The Celle Farm in Pistoia
The Celle Farm in Pistoia hosts an important environmental art collection that Giuliano Gori and his family have established since the early 1980s.
This unique collection extends over 3000 sqm in historic buildings spanning 45 hectares, divided between the romantic park and the adjacent olive grove.
In the aftermath of WWII, the Gori collection was shaped through the frequent presence and deep knowledge of artists who at the time expressed the renewal of art. By the end of the 1950s, the collector realised the need to have an appropriate venue to accommodate the collection. A special building was erected in the historical center of Prato, a common destination for the world of visual arts and culture in general until the late 1960s. But in March 1970 the collection was transferred to the Farmhouse complex of Celle, a new residence of the Gori family in Santomato.
The idea retraces the ancient canons of art, but differs from contemporary attempts (see Documenta by Kassel in 1977 or the Venice Biennale the following year) where environmental work was made using mostly precarious materials, resistant only to last throughout the event. Instead, Celle offered permanent installations, both in the park and inside the various buildings.
This is how the Celle Farm realizes the idea of environmental art in close contact with the place that hosts them. Artist are invited to indicate the preferred space for carrying out their work and must carefully analyze all the elements that can influence the place, such as climate, light and vegetation, to name but a few. In addition, the project must contain all the elements needed to deal with the romantic spirit that typifies the Celle Farm.
The Gori collection can be visited upon written request on weekdays, from the end of April to the end of September – in August only on limited days. Some of the artists on display include:
Daniel Buren, Alberto Burri, Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Nunzio, Dennis Oppenheim, Mimmo Paladino, Claudio Parmiggiani, Beverly Pepper, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Serra, Emilio Vedova just to name a few.