Project Description

The Milky Way is a project conceived and curated by Damiana Leoni to support Pianoterra Association‘s activities. È una mostra d’arte che coinvolge artisti contemporanei italiani e stranieri che, con le loro opere, scelgono di sostenere i progetti di Pianoterra. It is an art exhibition that involves contemporary Italian and foreign artists who, with their works, choose to support Pianoterra’s projects. Its name is inspired by the first project that the Pianoterra Association has activated in Naples, Support for breastfeeding / Right to breastfeed, with the aim of supporting breastfeeding and providing formulated milk to mothers who cannot do it for various reasons and living in uncomfortable conditions. The Milky Way aims to be something more than a fundraising initiative: it is a way to give shape and depth to a network of people committed to building community welfare able to take care, educate, contain and repair, but above all prevent. The protagonists of this project are first and foremost the artists: creating means transforming, and the work of art is a multiplier of energies that acts on the surrounding reality, opening the observer’s gaze to unprecedented possibilities, new roads, and possible worlds.

The Milky Way VERA | Alessandra Bonomo Gallery | Rome, 2022

From 19 to 21 May The Milky Way returns to Rome, this time at the Alessandra Bonomo Gallery. As with all past editions, this year too the exhibition is guided by a specific theme, in this case inspired by Damiana Leoni’s book VERA (ed. Quodlibet), a survey on the spring of emerging spaces that has affected the capital with a flourishing of places dedicated to independent experimentation and art managed by artists during the pandemic.

Many artists from the independent Roman spaces examined in the book VERA and located between Tor Bella Monaca, Centocelle, Quadraro, Pietralata, San Lorenzo and Trastevere districts, accepted our invitation to reflect on this theme and tell about their reality – and their springs – supporting with their works Pianoterra’s activities:

Sveva Angeletti, José Angelino, Paolo Assenza, Jacopo Belloni, Raniero Berardinelli, Sebastiano Bottaro, Alessandro Calizza, Cristiano Carotti,  Dario Carratta, Alessandra Cecchini, Eleonora Cerri Pecorella, Fabrizio Cicero, Christophe Constantin, Francesca Cornacchini, Francesco D’Aliesio, Malù dalla Piccola, Alessandro Dandini de Sylva, Arianna De Nicola, Marco De Rosa, Gaia Di Lorenzo, Federica Di Pietrantonio, Marco Emmanuele, Marco Eusepi, Chiara Fantaccione, Roberta Folliero, Andrea Frosolini, Federika Fumarola, Krizia Galfo, Alessandro Giannì, Eva Giolo, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, Luca Grechi, Luca Grimaldi, Greg Jager, Guglielmo Maggini, Luca Mamone, Gian Maria Marcaccini, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Alberto Montorfano, MRZB, Jacopo Natoli, Numero Cromatico, Lulù Nuti, Cristallo Odescalchi, Antonio Perticara, Andrea Polichetti, Katia Pugach, Agnese Reginaldo, Delfina Scarpa, Daniele Sciacca, Germano Serafini, Gabriele Silli, Guendalina Urbani.

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The Milky Way VERA: all information

Thursday 19 May 2022
from 12 am to 9 pm

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May 2022
from 12 am to 20 pm

press preview:
18 May
from 12 am to 16 pm

Alessandra Bonomo Gallery
Via del Gesù 62 – Rome

The Milky Way 5 | Franco Noero Gallery | Turin, 2020

The Milky Way returns on 6 and 7 February, hosted in 2020 by the Galleria Franco Noero in Turin. The Milky Way has been involving Italian and foreign artists, gallery owners, collectors and art enthusiasts for several years, making them part of that network of support and care that Pianoterra builds every day around the most vulnerable families. The theme of the 2020 edition is Internal/Inner.

Internal / Inner
Inside. What is there inside.
What’s going on inside?
The interior is first of all a contained space.
Comfortable? Protective? Perhaps it remembers the first known “interior”: muffled sounds, the regular beating of a heart, that of the body that contains us at the beginning of life; the right space, neither too big nor too small, perfect for us to grow inside a human being.
Compressed? Contract?
When space does not protect but compresses, it does not cradle but contracts, it does not breathe, it does not let it open or melt; when it crushes, it turns off … what happens?

