Friday 20 September 2019, 19:00 - 20:30
Summer at MAXXI - Documentary screening and talk.

Follow the Paintings

MAXXI Auditorium – free admittance until full capacity
10 individual seats reserved for myMAXXI cardholders writing to mymaxxi@fondazionemaxxi.it by the day before the event

Anonymity. Secrecy. Luxury. A documentary that investigates the global art market and its silences.

The global art market has reached about 60 billion euros in transactions; more than double compared to ten years ago. Galleries and auction houses continue to record records. Behind purchases: museums, enthusiasts, extensive collections. But not only. In fact, art has become a useful tool, even for the crime.

Follow the paintings is a documentary produced by Sky that investigates this market and its silences. Its reticence about opaque investments. Money laundering in paintings and galleries is, in fact, a global problem, known to experts but rarely addressed. This inquiry explores the issue for the first time through two concrete cases and the answers of Italian and European experts to some key questions. The plot is crossed by images that open to the “behind the canvas” of the sector: from the inaccessible freeports where the works are kept to the fairs in which they are exposed, from the creation of the canvases to the auctions.

After the screening, there will be a debate in the presence of the authors Francesca Sironi, Alberto Gottardo, and Paolo Fantauzzi

Introduction 
Giovanna Melandri Fondazione MAXXI President

Speakers
Guido Maria Brera corporate executive and writer
Federico Cafiero De Raho
National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor
Hou Hanru MAXXI Artistic Director
Federico Varese 
criminologist and academic

In collaboration with The CO2 Crisis Opportunity Onlus

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11 October 2019 - 12 October 2019
Summer at MAXXI. Spring Attitude Festival