Dena Foundation For Contemporary Art
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“… having met the great artists from my generation, and having been involved in the contemporary artworld for three decades, I was inpired to support and accompany those young artists who enter this scene today. Their projects, achieved on a continuously expanding international platform, refresh our world vision and continuously enrich it…”

Giuliana Setari Carusi, President



The Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, chaired and founded by art collector Giuliana Setari Carusi, in collaboration with its Board of Trustees and its Scientific Committee, is a non-profit organization established in New York in 2001, with an office in Paris.

Its mission is the promotion of contemporary visual arts, with a particular focus on supporting young emerging artists on the international scene.

Dedicated to strengthening the ties and the interactions between Italian culture and that of other countries, preserving a particular interest to the United States and France, the initiatives of the Dena Foundation involve, in the first place, artists living in Italy, who participate in the Artists Residency Programs in New York and in Paris. Thereby, the Foundation contributes to create a synergy between artists, museum directors, directors of research programs and professionals of the art world. The Dena Foundation organizes and supports also round tables, conferences, seminars and exhibitions. When the foundation engages to support an event it does so through production aids.

In addition, since its creation, the Foundation has established an international prize, the Dena Foundation Art Award, rewarding young artists from different nationalities who have realized a work for a public space, with a strong social relevance.

The Foundation also contributes to the promotion of artists' works by supporting the publication of artist's books and art magazines and with specific production grants for their participation in International artistic events.

Board of Trustees                                                                  Directrice du Programme de Résidences

Giuliana Setari Carusi, founder and president                        Valentine Meyer
Antoine de Galbert
Pier Luigi Lanza
Cynthia Milani Sanders
Josée Reboul
Nicola Setari
Dora Stiefelmeier

Scientific Committee
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Helmut Friedel
Chus Martinez
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Roberto Pinto
Dora Stiefelmeier