Community and culture

Continuous commitment to culture

Enhancement of the Group’s artistic heritage and help towards safeguarding the country’s artistic assets, partnerships with national and international museums and public/private institutions, sponsorship of cultural activities and events: these are the lines of action that the Group engages in to confirm its commitment to culture.


2022-2025 Target and 2022 result

30,000 sq.m exhibition spaces in the Gallerie d’Italia

more than doubled compared to 14,200 sq.m at the end of 2021

2 new museums opened

in Turin and Naples

Progetto Cultura (Culture Project)

“Progetto Cultura” (Culture Project) is the multi-year programme conceived and run by the Art, Culture and Historical Heritage Department of Intesa Sanpaolo that maintains dialogue with important public and private, national and international cultural and museum institutions with the aim of making a direct, responsible and effective contribution to the cultural and social development of the country.

“Progetto Cultura” maintains a network of partnerships with numerous companies in Italy to support their activities as well as for the joint production of initiatives: from support for the Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023 project, to projects shared with banking foundations; from the international fairs “Miart” in Milan, “Artissima” and the Turin International Book Fair, the Photography Festival in Cortona, to work with museums such as Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, as well as support for restoration and redevelopment projects of public spaces and monuments. International partnerships include the special partnership with the National Gallery in London. 

Gallerie d'Italia

Intesa Sanpaolo has gathered one of the most important corporate collections in the world, with over 35,000 works, which are shared with the public in museum programmes by the Gallerie d’Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo’s museums in MilanNaples (new site opened in May 2022), Turin (new museum opened in May 2022 dedicated to photography, digital world and the image culture, with a particular focus on ESG issues) and Vicenza

2022 Results

~ 480,000 visitors

free admission for under-18s

14 exhibitions
1,550 workshops for schools

~33,000 students involved

260 free tours for vulnerable people

~ 3,680 participants in free tours

815 tours for adults
300 cultural events

~30,000 participants

277 works of art on loan

for 61 temporary exhibitions in national and international venues

197 assets restored

As part of the Gallerie d’Italia Academy, in 2022 the second edition of the Executive Course for young managers in the cultural sector took place, with over 440 applications, 30 participating students and 8 scholarships made available by Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione Cariplo.

Edizioni Gallerie d’Italia - Skira published 16 volumes including exhibition catalogues, Vox Imago, photography books and studies on collecting, as well as a silent book for children consisting solely of illustrations with a view to accessibility - “La luna al museo” (The Moon at the Museum) - in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Culture-Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali. 

Restituzioni programme

Since 1989 Intesa Sanpaolo has contributed to the preservation and promotion of the country’s artistic and architectural heritage with “Restituzioni” (Restitutions) programme, the most important restoration programme in the world. In 2022, the nineteenth edition came to a close, with the restoration of over 200 works-of-art and the twentieth edition is already under way.