The Umberto Allemandi publishing house, founded in 1982, started its activity in 1983 with the publication of a high quality specialist newspapr and books on the fine and decorative arts.
The first initiative was the monthly “Il Giornale dell’Arte” (the art newspaper) in May 1983, a publication that broke new ground in the sector of art publications. It was so successful that several countries requested the creation of editions in their languages. This was a first for the art world: no longer a magazine, but the equivalent of a daily, informative newspaper.
The foreign brand “Umberto Allemandi & Co. Publishing Ltd” was born in London in 1990, followed by “Umberto Allemandi & Co. Publishing USA Inc”, which published “The Art Newspaper” monthly around the world. The ownership of these brands was relinquished in 2013.
The Italian publishing house, based in Turin, has created seven international titles that today collaborate in the most extensive international information network in the art world, which includes:
- «Il Giornale dell’Arte» (published in Turin since 1983)
- «The Art Newspaper» (published in London and New York since 1990)
- «Ta Nea Tis Technis» (published in Athens since 1992)
- «Le Journal des Arts» (published in Paris from 1994 to 2018), now «The Art Newspaper France»
- «El Periodico del Arte» (published in Madrid from 1997 to 2002)
- «The Art Newspaper Russia» (published in Moscow since 2012)
- «The Art Newspaper China» (published in Shanghai since 2014)
Between 2002 and 2014, Allemandi created and published the monthly newspaper “Il Giornale dell’Architettura” (the architecture newspaper), to be an equivalent information tool for the sectors of architecture, construction, design, city planning and the environment. The crisis in the construction market and its impact on the publishing market led to the suspension of the publication, which now continues online, temporarily entrusted to a group of former editors.
In late 2015, Umberto Allemandi & C. S.p.A. became Umberto Allemandi S.r.l.
Allemandi is one of the leading and most respected art and architecture publishers in the world. It has published many famous authors, including John Pope-Hennessy, Clement Greenberg, Federico Zeri, Michael Jaffé, Francis Haskell, Jean Clair, Rafael Moneo, Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Renzo Piano, Francis Russell, Nicoletta Misler, Angela Vettese, Antonio Paolucci, etc.
Allemandi has published catalogues for many important museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Poldi Pezzoli museum in Milan, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome, the Vatican Museums, the Dalì Museum in Figueres, the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) and the Royal Palace of Venaria in Turin, etc.
The “Allemandi Vision” department is the exclusive producer of (among other titles) the memorable series “I Video del Louvre” (“The Videos of the Louvre”).
In 1995, in a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the French State agency responsible for French national museums, Allemandi won the first tender for the establishment of bookshops in Italian national museums, creating the large SACS bookshop (designed by architect Michele De Lucchi) at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.
It then managed numerous other museum bookshops at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery), the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum), the Royal Palace of Venaria, the Museo di Antichità (Museum of Antiquities) and at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (National Automobile Museum) in Turin, at the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) in Milan, at the Museo Nazionale della Ceramica (International Museum of Ceramics) in Faenza, etc.
In June 2001, Allemandi completed work on a monumental publishing project, the “Dizionario Universale dell’Architettura del XX Secolo” (“Universal Dictionary of Architecture in the 20th Century”), in six volumes, with the collaboration of more than 400 professors of History and Critical Understanding of Architecture in 10 Countries.
In 2004, Allemandi produced an edition of this dictionary in four volumes for Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Treccani.
Allemandi has published volumes for credit institutions, including banks such as Banca Commerciale Italiana, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Istituto San Paolo in Turin, etc.; foundations, such as Compagnia di San Paolo, the CRT Foundation, the Venice Foundation, the Rome Foundation, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro (Third Pillar Foundation), London’s Venice in Peril, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, the Goulandris Foundation in Athens, the Istituto Veneto di Lettere e Arti (Venetian Institute for Literature and Art), the Ente Ville Palladiane (Association of Palladian Villas) and numerous other institutions; industrial companies, such as Fiat, Lavazza, Martini & Rossi, Parmalat, Max Mara, etc.; exhibition organisers, such as Fiera Milano, the Lingotto Convention Centre in Turin, BolognaFiere, the Florence Biennale; and, last but not least, leading galleries and antique dealers around the world.
In 2005, Allemandi undertook the digitisation, cataloguing and online publication of the complete collection of “Il Giornale dell’Arte”, from its first issue in March 1983. The consultation of this archive, which represents an important and unique heritage, a systematic and complete documentation of international artistic life and of the cultural policies of the last 35 years, will be made available to the public online by subscription.
The sales outlets of museums and specialised bookshops abroad are supplied by Libro Co and other distributors and wholesalers. Allemandi participates in major trade fairs in Italy and abroad.
Distribution to Italian newsstands is carried out by Messaggerie Periodici, while distribution to Italian bookshops has been entrusted to Emmepromozione and Messaggerie Libri.
In Italy, advertising in its periodicals is sold by the company’s own sales structure, which consists of sic exclusive agents who cover the entire country.
In 1992, the publisher received an extraordinary honour from the then Prime Minister, and later President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi: the “Premio Nazionale per la Cultura” (“National Culture Award”) for publishing (also awarded to Renzo Piano for architecture, Luciano Berio for music, Alberto Burri for painting, Vittorio Gassman for theatre, Emilio Servadio for medicine, and Sergio Quinzio for philosophy).
The publishing hourse has received numerous other awards, some of which include:
- The National Art Collection Fund Award in London
- The Art Director’s Club Merit Award in New York
- The OAT (Ordine degli Architetti - Order of Architects) award “Cultori dell’Architettura” (an award for non-architects who promote architecture, support it and undertake to preserve and pursue its high quality) for the newspaper of the World Congress of Architects
- The publisher was honoured by Media Awards for the “best monthly art magazine”