We asked the artists who generously chose to participate to reveal their inner world, real or dreamed:

Isabel Barber, Pierre Bismuth, Manuele Cerutti, Claudia Comte, Matteo Cordero, Sara Enrico, Jason Dodge, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Petra Feriancova, Francesca Ferreri, Shay Frisch, Naoki Fuku, Martino Gamper, Silvia Giambrone, Teresa Giannico, Rodrigo Hernández, Sebastiano Impellizzeri, Eva Kot’átková, KIKKO, Renato Leotta, Tamara MacArthur, Daniele Milvio, Ignasi Monreal, Lulù Nuti, Marco Palmieri, Pietro Pasolini, Federico Pietrella, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Caterina Pini, Andrea Respino, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Yves Scherer, Enrico Tealdi, Rirkrit Tiravanija e Tomas Vu, Grazia Toderi, Giovanni Vetere, Peter Wächtler.

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The Milky Way Foto | Lia Rumma Gallery | Naples, 2018

From 24 to 26 May the Milky Way, the fundraising exhibition for Pianoterra curated by Damiana Leoni, returns to Naples at the Lia Rumma Gallery. This fourth edition of the exhibition is entirely dedicated to photography, and contributes to the expansion of our little galaxy thanks to the theme chosen this year: Your Love / Amore Tuo. It is a simple theme and yet – as can be seen from the works that 57 artists have chosen to give us – mysterious. “What moves you? What overwhelms you, beats and grinds until it takes your breath away, and brings you back to life every time? ” We asked them to respond, through photos, to these questions, inviting them to take all the freedom they require, to explore and decline them without fixed boundaries.

The mission of The Milky Way (where the “Milky Way” is also a metaphor for the plurality of voices and gazes involved) has always been to give voice to a good cause, with a great project that fosters contemporary creativity. As in previous editions, the proceeds from the sale of the works will go to the most vulnerable families of Naples and Rome and in particular to mothers and children who live in difficult and marginal conditions.

The protagonists of The Milky Way Photo are: Marina Abramović, Miles Aldridge, Andreco, Ciro Battiloro, Priscilla Benedetti, Jasmine Bertusi, Tommaso Borgstrom, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Francesco Cabras, Simona Caleo, Juno Calypso, Paolo Canevari, Monica Carocci, Lorenzo Castore, Talia Chetrit, Maisie Cousins, Alessandra D’Urso, Siân Davey, Veronica della Porta, Marco Delogu, Vittoria Di Giovanniello, Alfred Drago Rens, Martin Errichiello, Gabriele Galimberti, Simona Ghizzoni, Manfredi Gioacchini, Francesco Jodice, Philip Jones Griffiths, Mohamed Keita, Irene Kung, Luigi Leoni, Alex Majoli, Emanuele Mascioni, Lorenzo Meloni, Gideon Mendel, Oskar Metsavaht, Landon Metz, Domingo Milella, Davide Monteleone, Marina Paris, Francesca Pasquali, Beatrice Pediconi, Massimo Piersanti, Leonardo Pucci, Carolina Sandretto, Corrado Sassi, Marco Schifano, Alice Schivardi, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Elisa Sighicelli, Massimo Siragusa, John Stezaker, Ornella Tiberi, Riccardo Venturi, Stephen Waddell, Francesco Zizola.

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The Milky Way Foto – Part Two | Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP | Rome, 2018

On Thursday 13 December, after the inauguration at Lia Rumma Gallery in Naples, in May 2018, the international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP hosts the second part of the edition of The Milky Way entirely dedicated to photography.

The Milky Way FOTO brought together contemporary art artists who use photography as a medium, fashion photographers and photo journalists, coming from different generations and eras to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Pianoterra onlus with a message: Amore Tuo / Your Love.

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The proceeds from the sale of the works will be donated entirely to our projects in favor of mothers and children in contexts of fragility.

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The Milky 3 | Giò Marconi Gallery| Milan, 2016

The Milky Way goes to Milan, at Gió Marconi’s gallery, on Thursday 10 November 2016, from 12.30 to 21.30.

38 artists participate in the solidarity initiative in favor of 1000 Days, an early, multidimensional and integrated intervention program for pregnant women, new mothers and very young children in contexts of marginalization and cultural poverty.

