Places in Prato:

L. Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

Ivan D'Alì

The regional centre for contemporary arts

The Centre is the first Italian institution built specifically to present, collect, document and promote the most advanced artistic research. Founded in 1988, the Pecci Centre is an international point of reference for experimentation with the different contemporary artistic languages. Its objective is to investigate all the cultural disciplines of our time. In addition to exhibitions by world-renowned artists and a collection of over 1000 works, the Centre activities also include cinema, music, performing arts, architecture, design, fashion and literature, while trying at the same time to bring art as close to society as possible. The Pecci Centre aims therefore to have a dynamic relationship with its public. It has become a particularly active place after extending its opening hours to the evening, with performances, concerts and screenings. The Centre also holds conferences and courses for adults, and offers a wide educational programme - including workshops and guided visits for all ages, from pre-school to secondary school - that explores contemporary topics and questions through the language of art.

The Centre opened on 16 October 2016, on completion of the extension by the architect Maurice Nio and the renovation of the original building to a design by Italo Gamberini. The Pecci Centre covers an area of almost 10,000 sqm and in addition to the exhibition areas it contains an archive and a specialized library with over 50,000 volumes, an open-air theatre with 1,000 seats, a cinema-auditorium with 140 seats, a performance area with 400 seats, a bookshop, a pub-bistro and a restaurant, as well as workshops and several meeting rooms.

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