Presentation of the book – Demetrio Paparoni “Come la politica condiziona l’arte”

02.12.2023, 17:30

Presentation of the book “Come la politica condiziona l’arte” by Demetrio Paparoni, published by Ponte alle Grazie.


Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at 5.30PM, at BUILDING

with the author, Elena Kostioukovitch and Davide Rampello


RSVP reservation is required, limited places: or +39 02 89094995


The so-called “art system” is becoming more and more at the center of discussions in which not only insiders, but also politicians and cultural figures are grappling and taking sides, raising questions in public opinion as well. The aspiration of the author is to help understanding to the core all the mechanisms that animate and condition those in power today to exercise extreme forms of censorship against artists.

In this book, the compelling story of the relationship between art and power is enlivened by tormented figures but also unscrupulous characters, heroes and adventurers, depicting an exciting and passionate portrait of the art world and the challenges that art, luckily, never ceases to offer us.


Elena Kostioukovitch (Kiev, 1958) is a essayist, novelist and translator. Writer in Russian and Italian, she was responsible for the Russian editions, among others, of Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, I promessi sposi by Alessandro Manzoni and Il nome della rosa by Umberto Eco. In 1988, Kostioukovitch moved from Moscow to Italy to teach Russian literature and literary translation techniques: at first at the University of Trento, then in Trieste and Milan,  where she lives. Member of the “Memorial” association (awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2022) she deals with the violation of human rights in the post-Soviet territories and the impact of this factor on cultural life and on today’s political framework.


Davide Rampello (Raffadali, 1947) is a professor, cultural consultant, art director and curator. Begun his career with Rai in the 1970s as a historical researcher, author and television director, between 1992 and 1994, he became artistic director of Venice Carnival, and during the 1990s, he was curator of important exhibitions in several venues, such as the Biennale, Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice or Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. Rampello was president of Triennale Milano from 2003 to 2012, and creator and curator of Pavilion Zero at Expo Milano 2015. Since 2017 heis artistic director of Rampello & Partners, for which he has curated several projects in recent years. Since 2020 he is artistic director of the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai.


Demetrio Paparoni (Siracusa, 1954) is an art critic and curator, and founder of the reknown contemporary art magazine Tema Celeste and the homonymous publishing house, which he directed since its birth in 1983 until 2000. From 1996 to 2008 he taught History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Catania. His second to last book Arte e Poststoria, Conversazione sulla fine dell’estetica e altro, realized with Arthur C. Danto (Neri Pozza, 2019) has been published in the United States by Columbia University Press in 2022.