Serena Fineschi

Serena Fineschi was born in Siena (IT) in 1973. She lives and works in Siena and in Brussels.

She studied at the Institute of Art “Duccio di Boninsegna” in Siena, she continued her education in graphic design in Siena, Firenze, Milano and she studied Contemporary Art history at the University of Siena.

She is one of the founders of Grand Hotel, a nomadic project in collaboration with italian and international artists. She also formed the cultural association Fondaco, a project aimed at the diffusion of contemporary Italian art and artists in the international scene. In 2016 she created Caveau, a safe built into the medieval walls of Siena to serve as a container for ideas. In 2018 with Alessandro Scarabello and Laura Viale she founded MODO asbl, a cultural association focused on contemporary art located in Brussels.

Her work is characterized by a research into the material and its origin by substraction, by time and based on study of the history of painting and with the constant physical presence of her body, crossing over the traditional performance processes.

Her artworks have been exhibited in various public and private institutions, such us:

CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Brussels (B), MANA Contemporary in Jersey City (NJ, USA), Fondation Thalie in Brussels (B), Cloud Seven in Brussels (B), Old Masters Museum, Musèes Royaux de beaux-arts de Belgique in Brussels (B), Italian Cultural Institute of Brussels, Brussels (B), Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière (B), Italian Embassy in Brussels, Brussels (B), Officina asbl contemporary, Brussels (B), Fréderic de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels (B), Museum of modern and contemporary art Raffaele de Grada in San Gimignano (Siena, IT), Museum Complesso Museale SMS Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (IT), Palazzo delle Papesse Centre of contemporary art, Siena (IT), Corderie dell’Arsenale in Venice (for the Venice Architecture Biennale) (IT), Casa Masaccio Centre of contemporary art in San Giovanni Valdarno (Arezzo, IT); CRAC in Cremona (IT), Assab One in Milano (IT), “Border Crossing” for the Biennale Manifesta12 in Palermo (IT); Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Palazzo da Mosto in Reggio Emilia (IT), BienNolo, Independent Biennale of contemporary art in Milano (IT), Complesso Ospedaletto Contemporaneo in Venice (IT), Palazzo Monti in Brescia (IT), Centro espositivo Villa Pacchiani in Santa Croce sull’Arno (IT), MO.ca Centro per le nuove culture in Brescia (IT), Spazio Berlendis in Venice (IT).

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

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SOLO SHOW

2021
Sacro e Profano, Galleria Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)
It’s time, Villa Seghi Rospigliosi, Prato (IT)

2020
Vogliamo parlare d’amore? curated by Marina Dacci, Palazzo Monti, Brescia (IT)
Flashback Opera Viva _ Il Manifesto curated by Christian Caliandro, Barriera Milano, Torino (IT)
Il Crepaccio IG Show curated by Caroline Corbetta

2019
Si parlerà di corpi, dunque. Bene! (with Serena Vestrucci), Zentrum/Surplace, Varese (IT)

2018
After the Party curated by Emmanuel Lambion, M12 Contemporary art, Brussels (B)

2017
Caveau, Museum Complesso Museale SMS Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (IT)
Darstellung a dialogue with Marina Dacci, Frédéric De Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels (B)

2016
Corpo a corpo (with Marta dell’Angelo) curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Galleria Passaggi Arte Contemporanea, Pisa (IT)

2015
Dans le dèsordre du payasage curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Canal 05 Art Gallery, Brussels (B)

2014
Stato di Grazia, special project-urban performance, Siena city center curated by Antonello Tolve and Brick Centro per la ricerca e la cultura contemporanea, Siena (IT)
Fortepiano curated by Esther Biancotti and Jacopo Figura, Galleria FuoriCampo, Brussels (B)

2013
Il primo giorno di sole curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Galleria FuoriCampo, Siena (IT)
RSVP arte contemporanea in spazi privati curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Casa Piccolomini, Siena (IT)

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GROUP SHOW

2021
Inaspettatamente (Unexpectedly), curated by Frédéric De Goldschmidt and Gregory Lang, Cloud Seven, Brussels (B)
La Vie matérielle, curated by Marina Dacci and Carin Fol, CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Brussels (B)
At work!, curated by Ilaria Bignotti and Acme Art Lab, MO.Ca Centro per le nuove culture, Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia and Spazio Berlendis, Venice (IT)
Fragile, curated by Christian Caliandro, Monitor Gallery, Rome (IT)
Bye-bye His-Story, curated by Emmanuel Lambion, Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière (B)
Hétèrotopie, curated by Edoardo Monti, Bubble’n’Squeak, Brussels (B)
Premio Grafica Santa Croce sull’Arno, curated by Ilaria Mariotti, Villa Pacchiani, Centro Espositivo, Santa Croce sull'Arno, Pisa (IT).

