10 Marzo 2019

Windows of Freedom – the Women’s Bookshop of Milan, yesterday, today (“Vetrine di Libertà – La Libreria delle donne di Milano, ieri, oggi”)

Fabbrica del Vapore 1 April – 6 June 2019

Curator, Francesca Pasini

Catalogo Nottetempo, 27 x 27 cm, 28 euros

Curated and edited by Francesca Pasini & Chitra Piloni

Opening April 1st, 6.30pm

“Art is not universal because it overcomes difference between men and women, but because it represents that difference through the ineluctable movement taking place between the creator and the observer”, writes Francesca Pasini in the catalogue. The female artists’ works displayed in one of the bookshop’s windows within the programme La quarta vetrina, along with those donated in 1975, on the one hand tell the story that is such a vital part of this exhibition, with a series of cultural and political meetings.  On the other, as they are intertwined with the bookshop’s practice, they show that women’s freedom has been born. A change in civilisation is underway; and art is the real, symbolic and metaphorical figure of that civilisation, from prehistoric times onwards.


Vandana Shiva, who was previously a guest at the bookshop during the Milan Expo, is returning especially for this occasion with a conference dedicated to “eco-feminism, one of the key responses to the environmental crisis and climate chaos”. She is president of Navdanya Internarional-Onlus, whose aim is to promote a new paradigm which puts ecology at the heart of a new economic system, a culture of “food for health” where environmental responsibility and economic justice prevail.


Carla Accardi, Paola Anziché, Marina Ballo Charmet, Mirella Bentivoglio, Valentina Berardinone, Tomaso Binga, Enrica Borghi, Alessandra Caccia, Chiara Camoni, Nilde Carabba,  Alice Cattaneo, Vittoria Chierici, Gabriella Ciancimino, Dadamaino, Marta Dell’Angelo, Amalia Del Ponte, Paola Di Bello, Elisabetta Di Maggio, Elena  El Asmar, Bruna Esposito, Stefania Galegati, Goldschmied e Chiari, Sophie Ko, Christiane Löhr, Loredana Longo, Claudia Losi e Sabrina Mezzaqui, Paola Mattioli,  Marzia Migliora,  Concetta Modica, Maria Morganti, Margherita Morgantin, Ina Otzko, Maria Papadimitriou, Angela Passarello, Annie Ratti, Caterina Saban, Elisa Sighicelli, Eugenia Vanni, Grazia Varisco, Nanda Vigo, Tori Wrånes.

The Libreria delle donne di Milano (Women’s Bookshop of Milan) was founded in 1975 with the financial support of Carla Accardi, Valentina Berardinone, Nilde Carabba, Dadamaino, and Lucia Pescador, who donated their works. This exhibition includes those by Accardi and Berardinone,  on loan from the art collectors who had purchased them at the time.

After the bookshop had opened, Lea Vergine and others came up with the idea of a portfolio of lithographs by Carla Accardi, Mirella Bentivoglio, Valentina Berardinone, Nilde Carabba, Tomaso Binga, Dadamaino, Amalia Del Ponte, Grazia Varisco and Nanda Vigo. The portfolio, accompanied by texts by Lea Vergine and the artists, is included in the exhibition and the catalogue.

Then and now, politics, art, philosophy and literature have always been the cornerstones of the bookshop’s activities.

The exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore is just one instance of the overwhelming rise of female artists the world over. This rise led to a stronger desire to look at and understand the artists of the late 1960s, whose works – particularly in the US – heralded and accompanied women as they gained a voice all over the world, what we call feminism. And at the same time, “it shows in the work of art a subject created by women or men and no longer by a neutral artist” (Pasini).

A bookshop twinned with the one at 29, Via Pietro Calvi has been set up at the Fabbrica del Vapore, offering a selection of the bookshop’s titles, past and present.

Filming and editing of “Quarta Vetrina”: Egle Prati, Cristina Rossi and Chiara Mori, in collaboration with Alessandra Quaglia

Free entry

Scheduled events during the Exhibition

Opening hours 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Monday 8 April 2019

Women’s research and public experience.

Adriana Albini, scientist

Chiara Bisconti, Manager and councilwoman

Sandra Bonfiglioli, university professor

Anna Catasta, Politician and european planner

Chiara Zamboni,  Philosopher

Artists: Enrica Borghi, Paola Di Bello, Claudia Losi, Eugenia Vanni


Monday 15 April 2019  

Me too, analysis of an epochal shift

Lia Cigarini, Libreria delle donne di Milano

Marisa Guarneri, Casa delle donne maltrattate di Milano

Luisa Muraro, Libreria delle donne

Artiste: Elisabetta Di Maggio, Loredana Longo, Stefania Galegati, Marina Ballo Charmet 


Thursday 2 May 2019

Special event with Vandana Shiva


Saturday/Sunday 18-19 May 2019 

Change of civilization. Art, work, women politics (mothers included)

Civilization is in the hands of women – Milan


Monday 27 May 2019

SIRKLING, video-Performance by Tori Wrånes


Works of art, art criticism

Filippo del Corno, councillor in charge for culture – Call for women’s creativity – Milan 2020

Emanuela De Cecco, Art critic and teacher

Manuela Gandini, Art critic and teacher

Francesca Pasini, Art critic and curator

Uliana Zanetti, curator of MAMbo

Artists: Marta Dell’Angelo, Concetta Modica, Margherita Morgantin, Elena El Asmar


Monday 3 June 2019 Finissage

The languages of women

Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor of Milan

Maria Attanasio, poet and writer

Donatella Di Pietrantonio, writer

Nadia Fusini, literary critic
Rosaria Guacci, Mirella Maifreda, Libreria delle donne di Milano

Artists: Bruna Esposito, Maria Morganti, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Annie Ratti

Guided tours will be held during the Exhibition  period
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