Artecinema, the splendid international festival of films dedicated to contemporary art, returns to Naples for its 26th edition, from 15 to 18 October. 

We are talking about an event of the highest artistic and historical value, which has become a pillar of contemporary culture and dissemination in Naples.

The city thus opens up once again to the latest trends coming from the world of art, with the latter able to find more and more connections with the public, and it is here that it succeeds through the medium of film not only to inform but also to excite and educate through art. 

Artecinema, an event that has made Naples history since 1996

The event has been organized and made possible since 1996 by art historian, gallery owner, and art director Laura Trisorio, who for this edition has planned a program of 24 films divided into three sections: photography, art, and its surroundings and architecture and design.

The event will be divided between the Teatro Augusteo and the oldest opera house in the world, the San Carlo in Naples (founded in 1737), which on the opening night will pay homage to the great Italian artist Marisa Albanese, who recently passed away, and then continue with a feature film on Banksy, the artist who is still faceless but one of the most famous on the international scene. 

The return in presence is a strong signal for the cultural life of Naples and Italy in general, which in this edition will be flanked by the well-tested use of digital. The entire festival will be accessible online from 16 to 22 October 2021 for all possible devices. 

A legacy left by the unfortunate pandemic crisis but which has now been transformed into an incredible opportunity. 

The digital world is an extension of the physical world and allows artecinema to reach art lovers and art enthusiasts all over the world. The films will all be in their original language with Italian or English subtitles.

An incredible journey through cinema and contemporary art

The journey through art will take Naples to discover stories and artists from every corner of the world. 

The program includes films on Marina Abramović, the "grandmother" of performance art, and on the master of social and environmental art Joseph Beuys.

Other docu-films will combine the historical with the present, focusing on art protagonists of all times such as Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski, Albrecht Dürer, Lucio Fontana, Wolfgang Laib, and Guadalupe Maravilla.

Space is also given to great photography with films on Helmut Newton and Rosalena Maristella.

Pino Pascali, Eugenio Tibaldi, Michael Rakowitz, John Wood & Paul Harrison, the architects Alvar Aalto and Ettore Sottsass will encourage us to investigate the new ideas revolving around living. 

In conclusion, the film on Man Ray, filmed in 1937 while on holiday in Antibes, with his friends Pablo Picasso, Dora Maar, Paul Eluard, and Lee Miller.

In short, contemporary art is now just a stone's throw away, all you have to do is welcome it, Naples will do it!