Pastificio Cerere was named after the Roman goddess of fertility (known in English as Ceres). Little could its original founders know that what was a reference to abundant grain crops would later be a perfect fit for the artistic prolificacy that this erstwhile pasta factory in Rome has yielded for over forty years.
Built in the beginning of the last century, in a neighborhood that has come to be Rome’s social and cultural “melting pot”, fueled by the influx of workers from abroad, the pasta factory closed in the 1960s.
When it reopened, in the 1970s, its mission had radically changed: a small group of young artists, straight out of the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, decided to try and work together in this non-conventional space.
Over the years, Gianni Dessì, Pietro Pizzi Cannella, Oscar Turco, Bruno Ceccobbelli, Angelo Calligaris and many others established their studios here.
The ateliers, following Achille Bonito Oliva’s intuition, achieved international fame after opening to the public in order to promote art.
The former factory is home to art and graphic design studios, galleries, schools of photography, and – since 2004 – the headquarters of the Pastificio Cerere Foundation.
Established by Flavio Misciattelli, the Foundation promotes education, residence programs for young artists and curators, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and studio visits.
The Pastificio has never been more fertile.