Elisabetta Benassi

Born 1966 in Rome, Italy.

Lives and works in Rome.

 Website: http://elisabettabenassi.com/


Solo Exhibitions



It Starts With The Firing, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Passato e Presente curated by Iacopo Ceni, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Palazzo Mattei di Paganica, Rome, Italy.


Letargo, Magazzino, Rome, Italy.


Mareo Merz, Palazzo Carignano, Turin, Italy.

That’s Me in the Picture, Gallery Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.


Corsaro, Artist’s performance within the exhibition Non Basta Ricordare curated by Hou Hanru, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.

031, Villa Mondolfo, Como, Italy.


Smog a Los Angeles, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France [cat.].

Golden Rock, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Voglio fare subito una mostra, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy [cat.].


Soledad, Fiac! Grand Palais, Paris, France.


All I Remember, Magazzino, Rome, Italy[cat.].


Unlimited, Art| 40 | Basel, Basel, Switzerland.


Site Specific 2. Dopo l’uragano Jorge, Museo MAN, Nuoro, Italy[cat.].


3, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.


Sequence 2#, Random Gallery (Air de Paris and Praz-Delavallade), Paris, France.

Abandoned in Place, Base, Florence, Italy.


MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy [cat.].


Noon, American Academy in Rome, Italy.

Un arc-en-ciel dans l’air incurvé, Chapelle des Louanges, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.


In moto, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy.

Day’s End, Galleria Antonella Nicola, Turin, Italy.

Group Exhibitions


Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, Artissima OVAL, Lingotto Fiere, Turin, Italy.

Raft. Art is(not)Lonely, curated by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos,Ostend, Belgium.

MAXXI Collection. The Place To Be, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy

Doppio schermo, Film e video d’artista in Italia dagli anni ’60 a oggi, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.

Après, curated by Erique Baudelair and Marcella Lista, Galerie 3, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France.

A House, Halfway, curated by Ines Geraldes Cardoso, Katarini Filyuk and Andrew de Brùn, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy.

Parade du Oui et du Non, curated by Kristina Solomoukha and Paolo Codeluppi, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea “Les Capucins”, Embrun, France.

2010-2015: Notes On Italian Videoart, Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenzam Italy.

More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Muller, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.

Please Come back. The world as a prison?, curated by Hou Hanru and Luigia Leonardelli, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.

Sensibile Comune. Le opere vive. GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.


D’une Méditerranée – L’autreFRAC, Marseilles, France.

Lo spazio concavo, Palazzo della Misericordia, Bergamo, Italy.

Par Tibi Roma Nihil, Foro Palatino, Rome, Italy.

Todo o Património é Poesia curated by Filipa Oliveira, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal.

SubBrixia project, Ordine e disordine, produced by Fondazione Brescia Musei and Brescia Mobilità and Comune di Brescia, Italy.


Industriale Immaginario, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In gran multitudine, Madonna del Carmine, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Matera, Italy[cat.].

Des écrits aux écrans, Centre Culturel Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Raphaël, France.

Delta ti – tempo reale, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy [cat.].

519+40, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome, Italy [cat.].

Liberi tutti!, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy [cat.].

Personnes et les autres – Vincent Meessen and guests, curated by Katerina Gregos, Belgian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy [cat.].

NERO SU BIANCO, curated by Robert Storr, Lyle Ashton Harris and Peter Benson Miller, American Academy in Rome, Italy[cat.].


You Can’t Take It With You, Institut Culturel Italien de Paris, Paris, France.

Intenzione manifesta. Il disegno in tutte le sue forme, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy [cat.].

GLITCH, Interferenze tra arte e cinema, PAC, Milan, Italy.

We Have Never Been Modern, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul, Korea [cat.].

Motopoétique, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France [cat.].


Non basta ricordare, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.

Ikono on Air Festival, curated by Jack Pam, live webstream.

vice versa, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Italian Pavilion at the55th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia,Venice, Italy [cat.].

AB, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy [cat.].

BOOK MACHINE (PARIS), Nouveau Festival 2013, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France.

Encore, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.

Ritratto di una città. Arte a Roma 1960-2001,MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy.

She Says: Propositions by 3 Italian Women Artist, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville,Virginia, USA.

Art and Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany [cat.].


Retour à l’intime, la collection Giuliana et Tommaso Setari, La maison rouge, Paris, France.

Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, curated by Katerina Gregos, Exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Mechelen (various venues), Belgium [cat.].

Oltre il muro, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy.

Mutatis Mutandis,Wiener SecessionVienna, Austria [cat.].

Blind Spot, curated by Catherine David, Berlin Documentary Forum 2, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

A proposito di Marisa Merz, riallestimento della collezione, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy[cat.].

