Pignano Art Gallery: avant-garde sustainability
The Pignano Art Gallery, between Volterra and San Gimignano, is located in an old village from the High Middle Ages where Michael Moritz opened a country house, farm, agricultural estate and small spa in 2004. Now the owner of properties for some 3 million dollars, in the 1980s Moritz reported from the Silicon Valley for “Time” magazine, became a venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital and started investing in multi-million-dollar companies such as Linkedin, Google, Apple, Yahoo! and Dropbox.
In 2016, the Vitalità Cultural Association opened an exhibition space for contemporary art in a rural building of the British millionaire’s estate, to “develop” – in chairwoman Olga Niescier’s words – “original artistic projects in the name of sustainability, innovation and avant-garde art, while respecting history and tradition.”