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The art world seen from Prato

This is a historic event, which will mark the way we live and learn about contemporary art in Tuscany and Italy. After a long period of closure, the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci will open again in October, with an inaugural exhibition titled La Fine del Mondo (the end of the world).

The future is obsolete, uncertain and doubtless. But it is also full of opportunities to understand our present, to stimulate a rational reflection on the scenarios that surround us. More than 50 national and international artists look at our present from a distance, in a back flash of sorts. The public will be welcomed in the new wing designed by Maurice Nio, a construction resembling a space ship that has just landed from a faraway planet and is about to emit and receive waves with its antenna and turn them into cosmic messages.

At the entrance you will find yourself in front of an installation by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, Break Through, representing a door opened on to another dimension. Once inside you will experience the feeling of being projected into the future to a few thousand light-years on, looking at our planet like at a fossil. The world we have known since its origins will have come to its end, giving us a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a future that has yet to come.

The route inside the Centro Pecci centre boasts established international artists such as Jimmie Durham, Carlos Garaicoa, Qiu Zhijie and Cai Guo-Qiang, up to works of artists from the past such as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Umberto Boccioni. The exhibition unfolds on approximately 3000 square meters, shaking up the traditional exhibition pattern by blending visual arts with music, theatre, dance and cinema.

Along the exhibition, differing forms of expression and constructs are interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance not only represent events, but interlock as integral moments of a single show, helping to build an immersive and engaging narrative. As well as the artists, multiple personalities unveil an eclectic and visionary story of art with their contributions, from celebrated singer Bjork to architect Didier Fiuza Faustino, playwright and actor Pippo Delbono, and electronic musician Joakim.