Silenzi in cui le cose si abbandonano/Silences where things abandon themselves, The Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia [cat.].


Venice Biennale 54th International Art Exhibition ILLUMInazioni | ILLUMInations, curated by Bice CurigerArsenale, Venice, Italy[cat.].

Il Bel Paese dell’arte. Etiche ed Estetiche della Nazione, GAMeC, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy[cat.].

Tutto è connesso 2, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy.

When in Rome: Thirty works of art between now and then, Italian Cultural Institue of Los Angeles with support from the Hammer Museum, LAXART and ForYourArt, Los Angeles, Clifornia, USA.

Passwords 11. Spaces of the Self. Femininity in Italian Video, Centro Cultural Montehermoso de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Montehermoso, Spain[cat.].


Chartreuse Jeune, curated by Olaf Nicolai, Casa Tabarelli, Cornaiano, Bolzano, Italy.

Sphères 3, 2010,ènergies autour d’une nouvelle expèrience d’exposition, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: We Are All in Danger, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia.

Linguaggi e Sperimentazioni. Giovani artisti in una collezione contemporanea, MART, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy[cat.].

Artist’s Choice, Röda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden.

CUE: Artists’ Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.


Italian Open, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Fuori centro, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy.

Wintry, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.

Meteorite in giardino, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy.


Single Channel. Recent Video Works, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.

Here Once Again. Where art and cinema interact, SNUMoA (Seoul National University Museum of Art), Seoul, Korea[cat.].

15 Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy[cat.].

Dai tempo al tempo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Italy [cat.].

Mimétisme, Extra City for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium[cat.].

The hot season. Italian art now, The Stenerson Museum, Oslo, Norway [cat.].


annisettanta. Il decennio lungo del secolo breve, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy[cat.].

Franz West Soufflé eine Massenausstellung, Kunstraum Innsbruk, Innsbruck, Austria [cat.].

Culture Hero, 2nd Biennal of Quadrilateral, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia.

APT, International Video Art Exhibition, curated by Dan Cameron, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China [cat.].

Art Film, Stadtkino Basel, Art | 38, Basel, Switzerland.

Luce di pietra, Palazzo Farnese, Rome, Italy[cat.].


Constellations, Artissima, Lingotto, Turin, Italy.

Human Game. Winner and losers / Vincitori e vinti, Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy [cat.].

Cinema infinito/Neverending cinema, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Trento, Italy.

Italy Made in art: Now, MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China[cat.].

Modern Times Volume 2, MAN, Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy [cat.].

Frame, a selection of Italian artists, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia.


Drive, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy[cat.].

E-Flux video rental, selected by Catherine David, various locations including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, Moore Space, Miami, Insa Arts Space, Seoul, PiST, Istanbul, Centre Cultural de Suisse, Paris, Műcsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest, Portikus, Frankfurt, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin, Texas.

KunstFilmBiennale Cologne, International Competition, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany[cat.].

Circular, Stadio “Meazza” San Siro, Milan, Italy[cat.].

No Code, Slovak National Gallery, Esterhàzy Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia[cat.].

BYO. Bring Your Own, MAN, Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy[cat.].

Doppia Visione, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.

Prospectif Cinéma, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France[cat.].


VideoZone2. The Second International Video Biennal in Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel[cat.].

I nuovi mostri: una storia italiana, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan/Venice, Italy[cat.].

Dazibao d’images, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Le opere e i giorni, Certosa di Padula, Italy [cat.].


Lei. Donne nelle collezioni italiane, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy[cat.].

I Moderni/The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy [cat.].

Moltitudini Solitudini, Museion, Bolzano, Italy[cat.].

Our personal vision, Futura, Prague, Czech Republic.

Italia, Italia, Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago, Italy.

L’épreuve de l’étranger, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.


Manifesta 4, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [cat.].

You’ll never walk alone, curated by Lucy Steeds, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.

De Gustibus, Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro d’Arte ContemporaneaSiena, Italy [cat.].


II Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany[cat.].

Anstoss. Kunst, Sport und Politik, Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany.

SportCult, Apex Art, New York, USA[cat.].

Unreal Presence, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands[cat.].

La Folie de la Villa Médicis, Académie de France, Rome, Italy[cat.].

Le stanze della storia dell’arte, D.A.M.S., Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy [cat.].

Boom!, Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence, Italy[cat.].


Special Projects, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA.

Mes rendez-vous, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France.

Che c’è di nuovo? 2, Casina Pompeiana, Naples, Italy[cat.].

La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire, in “La Folie”, curated by Laurence Bossé, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Académie de France, Rome, Italy.

Videoplace, Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy.

Artist’s Book

It Starts with the Firing, published by NERO, Poland, 2017.

