Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi & Maurizio Rigillo

Italian gallerists with four spaces in four different countries and a roster of big name artists on their books

Negotiating politically tricky situations is something the trio behind Galleria Continua have become adept at – these are, after all, the guys who have been working with Ai Weiwei since 2009 and operating a Beijing space since 2005 (opened to complement their off-the-beaten-track galleries on Paris’s outskirts and in the Tuscan town of San Gimignano). Yet opening a space in Havana this year is an impressive feat, mixing, no doubt, both ambition and diplomacy. In an interview with ArtReview, Fiaschi noted that while freedom of expression was an issue – ‘that they have this law in these circumstances is something of which I don’t approve’ – they would work within the rules. The result has been a series of exhibitions mixing Cuban names with international artists from the gallery list. Elsewhere, Cuban Carlos Garaicoa showed in the Italian space, Antony Gormley in Beijing, and Daniel Buren and Etel Adnan in France.