The spaces and the gallery
The Labs Gallery has been operating in the Bolognese territory since October 2014, when it presented itself to the city with an exhibition curated by Marco Meneguzo, an iron investigation of Italian analytical painting in the 1970s.
Since its inception, the space was born as a place dedicated to research and experimentation, always attentive to the dialogue between historicized art and contemporary art. As for the history of its space, a historical institution present in the territory for almost 700 years, so too the gallery makes history, in this case art, an essential element in the research and proposal of emerging talents.
Located at 38 Via Santo Stefano, on the ground floor, it appears magnificent for its elegance and discretion. Passing the entrance hall, in fact, you are pleasantly fascinated by the singularity of the structure: a single exhibition hall with high walls that conceal a centuries-old history, dating back to the thirteenth century, when, instead of the current gallery, there was a small church, an aspect that can still be seen in the complex of the structure.
A small video room at the entrance and an administrative room (once a sacristy) complete the space. Although the gallery may appear young, passion and constant research have made it an essential pole on the Bolognese artistic scene.
The gallery avails itself of curators of national and international calibre, promotes a constant dialogue with the new developments in the territory through the collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna and supports the research through the publication of volumes related to the exhibitions organized.