The King Leopold’s Soliloquy, published by NERO, Poland, 2015.

The Dry Salvages, Elisabetta Benassi, published by NERO, Spain, 2013.

All I Remember, Elisabetta Benassi, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, published by NERO, Rome, 2011.

StoryboardElisabetta Benassi, Onestar Press, Paris, 2002.

Selected Bibliography

Andrea Cortellessa, Il morto vivente come artista visivo, in Alias, “Il manifesto”, November 3, 2017

Andrea Cortellessa, Ghost in the Machine. Pasolini oltre il mito, in “Le parole e le cose” (online publication), October 15, 2017

Rosalind McKever For 10 years this contemporary art institution has had two faces, in “Apollo”, September 2017.

Rosalind McKever, The contemporary vision of Collezione Maramotti, in “Apollo” (online magazine), August 29, 2017.

Giorgio Verzotti, Sguardi totali – I modi di Elisabetta Benassi, in “Arte” no. 528, August 2017, pp. 112-115.

Paola Tognon, Would you pay money for this?, in “Exibart” (online publication), August 29, 2017.

Sara Dolfi Agostini, Elisabetta Benassi, It starts with the firing, in “KLAT” (online publication), May 30, 2017.

Elena Bordignon, A brick is a brick is a brick….Elisabetta Benassi alla Collezione Maramotti, in “ATP diary”3 November 2017 (online publication), May 29, 2017.

Sam Steverlynck, Elisabetta Benassi Hits the Brick At Max Mara, in “DAMN° Magazine” no. 62, May 2017.

Charlotte Jansen, Bricking It, in “Elephant”, 2017.

Stefano Luppi, La Benassi e i filistei, in “Il Giornale dell’Arte”, no. 375, May 2017.

Silvia Bottani, Sculpture as place (of memory), in “Doppiozero” (online publication), May 26, 2017.

Martin Herbert, Around Town: Rome, Italy, in “Frieze”, p. 214, May 2017.

Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli, Please Come Back, The World as Prison?, catalogue of the exhibition at MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy, pp. 12-23, 2017.

Lucia Tozzi, Elisabetta Benassi – “Letargo”, in “ZERO”, February 2017.

Marta Silvi, Elisabetta Benassi, in “ARTFORUM” (Critics’ picks), February 2017.

Cristiana Perrella, Elisabetta Benassi. Magazzino / Rome, in “Flash Art”, February 28, 2017.

Lucia Tozzi, in fuga dal mondo-prigione con Koolhaas e Superstudio, in “pagina 99”, February 4, 2017.

Andrea Cortellessa, Elisabetta Benassi. Alla ricerca del sonno perduto, in “Doppiozero” (online publication), January 5, 2017.

Andrea Cortellessa, Un risveglio simile alla morte, in ‘il manifesto”, December 31, 2016.

Elfi Turpin, Elisabetta Benassi. Gli spettri di Elisabetta Benassi, in “Flash Art”, n. 321, May – June 2015.

Katerina Gregos , Elisabetta Benassi, in Personne et les autres, exhibition catalogue, Belgian Pavilion, 56° Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale di Veneziapublished by Mousse, 2015, pp. 76-81.

Peter Benson Miller, Elisabetta Benassi, in Nero su bianco, exhibition catalogue, published by NERO, 2015, p. 116.

Beatrice Merz, Marianna Vecellio, Intenzione manifesta. Il disegno in tutte le sue forme, exhibition catalogue, Castello di Rivoli, Corraini Edizioni, 2014.

Patricia Cohen, A Collector Bets His Eye and His Gut, in “The New York Times”, December 7, 2013.

Luca Lo Pinto, Olaf Nicolai, Vogliamo fare subito una domanda?, in Elisabetta Benassi | Voglio fare subito una mostra, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2013, pp. 23-27.

Beatrice Merz, Dal garage al mare, in Elisabetta Benassi | Voglio fare subito una mostra, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2013, pp. 12-13.

Maria Centonze, Elisabetta Benassi | Voglio fare subito una mostra, in Elisabetta Benassi | Voglio fare subito una mostra, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2013, pp. 72-75.

Elfi Turpin, Smog a Los Angeles. Elisabetta Benassi, exhibition catalogue, Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France, 2013.

F.Poli, Benassi ripesca l’auto di Merz, in “La Stampa”, September 2, 2013.

A.Cortellessa, La pescatrice di stelle, in Alfabeta2, n.31, Luglio Agosto 2013, p. 15.

R.Venturi, Sistema/FrammentoGianfranco Baruchello/Elisabetta Benassi, in vice versa, Italian Pavillon at Venice Biennale 55th International Art Exhibition, catalogue, Mousse, Milan, 2013, pp. 184-191 [with English text].

