David Claerbout first personal exhibition in Italy

The Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto presents the first personal exhibition to be dedicated to David Claerbout in Italy Read full article

August 28, 2012

Willi Baumeister. Paintings and Drawings

The first monographic exhibition in Italy dedicated to Willi Baumeister, the great master of abstract art of the 1930s Read full article

August 28, 2012

With the eyes, the heart and the mind.

The Trevisan collection, currently on long-term loan to the Mart, is one of the most important private collections of photographs in Italy; it comprises approximately 250 works, 200 of which selected for this exhibition. Read full article

August 28, 2012

Fausto Melotti's exhibition: Angelico Geometrico

The "Angelico Geometrico" exhibition aims to interpret this double presence of lightness and rigour with an itinerary that will highlight an extremely strong coherence of intent throughout Melotti’s life as an artist. Read full article

August 28, 2012

Another Time. From Decadentism to Modern style

Through about one hundred paintings, sculptures, design objects, books and original documents, the exhibition highlights one of the most interesting artistic and cultural phenomena of the 20th century, in which the protagonists are poets and writers. Read full article

May 24, 2012

Benvenuto Disertori. A Liberty Style

Fifty early works by Benvenuto Disertori (1886-1969), a Trentino-born etcher and renowned master of print-making Read full article

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