The starting point of the 1000 Days program is the assumption that by improving the starting conditions of a life, by offering care and support to the roots, it is possible to prevent many health and development problems. The symbol of 1000 Days is the Maternity Suitcase, a tool that Pianoterra has created inspired by the famous Finnish Baby Box with the aim of involving marginalized and deprived pregnant women in the program. It contains basic necessities for the mother and the newborn, and is donated at the time of birth to women who, from the 4th month of pregnancy, will have followed a complete path of accompaniment to maternity: medical visits and examinations provided for by the National Health Service, a childbirth and parenting preparation course, thematic meetings with specialists.

And just taking a cue from the Maternity Suitcase, the theme of this third edition of The Milky Way is the bare essentials: objects, images, emotions that cannot be done without. The artists generously created and donated works related to the theme to support the project.

The day of November 10 at the Gió Marconi gallery, which will see the participation of artists, gallery owners, visitors and contemporary art lovers, offers the opportunity to be part of a shared journey: the proceeds from the sale of the works on display will be entirely donated to Pianoterra onlus in support of the 1000 days program.


Alfredo Aceto, Luigi Anastasio, Francesco Arena, Micol Assaël, Darren Bader, Rosa Barba, Manfredi Beninati, Monica Bonvicini, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Coda Zabetta, Benny Chirco, Liz Craft, Linda Fregni Nagler, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, Piero Golia, Hilario Isola, Allison Katz, Heinz Peter Knes, Adriana Lara, Deborah Ligorio, Diego Marcon, Matteo Nasini, Caterina Nelli e Saam Schlamminger, Nunzio, Giorgio Orbi, Oliver Osborne, Adrian Paci, Charlemagne Palestine, Jorge Peris, Tomás Saraceno, Francesco Simeti, Spencer Sweeney, 
Santo Tolone, Alessandro Twombly, Nico Vascellari, Francesco Vezzoli, Sislej Xhafa

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The Milky Way 2 | Norberto Ruggeri’s Studio SALES Gallery | Rome, 2015

The Milky Way landed in Rome on 21 and 22 November 2015, hosted by Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri. This time the theme that set the project in motion was that of the galaxy understood as a systemic union of infinite elements, of the interconnection between different subjects and between them and the surrounding world. The funds raised with this second edition of The Milky Way contributed to the launch of 1000 Days program in Rome, a set of interventions and activities aimed at pregnant women, new parents and children up to three years of age in contexts of marginalization and vulnerability.

Thirty-one artists participated in the exhibition:

Charles Avery, Angelo Bellobono, Alessandro Cicoria, Mat Collishaw, Stanislao Di Giugno, Rä di Martino,Flavio Favelli, Goldschmied & Chiari, Norma Jeane, Tobias Kaspar, William Kentridge, Michaela-Maria Langenstein, Emiliano Maggi, Domenico Mangano, Doris Maninger, Davide Monaldi, Olaf Nicolai, Grear Patterson, Nicola Pecoraro, Alessandro Piangiamore, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Gianni Politi, Marco Raparelli, Max Renkel, Sterling Ruby, Pietro Ruffo, Andrea Salvino, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Giuseppe Stampone, Mari Sunna, Gian Maria Tosatti.

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The Milky Way 1 | Lia Rumma Gallery | Naples, 2014

The first edition of The Milky Way took place in Naples on 11 October 2014 and was hosted by Lia Rumma Gallery. The theme of care and nourishment was at its center, starting with the powerful metaphor of milk as a vital fluid so viscerally linked to coming into the world.

Twenty-four artists participated in the project, who with their works contributed to support the activities of Pianoterra in Naples:

Marina Abramovic, Stefano Arienti, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Elisabetta Benassi, Antonio Biasiucci, Francesco Clemente, Gabriele De Santis, Alberto Di Fabio, Giuseppe Ducrot, Tracey Emin, Lino Fiorito, May Hands, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Fabrice Langlade, Claudia Losi, Gianluca Malgeri, Marzia Migliora, Alek O., Luigi Ontani, Gabriele Porta, Gabriele Silli, Kiki Smith, Paolo W. Tamburella, Vedovamazzei.

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