The Fondazione Fotografia Modena is an exhibition and training centre entirely devoted to photography and contemporary imagery. Through its activities – ranging from exhibitions and events to training and management of major collections – it provides a privileged platform for dialogue and investigation of the fundamental role played by imagery in our culture.

Set up in 2007 as a cultural project by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, on the initiative of the chairman Andrea Landi, to be directed by Filippo Maggia until July 2017, right from the start the Fondazione Fotografia Modena has dealt with the constitution of contemporary photography collections of the Fondazione, evolving over time to become a key structure of reference on the national scene. From an initial phase focusing on exhibition events designed to document and publicise the progressive acquisitions of the collection, the institution has since broadened its field of activity to include also historical photography, as well as setting up major initiatives in the training field, aimed especially at artists and curators who intend to work in the field of imagery. Its careful work on photography collections has also helped the Fondazione to make its own know-how more widely available through specific external services in the fields of cataloguing, image conservation and the restoration of photographic works.

Founded in 2012 as an operating company of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, part-owned by Modena City Council, the Fondazione Fotografia Modena since October 2017, and together with Museo della Figurina and Galleria Civica di Modena, is part of FONDAZIONE MODENA ARTI VISIVE, an institution dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture,chaired by Gino Lugli, directed by Diana Baldon until March, 2019 and now directed by Daniele Pitteri.

Exhibition Venue

MATA, ex Manifattura Tabacchi
Via Manifattura Tabacchi, 83
41121 Modena
T +39 059 4270657


Educational Venue

Via Giardini, 160
41124 Modena, Italia
T +39 059 224418

Exhibition Office

Fondazione Fotografia Modena
via Emilia Centro 283
41121 Modena – Italia
T +39 059 239888
F +39 059 4270357


Since September 2017, the exhibition activity of the Fondazione Fotografia Modena is housed in the premises of the MATA, a former tobacco factory in Modena.

In use until 2002, the former industrial complex has been privatised since January 2011 and returned to the city, by redefining the urban landscape and restoring an abandoned area of the historical city center between the railway station and the northern part of Modena. The complex was built in 1513 as a monastery. Then it became an hospital, a saltpetre warehouse, and, eventually, a tobacco factory, with over 1,500 employees in the twenties.

The Modena Manifattura Tabacchi has now a new identity: it is a cultural venue and a center for the arts, with a management entrusted to the Modena Assessorato alla Cultura, and, at the same time, it is a seat of offices, business and housing units.


Ex Ospedale

Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino is a real estate complex located in Modena city centre known as “complesso Sant’Agostino” whose surface area amounts to approx. 24.000 gross square metres which used to house the ancient hospital built in 1753 by Duke of Este Francesco III.

The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena acquired it with the aim to restore and transform it into a new cultural pole, developing the project plan together with the Modena Municipality.  According to the architectural design by Gae Aulenti, the former hospital will house the foundation Modena for the Visual Arts, a new institution connecting the activities carried out by the Fondazione Fotografia, the Galleria Civica and the Museo della Figurina; a multimedia centre related to the Museo della Figurina; a multimedia atelier for creativity, devoted to research, enterpreunership and arts, also located in high-tech spaces.

Works are due to start in 2017.