Renato Miracco

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Born1953 (age 70–71)
Naples, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Salerno
  • Scholar
  • Curator
  • Art critic
AwardsOrder of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018)

Renato Miracco (b. 1953) is a scholar, art critic, and curator from Naples, Italy. Formerly the Cultural Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Washington, he now sits on the Board of Guarantors for the Italian Academy at Columbia University.[1] He has curated numerous important exhibitions on Italian art worldwide and has published widely.[1] Miracco was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for Cultural Achievements in 2018[2] and received a Green Card for Exceptional Ability from President Obama.[3]

Career highlights

Miracco served as the the Cultural Attaché of the Italian Embassy from 2010 to 2018.[1] In 2013, he organized a series of more than 300 events to celebrate and explore the impact of Italian culture in the United States. As Attaché, Miracco supervised all of the Italian Embassy's exhibitions, organized the Italy@150 program in partnership with over 80 museums across the United States, and helped organize a Memorandum of Understanding on Archaeology between the governments of Italy and the United States.[3]

Miracco has lectured at Pratt Institute and other universities and institutions across the globe[4] and has curated exhibitions at prestigious museums and collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection[5], the National Gallery of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, Centre Pompidou, the Estorick Collection, and the Tate Modern.


Selected Exhibition History
Exhibtion Institution or Location Year(s) Role
Bice Lazzari: The Poetry of Mark-Making The Phillips Collection 2018-2019 Curator
Saving Art, Preserving Heritage Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. 2018 Curator
Massimiliano Gatti: The Day Memory Dissolved The Italian Academy at Columbia University 2016 Curator
Afro-Cuba: Mystery and Magic of Afro-Cuban Spirituality The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas 2016 Curator
Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971) Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 2015-2016 Gallery Talk
Next Stop: Italy The Phillips Collection 2013 Curator
Italian Paper Exhibition Italian Embassy in Washington 2013 Curator
Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Archaeology The Phillips Collection 2013 Curator
Paolo Ventura: Selected Works The Italian Academy at Columbia University 2013 Curator
Costantino Nivola Italian Embassy in Washington 2012 Curator
Paintings from the Academia Carrara Italian Embassy in Washington 2011-12 Curator
Spirit Into Shape: Contemporary Italian Sculpture Meridian International Center 2011 Curator
Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964 Museum of Modern Art of Bologna 2009 Curator
Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964 The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2008 Curator[6]
Renato D’Agostin: Metropolis Leica Gallery 2008 Curator
I lavoratori in cammino: da Pelizza da Volpedo a Ceroli Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome, Italy 2007-2008 Curator
Piety and Pragmatism: Spiritualism in Futurist Art The Estorick Collection 2007 Curator
Female Italian and Russian Avant-Garde Art, 1910-1935 Tretyakov Gallery 2007 Curator
Mirko Dalla Mitologia all’Archetipo 1937- 1957 New York University 2007 Curator
Il Fregio di Giulio Aristide Sartorio Palazzo Montecitorio 2006 Curator
Beyond Painting: Burri, Fontana, Manzoni Tate Modern 2005-2006 Curator
Bice Lazzari: Abstract Emotion Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia 2005 Curator
Futurist Skies: Italian Aeropainting The Estorick Collection 2005 Curator
Italian Still Life, 1910-1960 Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru 2005 Curator
Federico Zandomeneghi: Impressionista Veneziano Chiostro del Bramante 2005 Curator
De Nittis: Impressionista Italiano Chiostro del Bramante; Fondazione Mazzotta 2004 Curator
Futurismo 1909-1926 Museum of Ixelles 2003-2004 Curator
Aerea cielos futuristas Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo 2003 Curator
Italian Art 1950-1970: Capolavori della Collezione Farnesina New Delhi, India 2003 Curator
Light and Painting in Italy 1850-1914 Fondazione Adriano Olivetti; Estorick Collection; Museum of Modern Art Brussels 2002 Curator
Carlo Carrá: Works on Paper The Estorick Collection 2001-2002 Curator
Carlo Carrá: 1900-1965: Las Mutaciones del Espiritu Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Córdoba, Argentina 2001 Curator
Il Ritratto Italiano Rome, Italy 1998 Curator
Mario Sironi: el Trabajo y el Arte Mexico City, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina 1996-1998 Curator


Selected Publication History
Publication Publisher Year Role
Oscar Wilde's Italian Dream 1875-1900 Damiani Editore 2020 Author
War & Art: WWI – USA in Italy Gangemi Editore 2017 Editor
Italian Treasures in the US: An Itinerary of Art Gangemi Editore 2015 Author
Le Onde Waves of Italian Influence Gangemi Editore 2015 Author
War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I Gangemi Editore 2014 Editor
Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Archaelogy Silvana Editorale 2013 Author
Costantino Nivola: 100 Years of Creativity Charta/Italian Cultural Institute 2012 Editor
Andrea Bianconi Charta 2011 Author
Giuseppe Ripa: Liminal Charta 2011 Author
Giulio Rimondi: Beirut Nocturne Charta 2011 Author
Giuseppe Ripa: Moondance Charta 2010 Author
Lucio Fontana: At the Roots of Spatialism Gangemi Editore 2010 Editor
Instant Book: Italian Artists-New York Charta/Italian Cultural Institute 2010 Author
Federico Solmi Charta 2010 Author
Michele Ciacciofera: Silence Charta 2010 Author
Piety and Pragmatism: Spiritualism in Futuristic Art Gangemi Editore 2010 Editor
Harry Bertoia. D ecisi che una sedia non poteva bastare Silvana Editoriale 2009 Contributor
Fausto Melotti With Photos by Ugo Mulas Charta/Italian Cultural Institute 2009 Author
Giorgio Morandi: 1890-1964: Nothing Is More Abstract Than Reality Skira 2008 Editor
Paolo Mussat Sartor: Luoghi D'arte E Di Artisti: 1968-2008 JRP Ringier 2008 Author
Giorgio Morandi Charta/Italian Cultural Institute 2008 Author
The Artworks Collected by La Colezione d'Arte di Arturo Toscanini Mazzotta 2007 Author
Giorgio Morandi e a natureza-morta na Italia Mazzotta 2006 Author
Achille Perilli Works on Paper 1946-1957 Mazzotta 2006 Editor
Italian Abstraction 1910-1960 Mazzotta 2006 Author
Beyond Painting: Burri, Fontana, Manzoni Tate Publishing 2005 Author
Afro - the Memory's Alphabet Mazzotta 2005 Author
Le souffle de l'âme Exhibitions International 2004 Author
Painting Light: Italian Divisionism, 1885-1910 Mazzotta 2003 Author
Mario Sironi: Between Futurism and the Urban Landscape 1914-1920 Estorick Foundation 2002 Author
Il Metalibro Edizioni Colonnese 1984 Author
Oscar Wilde: Verso il Sole Edizioni Colonnese 1981 Author

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Renato Miracco". Italian Academy for Advanced Studies - Columbia University. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  2. "The Case of Oscar Wilde's Mistaken Identity in Naples". Literary Hub. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LPD Dialogue on Culture - The Contemporary Museum in Italy since 1990 - Miracco Renato, Cultural Attache´ of the Italian Embassy, Washington DC". Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  4. "Pratt Institute | News | Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Features Work of Pratt-Affiliated Artists and Faculty". Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  5. "Bice Lazzari: The Poetry of Mark-Making". Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  6. "People - Renato Miracco | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News". WNYC. Retrieved 2020-05-24.

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