From 1984

When Biennale Donna was founded in 1984 it was supposed to be a single exhibition, representing various expressions of female art. This event wasn’t meant to isolate the work of the women from the art in general, but to enhance and emphasize the undisputed value of the women artists. Considering the huge success of the exhibition, the association that organized it, UDI - Union of Women in Italy of Ferrara, decided to transform it into a biennale event. For the creation of the various editions of the Biennale, UDI established a Science Committee, that creates and presents the exhibition projects to the Municipality and Province of Ferrara and to the Emilia Romagna Region, in order to get their institutional approve and financial support. The Biennale Donna is also sustained by the Ferrara’s Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art, which offers their exhibition spaces for the realization of the Biennale’s editions. Since 1990 the Biennale Donna is officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry for the Equal Opportunities.

2012 - 15° edition

VIOLENCE. Art decoding violence


2010 - 14° edition (18 April – 13 June)

Veiled Memoirs. Contemporary Art from Iran

curated by Silvia Cirelli

2008 - 13° edition (6 April – 1 June)

Mona Hatoum. Undercurrents

curated by Lola Bonora 2006 - 12° edition (19 March – 14 May)

Southeast passages: glances of artists among stories, memories, crossings

curated by Emanuela de Cecco 2004 - 11th edition (21 March – 16 May)

Strange Messenger. The art of Patti Smith

curated by Andy Wharol Museum, Pittsburg in collaboration with Modena International Music Round trip. Contemporaty Artists between Europe and America

4 April-6 Junecurated by internazionale Lola Bonora2002 - 10° edition (3 March – 5 May)

From lace to the motorcycle. Female artisans / artists and designers in Italy in the twentieth sentury

curated by Anty Pansera and Tiziana Occleppo 2000 - 9° edition (18 May-27 July)

Carol Rama. Works 1937-2000.

a retrospective exhibition curated by Vittoria Coenwith the consultancy of Lola Bonora 1998 - 8° edition (18 April-19 July)

Post Scriptum. Female artist in Italy between language and image in the 60s and 70s

curated by Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldiwith the consultancy of Mirella Bentivoglio 1996 - 7° edition (19 May - 28 July)

Vanessa Bell & Virginia Woolf. Drawing the life.

curated by Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldi,Federica Manfredini and Liviana Zagagnoni Homage to Virginia Woolf

curated by Francesca Mellone in collaboration with Vittoria Surian

1994 - 6° edition (8 May-3 July)

Women's poetry between separateness and diversity. Forms of art from 1900 to 1940

curated by Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldi 1992 - 5° edition (3 March - 29 April)

Franca Squarciapino: Between illusion and reality: studies, sketches and costumes

curated by Paola Sega Serra Zanetti,based on an idea of Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldi The poetry of the five fingers. Gisella Meo Fernanda Fedi Andreina Robotti.

curated by Lola Bonora and Anna Quarzi 1990 - 4° edition (3 March - 29 April)

Female presences in the artistic life of Ferrara between the nineteenth and the twentieth century

curated by Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldi and Francesca Mellone


curated by Dida SpanoThe Game of Roles

curated by Marisa Vescovo 1988 - 3° edition (28 February - 5 April)

Figures from the Background 3.

curated by Dede Auregli and Cristina Marabini Personal exhibitions:

Bice Lazzari

Paola Forlani, Laura Gavioli, Adriana Mastellari. Homage to the artists from Ferrara

Paola Agosti

1986 2° edition (8 March - 13 April)

Figures from the Background: Magma: 10 Years Later

curated by Romana Loda 1984 1° edition (26 February - 25 March)

Figures from the Background

curated by Marilena Pasquali

Personal exhibitions:

Keiko Ghio

Trude Waehner

Alicia Penalba

Marialba Russo

Raffaella Pasqualini

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