The collection of Valeria Costa Piccinini Heritage Fund consists of over 2,000 documents and works including paintings, drawings, sketches of stage sets and costumes, travel diaries and photographs.
This corpus of artworks spans over more than six decades and encompasses almost the entire production of Valeria Costa. Created by the artist's family, the fund has as a goal to catalog, conserve and promote Valeria Costa's work around the world.
Valeria Costa's works were rarely exhibited during her lifetime, and only limited documentation exists over her juvenile shows. In 1939, she took part to the third edition of Rome’s Quadriennale with the painting "Ritratto di Carla" (1938). This oil on canvas, like the “Ritratto di Orazio” painted in the same years, testifies the influence of the Roman School of painting over her work and, as Fabrizio d'Amico pointed out, her fascination for the German Neue Sachlichkeit.
In the late 30s, Valeria also started to work with his brother Orazio and her commitment as a costume designer and scenographer prevailed over her work as a visual artist. She never stopped to paint, but for a long time, the painting was an almost private exercise for her. There is no documentation about her exhibition activity in the years before and after the war. Valeria Costa returned to exhibit only many years later around the end of the 80s. Among the most significant exhibitions we remember: the solo show at the Monumental Complex of San Michele a Ripa (Rome, 1992) and the great retrospective at the Museum Complesso del Vittoriano (Rome, 2002).