Contemporary art in Tuscany
Galleria Continua was founded in 1990 with the intention, evident in the name, to give continuity to contemporary art in a landscape rich with the signs of ancient art. Occupying a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in an entirely unexpected location in a town – San Gimignano – steeped in history, timeless, magnificent.
This choice of location provided scope for the development of new forms of dialogue and symbiosis between unexpected geographies: rural and industrial, local and global, art from the past and the art of today, famous artists and emerging ones. The gallery’s presence in an area that is in a certain sense “forgotten” but which has a spirit and significant history of its own, has enabled it to create a reputation as a centre capable of producing exciting and challenging contemporary work where it is least expected, unhampered by the spatial and temporal restrictions of classic contemporary art institutions. In the course of thirty years Galleria Continua has created a strong identity for itself through its ties and experiences. Galleria Continua is all about a desire for continuity between ages, the aspiration to having a part in writing the history of the present, a history that is sensitive to contemporary creative practices and which cherishes the link between past and future, and between different and unusual individuals and geographies.
In 2004 Galleria Continua began a new adventure in Beijing, China, showing contemporary Western artists in an area where they are still little seen. Three years later, in 2007, Galleria Continua inaugurated a new peculiar site for largescale creations – Les Moulins – in the Parisian countryside. In 2015 Galleria Continua embarks on new paths, opening a space in La Habana, Cuba, devoted to cultural projects designed to overcome every frontier.