The exhibition space of the Gallery La Giarina, is on the ground floor of a historic building dating back to 1500's in the oldest part of Verona, between Piazza Isolo and the Teatro Romano close to the Adige river. The location called, “la giarina” gives its name to the gallery itself. Like a Roman courtyard the space is a path around a four-sided courtyard, which one enters from a foyer decorated with neoclassic paintings. In recent years an underground display room, called the “project room”, has been also added.
The gallery was established in 1987 with a curious exhibition event based on the history of American cinema fantasy. The collection of the American Ackerman was displayed. Followed immediately by a personal show of Arman that gave to the beginning a full program of exhibitions that focused in the story and contemporary of art. The idea of the search and of the contamination has always marked the work of the gallery that presented it over the course of the years. Exhibitions on the leading historical edge of the 1900’s compared with the most recent artistic tendencies.
Movements like Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Fluxus, Nouveau Realisme, Visual Poetry, took turns with Body art, Video art, Digital art, group art or community art. Some of the significant exhibitions: “Les liasons dangereuses” - “Shape your body” - “Les correspondances secretes Dada - Surrealismo &…” - ”Fluxartisti” -“Fiat Fluxus” - “Emergenze planetarie” - “ 1912 -1997 Il corpo in scena” - “Il corpo assente” - “Details” - “The mask-il volto plurale” - “Cum Art” – “Italian Details” …
The gallery has dedicated space to personal exhibitions for both Italian and international artists already historicised, above all affirmed young or emerging artists. Some names: Enrico Baj – Vasco Bendini- Clara Brasca- Walter Bortolossi - Maurizio Camerani- Arch Connelly – Claudio Costa - Wim Delvoye - Paul De Vree - Sari Dienes-Ken Friedman - Daniele Galliano - Francesco Garbelli - Ernesto Jannini - Bartolomeo Migliore - Aldo Mondino- Flaviano Poggi - Antonio Porcelli - Toti Scialoja - Mario Schifano- Giulio Turcato - Martin Van Vreden - Bob Watts - Rhonda Zwillinger.
One of the frequent themes studied in depth in recent years: the research of body language in the history of art from the 1960’s to 2000. Artists that use photographs and the latest technologies have been the protagonists of the most recent exhibitions: Davide Coltro- Daniele Girardi – Adriano Nardi - Luisa Raffaelli- Giuseppe Rado - SilvanoTessarollo.