Studio la Città opened in 1969 with Lucio Fontana who was to be a constant presence both in the gallery and in all the many fairs the gallery has taken part in. Since 1969 the gallery rooms have hosted works by Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Enrico Castellani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Gianni Colombo.
From the second half of the 'eighties the gallery paid great attention to such minimalist investigations of colour as those of Herbert Hamak, Ettore Spalletti, John McCracken, David Simpson, Stuart Arends, and Lawrence Carroll.
The subtle yet persistent line linking most of the gallery's choices, and one of its trademarks, is the search for a silent and intimate expressive form that aims at the essence of things. In this sense Gabriele Basilico, Vincenzo Castella, Alberto Garutti, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Ettore Spalletti, and Giulio Paolini can be considered the gallery's contemporary classics.
In May 2007 the gallery moved to its new premises in Lungadige Galtarossa, just outside the city centre: a space adapted to large-scale works, often made specifically for the occasion, as well as works by young artists, performances, and also shows of artists already well-known in the world of contemporary art.
Because of its particular spatial arrangement the venue is adapted to the organization of various events: catalogue presentations, concerts, private views, the atrical performances etc. There is, furthermore, a room set aside specifically for the viewing of videos. In recent seasons Studio la Città has exhibited such artists as Jacob Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Eelco Brand, Arthur Duff, Izima Kaoru, David Lindberg, Steve Roden, Mikhael Subotzky, Timothy Tompkins, Pablo Zuleta-Zahr, and Victor Ampliev, as well as the Italian Anna Galtarossa.
Recently too the gallery has hosted shows devoted to the new languages of Indian art: particular mention should be made of India Crossing in which were to be seen works by Riyas Komu, Hema Upadhyay, Nataraj Sharma, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Ashim Purkayastha, and Shilpa Gupta. In early 2010 there will be held an exhibition of work by Balaji Ponna, an artist from Baroda.