Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato will be reopening on October 16, 2016 after the completion of the futuristic spaceship-shaped extension by the Rotterdam-based Indonesian architect Maurice Nio, and of the renovation of the original building designed by the Rationalist architect Italo Gamberini.
The Pecci Centre initially opened in 1988, and was the first institution in Italy to have a building specially built from scratch for exhibiting, collecting, conserving, documenting and diffusing the most advanced artistic research. It is now set to become an international reference point for the experimentation of multiple contemporary art languages. The mission of the Pecci Centre will in fact be to investigate all the various disciplines of contemporary culture, including cinema, sound, performing arts, architecture, design, fashion and literature.
Over its almost 30-year history, the Pecci Centre has created and promoted over 260 exhibitions, with a programme that has always been strongly orientated towards innovation and experimentation.
The complex will host the CID/Visual Arts archive and specialised library, with its heritage of 50,000 or so books; the open-air theatre; the auditorium; the bookshop; a café/bistro; and a multi-purpose children’s area.
- Interior of new wing of the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato. Photo: Ivan D'Alì.