Villa Romana is a place of contemporary artistic production and of international exchange. Only ten minutes away from the city centre of Florence, it combines the peacefulness of a neoclassical villa within a large garden property with the urban reality of a city.
Since 1905, the core function of the Villa Romana has been the Villa Romana Prize. Each year it is awarded to four outstanding German-based artists and is combined with a stipend and a ten-month stay in Florence.
The Villa Romana fellows are named by judges – renowned artists, art critics and arts promoters - who alternate on an annual basis. During their ten-month stay at the Villa Romana, the fellows have the opportunity to suggest cooperation projects as well as artists, academics, arts promoters and other dialogue partners for short stays.
The Villa Romana fellows are exhibited at shows in both Florence and Germany. Together they conceive a publication in the form of an artists' book.
Through exhibitions and a broad range of events Villa Romana interacts with producers and the public, placing itself on the international artistic scene and promoting communication with the cultures of the Mediterranean area.
Additional international guest artists broaden the spectrum of conditions for artistic production and enrich internal and external discourse. The Villa Romana is a productive place both in its internal structure, i.e. in its friendly communication between the temporary residents, and in its public projects. Competencies, cultural differences and personal backgrounds are connected with each other in cooperation with the local environment (museums, art academies, universities and partners in other artistic disciplines).
The Villa Romana is a convivial, interdisciplinary and communicative house that is frequented by many international artists, curators, critics and visitors throughout the year. It has over 40 rooms and a 1.5 hectare garden.
With its rich art-historical and intellectual stock as well as its current status as an international campus and destination for mass tourism and migration, the city of Florence constitutes the local matrix for the Villa Romana's activities. It positions itself here as a forum for contemporary art that initiates dialogue through exhibitions. The particular quality of the Villa Romana Prize thus lies in the margin between its exclusivity and multifaceted networks.