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  • Dalla caverna alla luna
    From the Cavern to the Moon
    A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci Centre
    Prato - Exhibitions, from 08/04/17 to 28/01/18
  • Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
    From the Cavern to the Moon
    A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci Centre
    Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, from 08/04/17 to 28/01/18

From the Cavern to the Moon A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci Centre



Two paths into the exhibition between the large wing of the new museum building  and half of the old edifice, divided in eight sections dialogically linked to spectacular substantiations through unreleased reports and original comparisons among the works which, time after time, include or avoid philological combinations of artistic genres, stylistic groups or historical chronologies, illustrate the first part of the contemporary art heritage collected by Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci during the last three decades and finally it will be presented to the audience. This is the first exhibition proposed by the renovated Pecci Centre based on a collection which reflects the long-term operations and effective opportunities for the acquisition of seven managements and different curators who have successively lead the Tuscan museum since 1988 up until the present-day. This is a glimpse on what has been produced and left from large and small exhibitions of the past and in addition it introduces some works that have never been exhibited before or that were recently acquired by the Pecci Centre.


Works by sixty Italian and international artists represent in this occasion a non-exhaustive but particularly significant summary of the art of the last half century, conceived and curated by Stefano Pezzato in collaboration with Umberto Borella for the exhibition design and  the artistic area of the Pecci Centre which during the last ten years has provided to organize, preserve and promote  the collection, presenting different parts of it.

This new exhibition presents an itinerary through artistic forms that occupy and become part of the environment; an experience which seems a true immersion among works of art that develop and repeat over time in the form of videos, actions and performances. It is an invitation to partake in a direct experience and evolve like the heritage of the contemporary art museum of Prato and Tuscany. The public will have the opportunity to enter the collection to be stimulated by the encounter  with the works or to let the proposed combinations engage them on an art tour full of suggestions and revelations. The exhibition develops between the ancestral time evoked by the legendary Caverna dell’antimateria by Pinot Gallizio and the cosmic space of Luna by Fabio Mauri, passing through the energy proliferation that emerges in La spirale appare by Mario Merz, the feasible habitat of Supersuperficie imagined by Superstudio, the integration between art and architecture experimented in Intercamera plastic by Paolo Scheggi. 


Works by

Vito Acconci, Vahram Aghasyan, Archizoom Associati, Marco Bagnoli, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Paolo Canevari, Loris Cecchini, Marcos Chaves, Giuseppe Chiari, Fabrizio Corneli, Enzo Cucchi, Gino De Dominicis, Ulan Djaparov, VALIE EXPORT, Jan Fabre, Factory of Found Clothes, Sylvie Fleury, Michael Fliri, Lucio Fontana, Pinot Gallizio, Rainer Ganahl, Marco Gastini, Nan Goldin, Franco Grignani, Pietro Grossi, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ilya Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Dani Karavan, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Ketty La Rocca, Sol LeWitt, Francesco Lo Savio, Amedeo Martegani, Fabio Mauri, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Maria Mulas, Ugo Mulas, Bruno Munari, Marco Neri, Lamberto Pignotti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Chris Sacker, Remo Salvadori, Paolo Scheggi, Julian Schnabel, Keith Sonnier, Esther Stocker, Superstudio, David Tremlett, UFO, JCJ Vanderheyden, Luigi Veronesi, Massimo Vitali, Andy Warhol, Erwin Wurm, Gilberto Zorio.


locker room
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  • The site reopens to visitors on May 8 for the DL 52 of April 22, 2021
    Reservation required on line on Saturday and on Sunday.

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Cover image

Fabio Mauri, Luna, 1968. Teatro delle mostre, Galleria La Tartaruga, Roma

Foto: Giuliani. Courtesy the Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth



From the Cavern to the Moon
A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci Centre



Ticket Office

Admission ticket
  • - Full € 10
  • - Reduced € 7
Other Reduced
  • Under 26, over 65, organised groups (min. 12 people) with reservation, students, members of UniCoop Firenze, FAI and Chianti Mutua, Touring Club members, Edumudei card owners, Trenitalia subscribers (Toscana Regional annual, monthly, weekly), Trenitalia travellers (upon presentation of a regional one-way ticket), CAP travellers (upon presentation of a one-way ticket)


    50% reduction € 5,00 for University teachers or students of art or architecture and teachers or students of Fine Art Academies


    Multiple (named ticket) € 20 allows more than one admission to the museum in the period of the same exhibition.

Other Reduced Event ticket
  • FREE
    • Under 6
    • Members of Pecci Centre (+ 10% discount bistro and bookshop)
    • Friends of the Pecci Museum
    • Pratomusei card owners
    • Members of participating museums (Castello di Rivoli - Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e contemporanea di Bergamo, MART - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Trento and Rovereto, Peggy Guggenheim Collection). Members of participating museums are entitled to a 10% discount on the publications by the Pecci Centre
    • disabled visitors + carer
    • Journalists
    • ICOM members (+ 10% discount catalogue and merchandising)
    • Tourist guides during the exercise of their profession
    • For reasons of study and research, as certified by school or university institutions, academies, italian and foreign research and culture institutes; bodies connected to the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities; subjects making special applications for specified periods.
  • Booking is recommended

  • Booking is recommended