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  COME VEDERE L'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEA HOW TO SEE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
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Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
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DESIGNER
 
 
Italo Gamberini

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DESCRIPTION
 
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The Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art is the first institution in Italy to be built from scratch with the specific intent to exhibit, collect, preserve, document and distribute the most advanced artistic research.

Following the dream of Enrico Pecci, the museum was conceived in the early eighties and after donated to the city of Prato in memory of his son Luigi, who passed away prematurely. The centre was established as a cultural association thanks to the contribution of various partners, including the City of Prato, the Entrepreneur Association of Prato, and the Cassa di Risparmio of Prato, along with numerous private companies and individual patrons. The museum building was the project of the Florentine architect Italo Gamberini.

Inaugurated on the 25th of June, 1988, the Pecci Centre included the exhibition space of the museum which, from the beginning, was dedicated to panoramic geographical or thematic exhibitions which explored different aspects of contemporary styles and mediums, as well as submissions from individual protagonists of the national and international art scene. The exhibitions were accompanied by CID / Visual Arts (the specialised library for contemporary art and architecture consisting of about 50,000 volumes), the Department of Education with the experimental teaching of Bruno Munari, and by the Events Section which organised programmes and events involving cinema, video and music in the auditorium, the open air theatre or spread out over the province of Prato. All of the activities were also accompanied by publishing proposals, series of meetings and various in-depth research ventures.

The Pecci Centre collection includes over a thousand works, mainly sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs and film pieces dating from the Fifties up to the present day, which were mostly acquired following exhibitions. Of particular note are the works representative of the Arte Povera and Italian and International Transavantgarde (neo-expressionist) movements, as well as those by artists of the former USSR. There is also a vast collection of concrete and visual poetry works and projects with sections dedicated to Radical architecture, Tuscan underground cinema from 1964 to 1980 and to artists’ books.

In 2006, a refurbishment project for the Pecci Centre was conceived which led to the expansion of the museum, commissioned by the Pecci family to Maurice Nio, one of the most interesting and innovative figures on the Dutch architectural scene. It was a cultural challenge welcomed by the city of Prato and the Region of Tuscany. Work began in 2010 and will be completed by the 16th of October 2016 with the reopening of the centre to the public. The ring project was conceived by Nio for the extension of the Pecci Centre and embraces the original building, incorporating it into a disc shape which encloses and includes the modern factory, the humanist square and the classical theatre evoked by the postmodern architecture of Gamberini. Symbolically and physically placed to encircle the “culture factory” created by Gamberini thirty years ago, the futuristic, circular architecture designed by Nio announces the dual capability of the Pecci Centre which opens itself to and emanates its external design and attracts more attention to that which is kept inside. With the modernised and improved services to the public and various organic exhibition spaces between them in which the temporary exhibitions and activities of the centre, along with the showing of the collection, can alternate without interruption, the Pecci Centre represents symbolises the nerve centre of an active city and region in facilitating contemporary artistic developments and promoting innovative cultural experiences.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Italy [Italia]
Region
Tuscany [Toscana]
Province
Prato
Town
Prato
Address
Viale della Repubblica, 277
 
 
Telephone
+39.0574.5317
Website
E-mail
info@centropecci.it
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public gardens
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1981 - 1984    
Realisation
1985 - 1988
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Daria Ricchi, "Sensing the waves", A10 new European architecture 18, november-december 2007, "On the spot" p. 6
Elena Tomei, "Sensore dei flussi / In Prato", L'Arca 229, ottobre/octobre 2007, "L'Arca2" p. 92
Paolo Rinaldi, "Il Centro Pecci raddoppia / The Pecci Center doubles-up", OF Arch 98, ottobre/october 2007, "Work in progress" pp. 38-39
"Maurice Nio amplia il Pecci a Prato", Il giornale dell'architettura 52, giugno 2007, "Musei" p. 23
"Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Prato", Architecture méditerranéenne 33, octobre/ottobre 1989, pp. 142-146
Domizia Mandolesi, "Centro per l'arte contemporanea a Prato / Contemporary art museum in Prato", L'Industria delle Costruzioni 208, febbraio/february 1989, pp. 22-29
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Irene Grandi, "I passi dell’amore" (A. Filippelli, A. Di Martino, I. Grandi), in Grandissimo, Vevo, 2019
Irene Grandi, I passi dell'amore, Centro Pecci, Prato, Italy, Italo Gamberini
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CLIENT
 
 
Enrico Pecci
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
total sq.m. 4,310

first floor sq.m. 1,290
ground floor sq.m. 655
basement sq.m. 2,365
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Attilio Mazzoni
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