This is the first encyclopedia dedicated to contemporary art at an international level. Characterized by an innovative graphic design, it combines, as is usual in all Treccani projects, the competence and prestige of critical essays with a true profusion of visual contributions: an extraordinary form of communication through images combined with the usual analytical rigor that has made the history of the Institute. Accurate testimony of the creative forces of our time, Contemporary Art represents an organic synthesis of high sociological, historical and cultural value.
4 illustrated volumes in 23.5x31 cm format
Leather covers with letters and gold friezes
About 800 pages for each volume
435 Authors, among the greatest scholars of history and criticism of the arts from all over the world, of aesthetics, historians, writers, Italians and foreigners
Over 3600 headwords and subheadings: monographic, thematic, container and interdisciplinary or transnational entries.
"The contemporary art of the twentieth and thirteenth centuries has substantially changed its means of production and its meanings, adapting to the times and our way of life, to interpret the demands of the present, identifying spaces and moments of reflection and comparison on the great issues of our time. Its 'liquidity' and the dense network of relationships it interweaves with our social, economic and cultural life make it difficult to investigate in an orderly and exhaustive manner. The work Contemporary Art therefore aims to return a possible architecture of matter, a reasoned collection and a choral story of the major artistic experiences of our time ".
(from the Presentation by Massimo Bray, Director General of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia )