What is Marsilio Arte

Exhibitions, museums, bookshops, books. In a word: Art

Marsilio Arte is a company specialising in the editorial production of catalogues and art books, and in managing services for museums and public and private entities, from ticketing to organising and designing exhibitions and events, from the creation of bookshops to the production of dedicated promotional merchandise and press office activities.

“I believe very strongly that the cultural economy is highly connected to place and to the desire to create lasting partnerships that build something that lasts and enriches the place itself with new ideas, synergies and growth prospects.”

Luca De Michelis

Our Pillars

Exhibitions and events

We design and organise exhibitions and cultural initiatives.

Places of art

We work alongside prestigious museums and institutions with specific projects and tailored services.


We design and manage bookshops for various museums and exhibition spaces.

Catalogues and illustrated books

We design and produce books and catalogues.

Our Network

Marsilio Arte works with some of the most important Italian and foreign cultural institutions and museum, such as Casa dei Tre Oci – Berggruen Institute Europe, Le Stanze della Fotografia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Anish Kapoor Foundation, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Pinault Collection, Fondazione Vedova, Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Michelangelo Foundation for Homo Faber, the Willem de Kooning Foundation, Musei Civici, Palazzo Grimani, Venetian Heritage in Venice, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Castello Sforzesco, Fondazione Pirelli HangarBicocca, Palazzo Reale, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Galleria Borghese and MAXXI in Rome, Berggruen Arts & Cultures, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

The projects carried out with many of these prestigious entities involve some of the biggest artists on the international scene, including Marina Abramovich, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Anselm Kiefer, as well as important critics, directors and art historians.

Discover the Art Places

Marsilio and art: a story that spans two generations

Marsilio Arte was born out of the experience Marsilio, a publishing house that is part of the Feltrinelli group, which has always been involved in the production of art and photography catalogues and illustrated books, had working with Civita Tre Venezie and its partners (Fondazione di Venezia and Opera 20, a Costa Edutainment company) as part of a coordinated project.

The Marsilio Editori publishing house

Marsilio Editori is one of the biggest Italian publishing houses for fiction, non-fiction and illustrated books, led by the De Michelis family and today part of the Feltrinelli group. The Marsilio catalogue now has more than 8,000 published titles, 3,000 of which are still available, with around 250 new releases a year.
Care and attention to quality, varied series, scientific research, collaborations with important entities, thinkers, philosophers, intellectuals have always characterised Marsilio’s work.
Marsilio Editori was founded on 23 February 1961 (the name is a tribute to Marsilius of Padua, the 14th century philosopher, thinker and Ghibelline legal theorist) based on the idea of a group of friends who had recently graduated. In 1969, when Cesare De Michelis (who had already worked with the publishing house for years) took over the management of Marsilio, he kicked off an expansion phase that would lead to great success.

In fact, since the 1980s Marsilio has recorded uninterrupted growth by developing the various sectors it works in, with new proposals and editorial ideas. In October 2017 the Feltrinelli group bought a stake in Marsilio, which reached 55% in July 2020. A fundamental partnership for the sharing of specific skills and know-how in editorial choices and the promotion of Marsilio’s publishing products by the Feltrinelli group.


Venice, with its public and private museums, which house a treasure trove of inestimable value, with the research work of its universities, with its numerous national and international foundations that invest in showcasing and protecting the city’s historical-artistic heritage, stands out today as one of our country’s examples of excellences in the field of cultural and, in particular, in the visual arts

Being in Venice, working in Venice, means being in the middle of a place capable of serving up the biggest artistic events of our time, of attracting world-famous artists, of organising and conceiving events, exhibitions and talks of the highest quality.

Marsilio Arte, which operates at a national level, has chosen, despite the obvious management and sustainability difficulties and the challenges that this city poses, to remain in Venice, in its historic city centre, with the prospect of continuing to cultivate and develop lasting synergies and collaborations with many of its prestigious institutions.

Our contacts.
Santa Marta - Fabbricato 17, 30123 Venezia

+39 041 2406511

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