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ROME – White Night 2021 at Villa Medici “Soon the Night”

Two years later, the White Night of the French Academy in Rome is back. Scheduled for Thursday 4 November, with “Presto la Notte”, the first meeting point between the city of Rome and the scholars in residence at Villa Medici, until summer ’22.

The White Night sees the participation of the sixteen pensionnaires (fellows) currently guests at the Academy: visual artists, art historians, composers, writers, architects, designers, videomakers are the protagonists of this moment dedicated to contemporary creation. The interventions of the fellows, scattered in different points of the Villa, will constitute an essay of their individual and multidisciplinary research.

The proposals of the pensioners will take shape through visual works of art, performances, video projections, installations, sound interventions, conferences, creating a dynamic path that will touch the garden and the main building of the Villa, but also environments usually not accessible to the public. From this point of view, the White Night represents a unique opportunity to visit the Villa, in a condition – at night, and with the contributions of the fellows – full of suggestions.

The interventions of the pensionnaires will literally illuminate the rooms of the Villa: therefore ample space for video projections, as well as live performances, which will emphasize the ephemeral and momentary nature of the initiative.

The White Night is also notable for its laboratory dimension: not a real exhibition nor a traditional “open studio”, but an evening in which the fellows will have the opportunity to present themselves in Rome and its public, explore and become familiar with the spaces of the Villa, showing attitudes and approaches.

The title of this edition – Presto, la notte – on the one hand refers to the context in which the initiative takes place, between dusk and the early hours of the night; and, on the other hand, it can be interpreted as an exhortation, an incitement so that the night manifests itself quickly, with all the load of suggestions and inspirations it brings with it. A condition, that of the night, suspended between darkness and illumination, solitude and sharing, stillness and agitation; the Villa Medici event is an invitation to regain possession of the extreme hours of the day, on the sidelines of a period in which our relationship with them has been questioned during periods of confinement and curfew.

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The Villa Medici fellows 2021-2022:

Kaouther Adimi (scrittrice); Ivàn Argote (artista visivo e regista); Charlie Aubry (artista visivo e musicista); Théodora Barat (artista visiva); Samir Boumediene (dottore in storia); Nidhal Chamekh (artista visivo); Aude Fourel (cineasta); Marta Gentilucci (compositrice); Noémie Goddard (architetta d’interni); Evangelia Kranioti (artista visiva); Marielle Macé (scrittrice); Benoît Maire (artista visivo); Hèctor Parra Esteve (compositore); Julie Pellegrin (critica e curatrice); Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini (designer); Guy Regis Jr. (scrittore e regista teatrale).

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The curator of this path is Saverio Verini. The White Night is the first stage of a year-long journey, which will see Verini support the fellows up to the end-of-residency exhibition, scheduled for the summer of 2022.

Saverio Verini is curator of contemporary art exhibitions and events. He has collaborated with institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris, the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, MACRO, American Academy in Rome, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the ArtVerona fair. Currently he is in charge of coordinating the exhibitions of the Memmo Foundation in Rome. He collaborates with the magazine Artribune and writes critical texts on the occasion of solo and group exhibitions at museums, private galleries and other exhibition spaces. In 2018 he published the monograph Roberto Fassone for PostmediaBooks. Almost all the stories.

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About the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici

Founded in 1666 by Louis XIV, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici is a French cultural institution based since 1803 in Villa Medici, a 16th century villa surrounded by a seven-hectare park and located on the Pincio hill, in the heart of Rome.

Public body dependent on the French Ministry of Culture, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici carries out three complementary missions: to host artists and artists, creators and creators, historians and historians of art of high level in an annual residence or for shorter stays ; create a cultural and artistic program that affects all fields of art and creation and is aimed at a wide audience; preserve, restore, study and make known to the public its architectural and landscape heritage and its collections.

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Thursday 4 November 2021 from 7.00 pm to midnight (last admission at 11.30 pm)

Free admission (booking recommended but not mandatory, on

Free visit through the gardens and interior spaces of Villa Medici.

Bar & snack service all evening.

Mandatory checks at the entrance:

  • Green Pass valid
  • Body temperature detection with thermoscanner (access will not be allowed in case of temperature above 37.5 °)
  • Metal detector

Mandatory mask in interior spaces.

The following are prohibited: helmets of any kind; bulky backpacks and suitcases; animals, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind.

There is no cloakroom service.

Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis
Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1 – 00187 Roma
T. +39 06 67611 –


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