The Italian Council is a project of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture, and Urban Peripheries of the Ministry with the aim to promote the production, awareness and circulation of contemporary Italian creativity in the visual arts. To achieve this, the DGAAP plans to finance projects proposed by museums, public and private non-profit entities, university institutions, foundations, committees and non-profit cultural associations, working to increase Italian public collections.
The proposals must produce a new artwork that will be destined to increase the Italian public museums’ collections. The projects must also provide an international program of circulation - also with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institutes in the world - in order to promote contemporary Italian art internationally, which is one of the cornerstones of the program.
A Commission composed of personalities from the contemporary art world grants funding in the order of priority determined by the merit ranking that is the result of a selection.