The choice to provide the administration of cultural heritage with a division dedicated exclusively to contemporary issues dates back to 2000, the year of the institution of the DARC - Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture, created to accompany the traditional activities of conservation, protection and restoration of ancient heritage with a new directorate dedicated to the promotion, stimulation and valorisation of contemporary creativity. This was a significant innovation: it marked the first integration between the conservation of cultural heritage and the landscape and an attention toward contemporary art and architecture, assigned the same importance as evidence of the past.
<<DPR 441/2000 Regolamento recante norme di organizzazione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (art. 5)
Arfterwards, the office has undergone numerous changes, expanding or narrowing its field of action and changing in response to reforms of the Ministry. In 2007, with the institution of the PARC - Directorate-General for the Quality and Conservation of the Contemporary Landscape, Art and Architecture, the Directorate changed its name and function, acquiring a new responsibility for the landscape.
<< DPR 233/2007 Regolamento di riorganizzazione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (art. 7)
In 2009, PARC was abolished and its functions absorbed by Service 5 of PaBAAC - General Directorate for Landscape, Fine Arts, Architecture and Contemporary Art.
<<DPR 2 luglio 2009, n. 91 Regolamento di organizzazione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo (art. 1)
In 2014 the DGAAP - Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries was created, expanding the responsibilities for contemporary issues to include the requalification of urban peripheries, for the first time the specific target of actions by the Ministry.
<< DPCM 171/2014 Regolamento di organizzazione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo (art. 16)
In June 2019 the name was changed to DGCR – Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration, expanding its functions.
<< DPCM 76/2019 n. 76 Regolamento di organizzazione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (art. 18)
In December 2019 , following a reorganization of the Ministry, the DGCC – Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity was established with the expansion of skills to the sectors of cultural and creative industries, fashion, design and photography, with the division into five units.
<< DPCM 169/2019 Regolamento di organizzazione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo (art. 21)
<< DM del 28.01.2020 Articolazione degli uffici dirigenziali di livello non generale del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo (Allegato 3)
ACTIVITY REPORT 2015-2017
In order to respond to the assigned strategic objectives, the DGAAP (former acronym of the current Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture) developed between 2015 and 2017 numerous research and initiatives on the subject of cataloging and inventorying of art and architecture, as well as a cognitive analysis of the status quaestionis of the Italian suburbs. All this to focus attention on urgencies and priorities in order to develop specific and targeted projects, functional in all areas of action: art, architecture and suburbs. The synergy between art and architecture and their osmosis has generated over the years a positive creative energy, even collective, which has allowed us to implement processes characterized by a strong ability to trigger precisely in places where social cohesion is to be favored. The suburbs, the urban space, the city have therefore been the field of action for the cultural growth of the territories, so that the country best expresses its national identity in the context of contemporary creativity and this is best exploited and on a par with what happens in the international field. The "2015-2017 Activity Report" is divided into five sections:
- PATHS OF KNOWLEDGE
- SHARING / INNOVATION
- MAKING ROOM FOR TALENT
- INTERNATIONAL VISIONS
Rapporto delle attività 2015-2017, Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura contemporanee e Periferie urbane, Tipografia Ostiense, Roma 2017 – Available also in PDF