Museo Spazio Pubblico / Public Space Museum is a transdisciplinary, inclusive and plural practice that experiments methodologies at the intersection of art, architecture and technology with the aim to investigate the complexity of public space culture. It hosts research and training activities, artistic initiatives, workshops, public dialogues and residency programs for artists and researchers, in partnership with Universities, civil society organizations, creative industries, public and private institutions. A particular focus is devoted to the development of impact-driven projects for young generations of future civic leaders, addressing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.

26th ICOM General Conference, Prague, 24 August 2022

Museums have become key public spaces that, beyond hosting exhibitions, promote debates and dynamic activities for wide variety of publics.”

Judy Wajcman, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

Museo Spazio Pubblico is an Italian project founded and curated by Dr Luisa Bravo, jointly managed by Genius Saeculi, a company operating in the field of Digital Humanities, and City Space Architecture, a non-profit cultural association that promotes public space projects at the global scale. These two institutions are cooperating in other public space initiatives, such as the web-magazine Mastering Public Space, a curated collection of public space news in open access format from influential and reliable sources, the academic journal The Journal of Public Space, developed in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and the Public Space Academy, the first, free, interdisciplinary educational program on public space, generously supported by the Ove Arup Foundation.

Museo Spazio Pubblico‘s main room is enriched with a site-specific art work of the well-known contemporary Italian artist Flavio Favelli: he conceived a fresco on the ceiling depicting in a giant scale (3,62 x 9,25 meters) the banknote of 500.000 Italian lira with the face of Raffaello Sanzio, recognized by the critics as the most spiritual Italian artist. This art work, named Raffaello 500, is giving a permanent identity to the Museum and is adding value to the spatial experience, playing on imagination and enchantment.

Flavio Favelli, Raffaello 500, site-specific art work at Museo Spazio Pubblico, Bologna (2020).
Photography: Marco Pintacorona.

Museo Spazio Pubblico / Public Space Museum is inviting scholars, curators, artists, public space and art enthusiasts to become a FRIEND of the Public Space Museum by donating a small annual fee. Donations are collected by City Space Architecture.
We would like to establish a community around the Museum and our activities in Bologna, with the intention to organise short residency programs and special events ONLY for our friends and supporters.

Activities and Events

All our events are open to the public and free of charge.
Book a visit by sending an email to info@museospaziopubblico.it

International parklet symposium
City Space Architecture / Symposium
Marcello Tedesco / The garden of crystallised ideas
Suburban Spark
City Space Architecture / Workshop
European Prize for Urban Public Space
City Space Architecture / Exhibition
Fiona Hillary / RMIT University
Visiting scholar / Artist
Learning from Bologna: The role of Public Space for Quality of Life, Sense of Place, and Wellbeing  
City Space Architecture / Design Workshop
Imagining Public Space with/for Her
City Space Architecture / Exhibition
Johannes Riegler / DUT
Visiting Researcher
Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City
City Space Architecture / Film Festival
Neighbourhood Biodiversity Garden
City Space Architecture / Placemaking action
Marco Piantoni / SLUM
Davisi Boontharm / Urban Albums
Visiting scholar / Artist
Michele Liparesi / Oltre il Momumento
Martijn de Waal / Civic Interaction Design
Visiting Researcher
Rhizoma Lab / Back to the Future of Public Space: Postcards from 2020
[Retrophuture] Fabrizio Passarella / ABSCHIEDSELEGIEN
Propositions for Public Space
RMIT University / Multimedia exhibition
On Change / Change On
London Metropolitan University / Multimedia exhibition
Vincenzo D’Argenio / Deflagrazione Artist’s Cut
Nina Backman / Silence Meal
Marco Bucchieri / Da dove stai chiamando?
First-ever parklet in Bologna
City Space Architecture / Placemaking action
Grace Leone / Fieldwork:Rules of Conduct
Visiting scholar / Artist


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