2020
Transatlantico, curated by Edoardo Monti, MANA Contemporary Art, Jersey City, New Jersey (USA)
Together we stand!, a project by Marignana Arte, Marina Bastianello Gallery and Galleria Michela Rizzo, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (IT)
I dreamed a dream curated by Domenico De Chirico, Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)

2019
Habiter l’intime curated by Anne Pontegnie, Fondation Thalie, Brussels (B)
BienNolo, Independent Biennale of contemporary art, Ex pastificio Cova, Milano (IT)
La quarta notte di quiete (Scarti) in collaboration with ArtVerona, curated by Christian Caliandro, Veronetta, Verona (IT)
Trauma curated by Ilaria Bignotti, Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)
Reagents curated by Daniele Capra, Ospedaletto Contemporaneo, Complesso dell’Ospedaletto, Venice (IT)
Stanze curated by Ilaria Bignotti and Maria Grazia Savarese, Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)

2018
La vita materiale project by Marina Dacci, Palazzo da Mosto, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia (IT)
Border Crossing, Biennale Manifesta12, Palermo (IT)
Rendez-vous, Serena Fineschi, Alessandro Scarabello, Hans Op de Beeck, Museès Royal de Beaux-arts de Belgique, OldMasters Museum and Italian Cultural Institute of Brussels, Brussels (B)
Generations curated by Ilaria Bignotti, Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)
W.W.W. What Walls Want curated by Ilaria Bignotti, Marignana Arte, Venice (IT)

2017
White Covers curated by Carin Fol and Frédéric De Goldschmidt, Frédéric De Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels (B)
Grand Hotel curated by Serena Fineschi and Marco Andrea Magni, Surplace, Varese (IT)
L’instabilità degli oggetti curated by Pietro Gaglianò, ex-Atelier Corradi, Bologna (IT)
Pubbliche intimità, Galleria Passaggi Arte Contemporanea, Bologna (IT)

2016
Fine del possibile, tra l’esausto e l’esaustivo, Galleria Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Firenze (IT)
Grand Hotel curated by Serena Fineschi and Marco Andrea Magni for Fuori Quadriennale, Gallery of Art Temple University of Rome, Rome (IT)
From the City, in collaboration with the Venice Architecture Biennale, Corderie dell’Arsenale and A plus A Gallery, Venice (IT)
La pelle (Skin), in collaboration with ArtBrussels and Indepenedent Art Fair, curated by Fondaco, Officina asbl, Brussels (B)
Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection, residence, Brussels (B);

2015
White Album, Zentrum/Surplace, Varese (IT)
La Camera delle Meraviglie curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Casa Masaccio Arte contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo (IT)
Distances curated by Matteo Innocenti, Valeria Cetraro and Edouard Escougnou, Galerie Cetraro, Paris (FR)
Grand Hotel curated by Serena Fineschi and Marco Andrea Magni, Riot Studio, Palazzo Marigliano, Napoli (IT)
Meno curated by Martino Margheri, Studio Mdt, Prato (IT)
Grand Hotel curated by Elena El Asmar, Serena Fineschi, Luca Pancrazzi and Marco Andrea Magni for InContemporanea, MuseumComplesso museale SMS Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (IT)
Distances - a project between Paris and Prato curated by Matteo Innocenti, Lato/Interno 8, Prato (IT)
Grand Hotel curated by Elena El Asmar, Serena Fineschi, Luca Pancrazzi and Marco Andrea Magni for Festival Studi#1 in Milan, Via Privata Pantelleria, Milano (IT)

2014
8+1 curated by Matteo Innocenti, Spazio Lato/BBS, Prato (IT)
Artiste Domiciliè, collectors residence project by Galleria FuoriCampo, Brussels (B)

2013
Un luogo aperto curated by Carolina Taddei, Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea “Raffaele de Grada”, San Gimignano, Siena (IT)
The Wall (archives)-beyond the railway a project by Pietro Gaglianò, B.go Loreto/SP, CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, Cremona (IT), Sponge arte contemporanea, Pergola (IT), ASSAB ONE, Milano (IT)
Sic, special project, Siena città candidata a Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019, Siena (IT)

2012
Made in Filandia 2012, residence, Pieve a Presciano, Arezzo (IT).