The Fondazione Memmo was established in 1990 to realise the dream of its founder, Roberto Memmo, who desired to bring a broad public closer to the world of art, by a direct knowledge of masterpieces coming from every age and culture.
In 2012 the direction board presented a new exhibition programme, entirely dedicated to the contemporary art scene.
The aim is to contribute to the development of a local cultural texture in a global perspective, connecting international realities and promoting the interaction between the artists and the city of Rome.
Through the organization and production of exhibitions, performances, residencies, talks, conferences, workshops and arts publications, the Fondazione Memmo desires to promote the present time in order to contribute to the development of our future.
The new program started in 2012 with the residency and the exhibition of the American artist Sara VanDerBeek, followed in 2013 by the exhibition CHRON II dedicated to Sterling Ruby and in 2014 by AutoBody Collision, a solo show of Shannon Ebner.
In 2015 a new group show titled Conversation Piece, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, has been presented to the public; yearly editions have followed, involving artists who are at the moment living in Rome and attending foreign academies that play an active role in the city.
In 2016 Fondazione hosted Monday, a solo show by the french artist Camille Henrot, in 2017 the italian artist Giuseppe Gabellone has been invited for a solo exhibition curated by Fancesco Stocchi who has also curated in 2018 Kerstin Brätsch_Ruine and KAYA_KOVO.