Prato’s Pecci Center, where contemporary art can speak to anyone
Most people believe that contemporary art is only meant for a lucky few initiated. The staff of the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato would disagree, and indeed all work against this common yet superficial idea.
Almost 30 years of intense cultural activity since the Center’s foundation in 1988 prove their point: their numerous educational shows and multimedia events have touched and continue to touch upon cinema, video art, photography, sculpture, painting, installations, paper art, design, fine art books, graphics and much more… all contributing to the crucial mission of the Pecci Center: allowing contemporary art to communicate with the broadest possible audience.
This year, the Pecci Center opened a new site after hiring Dutch studio Maurice Nio/NIO architecten to expand its original location, which had been designed by Italo Gamberini in the 1980s. The 4,000-square-meter structure now includes exhibition halls, a 60,000-book library, an auditorium, an open-air theater, a bistro and a restaurant… where contemporary art can speak to anyone.