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Galleria Raffaella Cortese is a contemporary art gallery based in Milan since 1995

About the Gallery

Galleria Raffaella Cortese is one of Italy’s leading contemporary art galleries. Founded in 1995, the gallery first opened in the apartment Raffaella lived in as a student, followed by a second exhibition space in the same building. Based in Milan’s Città Studi district since its inception, the gallery relocated to its current headquarters in Via A. Stradella, 7 in 2003; more recently Galleria Raffaella Cortese has expanded to acquire two storefront exhibition venues on the same street.

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Galleria Raffaella Cortese is one of Italy’s leading contemporary art galleries. Founded in 1995, the gallery first opened in the apartment Raffaella lived in as a student, followed by a second exhibition space in the same building. Based in Milan’s Città Studi district since its inception, the gallery relocated to its current headquarters in Via A. Stradella, 7 in 2003; more recently Galleria Raffaella Cortese has expanded to acquire two storefront exhibition venues on the same street.

Unfolding across the three spaces and allowing artists to present their works in different contexts, as well as presenting multiple shows at the same time, the gallery’s exhibition program aims to establish and nurture dialogue between the practices of artists across different generations and origins. This approach also informs Galleria Raffaella Cortese’s rigorous exhibition program and its consistent participation in select art fairs across Europe and the United States with specifically curated projects, supporting a consistently growing, passioned and conscious collectors’ base with a firm sense of responsibility. From 2001 until 2005 Raffaella Cortese acted as vice-president of Angamc and since 2019 she is a member of Artissima’s selection committee.

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About the Artists

The gallery represents a transgenerational group of 30 global artists working across different media, with renowned dedication to the representation of women artists, and through long-standing collaborations with major public institutions. Their practices are centered on critical themes such as individual, political, and national identities; the body, language, and literature, as well as issues of feminism and femininity.

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The gallery represents a transgenerational group of 30 global artists working across different media, with renowned dedication to the representation of women artists, and through long-standing collaborations with major public institutions. Their practices are centered on critical themes such as individual, political, and national identities; the body, language, and literature, as well as issues of feminism and femininity.

Through its long-standing commitment to the advancement and promotion of photography, installation, and time-based media such as video and performance art, Galleria Raffaella Cortese has established itself as a pivotal member of the Milanese and Italian contemporary art scene. The gallery was one of the first to introduce the work of pioneering American women artists to the Italian contemporary art market in the ‘90s and championing the work of women has become a defining aspect of the gallery’s identity over the years. Another focus of Galleria Raffaella Cortese’s exhibition program has been developing the careers of Italian artists, both acting as a site of experimentation for younger generations as well as bringing underrepresented late career artists to the forefront.

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  • raffaella cortese

  • nicla calegari director

  • alberto fiore director

  • eloisa travaglini artist liaison

  • lele buonerba communications & gallery assistant

  • corinne cortinovis press office & gallery assistant

  • elisabetta necchi bookkeeper

Raffaella Cortese SRL
Via A. Stradella 7
20129 Milano
Vat: IT04036340968
SDI: W7YVJK9