A journey through artwork and contemporary places
Tuscany houses important works of contemporary art, with museums, venues and exhibition centers for you to nose about in.
Pecci Prato Museum
The Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci is the first Italian institution built to exhibit, collect, document and promote the most advanced artistic research. Since its inauguration in 1988, it has produced extensive exhibitions and documentary work on contemporary art, numerous educational programs, shows and multimedia events. It houses over a thousand works that map art trends from the 1960s to today: paintings, sculptures, cinema and video, installations, works on paper, art books, photographs, graphics and commissioned projects. In 2016, the Pecci Center will reopen after the completion of the expansion by architect Maurice Nio and the renovation of the original building designed by the rationalist architect Italo Gamberini.
Marini Museum in Florence
The Marini Museum, set in the charming surroundings of the former church of San Pancrazio, with the creations of one of the greatest Italian sculptors of the 20th century is also a place dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions and performing arts. This magical place promotes cultural events and exhibitions dedicated to artists and themes from the 20th century to the modern day among the artist’s sculptures and the underlying crypt.
Keith Haring Murals in Pisa
Among the lesser-known works of art in Pisa are surely the gigantic murals by American artist Keith Haring. The colorful work titledTuttomondo is located in the historical center, a few steps from the station, and is one of the few works by the US author in Italy: painted in 1989 on the outer wall of the canonical church of Sant’Antonio Abate, it is a true celebration of life and color. The theme is harmony and peace in the world, visible through the connections and the joys of the 30 figures that, like in a puzzle, populate the 180 sq feet wall.
Art works by Mauro Staccioli
Mauro Staccioli, originally from Volterra, left many of the grandiose environmental works in his home town in 2009 to the exhibition Luoghi d’esperienza. A path that mixes art and landscape, marked by minimalist geometric sculptures, in large sizes, thanks to which the artist reinterpreted the surrounding landscape where he spent his childhood days, shaping a novel way of looking at the Volterra countryside through frames that create a changing dialogue between landscape and viewer.