Walter Smerling, Die Ereignisse hinter dem Bild, in Art and Press, pp. 110-113, Wienand Verlag, Koln, 2012.

Alessio Fransoni, Ilari Valbonesi, in Silenzi in cui le cose si abbandonano/Silence where things abandon themselves, catalogue published by Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 2012, pp.20-29.

Gabriele Guercio, in The Great Subtraction, ASA Publisher, Brussels 2011, pp. 19-21, 95-99.

Gianluigi Ricuperati, Un catalogo di didascalie ci svela il lato B del mondo, in “la Repubblica”, December 11, 2011.

Elena Volpato, Elisabetta Benassi, in “Flash Art”, n.296, October 2011, pp. 84-86.

Jessica Lack, Elisabetta Benassi, in ILLUMInazioni/ILLUMInations, 54° Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale di Venezia, catalogue [with English cat.], Marsilio Editori Venice, 2011, pp. 140-141.

Anna Mecugni, Elisabetta Benassi, in “Art in America”, n. 11, December 2010, p. 162.

Andrea Cortellessa, Crediti, in All I Remember, Nero, Rome, 2010 [with English text].

Roberto Cavasola, Verso un nuovo statuto dell’oggetto d’arte? in All I Remember, Nero, Rome, 2010 [with English text].

Marco Belpoliti, Benassi, Cosa c’è sul retro della Storia, “La Stampa”, June 7, 2010.

Stefano Chiodi, La discordanza inclusa. Arte e politica dell’arte in Il confine evanescente. Arte italiana 1960-2010 curated by Gabriele Guercio e Anna Mattirolo, Mondadori Electa, Milan, 2010, pp. 186-188.

Barbara Casavecchia, Fuori Centro, dieci video d’artista nel far west dell’Hangar Bicocca, “la Repubblica”, September 30, 2009.

Stefano Chiodi, Vent’anni di solitudine in La bellezza difficile. Saggi e interventi sull’arte contemporanea, Le Lettere, Florence, 2008, pp. 10-12.

Marco Belpoliti, Megafoni di potere e di inganno, “La Stampa”, August 18, 2008

Andrea Lissoni, Elisabetta Benassi, in “Work”, n. 23, 2008, pp. 80-81.

Barbara Casavecchia, Time is in our side, in “Flash Art International”, n. 260,

2008, pp. 112-115.

Ilaria Bonacossa, Dai tempo al tempo, in Art Key, n. 5, June | July 2008, pp. 36-37.

Joseph del Pesco, Fiona Parry, Pelin Uran, in Dai tempo al tempo, catalogue, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 2008, pp. 3-4.

Anselm Franke with Lotte De Voeght, Elisabetta Benassi in Mimétisme, catalogue, Antwerp 2008, p. 14.

Two Way Monologue, conversation between Elisabetta Benassi and Ra di Martino, in “Nero Magazine”, n. 15, 2008, pp. 60-63.

annisettanta , catalogue, curated by M. Belpoliti, G. Canova, S. Chiodi, La Triennale di Milano, Skira, Geneva-Milan, 2007, p. 546.

Francesco Stocchi, Elisabetta Benassi, “Artforum”, April 2007.

Maurizio Cattelan (in dialogue with), I professori vanno mangiati in salsa piccante, “Il Manifesto”, March 25, 2007.

Lorenzo Bruni, Elisabetta Benassi. Intervista a rovescio, in “Flash Art”, n. 262, 2007, pp. 82-84.

Beppe Sebaste, Il dominio delle luci genera ombre, “L’Unità”, March 24, 2007, p. 26.

Human Game, catalogue, curated by F. Bonami, M.L. Frisa, S. Tonchi, Edizioni Charta, Milan, 2006, pp. 136-137.

Stefano Chiodi, Una sensibile differenza: Conversazioni con gli artisti italiani di oggi, Fazi Editore, Rome, 2006, pp. 34-51.

Maria Perosino, Un istante autentico. Arte e fotografia: una storia a ritroso, inStoria d’Italia. L’immagine fotografica 1945-2000, Giulio Einaudi Editore, Turin, 2004, pp. 565-79.

Marco Belpoliti, Dieci scene per fantasmi. Una storia per adulti, in Elisabetta Benassi, catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Electa, Milan, 2004, pp. 48-73[with English text].

Gianfranco Maraniello, La figura antieorica dell’artista, catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Electa, Milan, 2004, pp. 74-96[with English text].

Stefano Chiodi, Elisabetta Benassi, in I Moderni /The Moderns, catalogue, Skira, Milan, 2003, pp. 69-73 [with English text].

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Elisabetta Benassi, in Cream 3, Phaidon, London, 2003, pp. 60-63.