The Foundation

The Foundation for Italian Art and Culture, FIAC, is a non-profit, US incorporated organization established in New York City in 2003. FIAC's main purpose is to promote the knowledge and the appreciation of the Italian cultural and artistic traditions from the classical period to modern times in the United States and it works in closely with the Italian Ministry of Culture to accomplish this mission. In addition to sponsoring its own programs and exhibitions, FIAC acts as an intermediary between Italy and the United States to facilitate exchanges between American and Italian institutions. FIAC encourages all US institutions and individuals interested in Italian art and culture and the planning of events to contact the Foundation to discuss future collaborative opportunities.


Amb. Armando Varricchio
Ambassador of Italy to the United States

Amb. Daniele D. Bodini

Cons. Alain Elkann

Mr. William Acquavella

Mrs. Terry Allen Kramer

Mr. Lorenzo Bini-Smaghi

Mr. John Dyson

Mr. Massimo Ferragamo

Mr. Mario Gabelli

Mr. Joseph Perella

Prof. Giuliano Urbani

Amb. Sergio Vento



Alain Elkann

Olivia D'Aponte
Executive Director

Advisors in the United States

Dr. Richard Armstrong
Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum

Dr. Colin Bailey
Director, The Morgan Library & Museum

Dr. Peter Bowron
Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Dr. Emily Braun
Professor of the History of Art, City University of New York, Graduate Center

Dr. David Brown
Curator of Italian Painting, National Gallery of Art

Dr. Keith Christiansen
The Jayne Wrightsman Curator of European Paintings,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dr. David Freedberg
Director, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies,
Columbia University

Dr. Jay Levenson
Director, International Programs, Museum of Modern Art

Glenn D. Lowry
Director, The Museum of Modern Art

Dr. Nicholas Penny
Director, National Gallery of Art, London

Dr. Gary Vikan
Director, The Walters Art Museum

Dr. Stephan Wholohojian
Curator, The Harvard Art Museum

Advisors in Italy

Dott.ssa Giovanna Melandri
Chairman of the MAXXI Foundation

Prof. Francesco Buranelli
Secretary to the Pontifical Committee for Cultural Heritage (Vatican State)

Dott.ssa Caterina Bon Valsassina
Regional Director of the Cultural Heritage of the Lombardia Region

Prof. Andrea Carandini
President, F.A.I.

Arch. Roberto Cecchi
Deputy Minister for the Italian Ministry of Culture

Dott.ssa Cristina Acidini
Superintendent of the Musuems of Florence

Prof. Louis Godart
Special Counsellor for the Conservation of the Arts at the Presidency of the Italian Republic

Dott. Luigi Malnati
Superintendent of Archaeological Heritage for the Emilia Romagna Region

Dott. Salvatore Nastasi
Director General of Spettacolo dal Vivo, Italian Ministry of Culture

Dott.ssa Lorenza Mochi Onori
Superintendent of the Museums of Naples

Dott. Antonio Paolucci
Director of the Vatican Museums (Vatican State)

Dott. Giuseppe Proietti
Former Director of the Italian Ministry of Culture

Arch. Antonia P. Recchia
Secretary General, Italian Ministry of Culture

Dott.ssa Rosanna Rummo
Director General for the Archives, Italian Ministry of Culture

Prof. Salvatore Settis
Former Dean of the “Scuola Normale Superiore” in Pisa

Prof. Nicola Spinosa
Former Superintendent of the Museum of Naples, Counsellor to the Italian Ministry of Culture

Prof. Claudio Strinati
Former Superintendent of the Museums of Rome, Counsellor to the Italian Minisstry of Culture

Dott.ssa Daniela Porro
Superintendent of the Museums of Rome