Ferrara Arte is a foundation that was created for the purpose of organizing exhibitions of international significance following in the city's tradition as a centre of art and culture.
Their first show was in 1991-92 when, together with the Musée Marmottan, Ferrara Arte organized a retrospective of the works of Giovanni Boldini in Paris, which was followed by the exhibition Claude Monet e i suoi amici in Ferrara.
Since then, Ferrara Arte has regularly organized exhibitions on a variety of themes: ancient art, European art from the 1400s to the 1900s, 20th century Italian art, and last but not least, great works of modern and contemporary Ferrarese painting.
Previous exhibitions include:
Spina. Storia di una città tra Greci ed Etruschi; Paul Gauguin e l'avanguardia russa; Max Klinger; De Pisis; Pompei. Abitare sotto il Vesuvio; Boldini. Opere su carta; Camille Pissarro; Thomas Gainsborough; Dosso Dossi; Picasso. Scolpire e dipingere la ceramica; Da Canaletto a Constable; Da Dahl a Munch; Alfred Sisley; Sargent e l'Italia; Shakespeare nell'arte; Degas e gli italiani a Parigi; Rauschenberg; Il Cubismo. Rivoluzione e tradizione; Corot. Natura, emozione, ricordo; André Derain; Il Simbolismo. Da Moreau a Gauguin a Klimt; Cosmè Tura e Francesco del Cossa; Miró: la terra; Turner e l'Italia; Morandi. L'arte dell'incisione; Boldini nella Parigi degli Impressionisti, Da Braque a Kandinsky a Chagall. Aimé Maeght e i suoi artisti, Chardin. Il pittore del silenzio, Gli anni folli. La Parigi di Modigliani, Picasso e Dalí. 1918-1933, Sorolla. Giardini di luce; Boldini, Previati e De Pisis. Due secoli di grande arte a Ferrara and Lo sguardo di Michelangelo. Antonioni e le arti. These exhibitions have captured the interest of critics and the public alike, making Palazzo dei Diamanti one of the most prestigious and most visited exhibition venues in Italy.
Many thanks are owed to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Yale Center for British Art, the Tate, the Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenaghen, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, the MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Museo del Prado who have worked with Ferrara Arte in organizing these exhibitions. Equally important has been the contributions of numerous scholars who have curated exhibitions at Palazzo dei Diamanti, along with curators of public and private collections from all over the world who have generously loaned exceptional works of art from their collections.
Today Ferrara Arte continues to fulfill its mandate in identifying and organizing these significant exhibitions. The combined strength of the quality of their initiatives and their ability to attract audiences, their strong vocation to plan and realize these projects in collaboration with other museums and internationally recognized Italian and foreign scholars; their interest in exploring beyond the best known artists and movements, including delving into the past to reveal lesser known artists and movements, and finally, their ability for long term planning which is the seal that guarantees how seriously they undertake to achieve their goals.