The challenges of Giuliano Gori’s environmental art

In 1982, Tuscan collector Giuliano Gori founded Fattoria di Celle in the countryside mansion in the province of Pistoia where he had moved in the early 1970s to gather works of contemporary artists.

He opened the beautiful 17th-century villa to the public “because art, since the second half of the 20th century, stopped being the object of private collections in the classic sense. Here, we are creating a permanent collection of works that have to be discussed and debated by everyone. Collectors, first and foremost, need to understand art.”

Gori created a wonderful itinerary dedicated to “environmental art”, meaning – as he explained in an interview – “Art that is able to use space as more than a mere container. To speak of ‘environmental art’, the environment must become an integral part of art itself. It’s easy to say, but very difficult to achieve.”

Difficult and extremely interesting, we might add. Gori has admitted that working in close contact with artists is not easy: “I’ve had to be a ‘psychologist’ sometimes, because many of them stop here for a long time to create their work, and happen to go through periods of crisis, not only in creativity.”

Another challenge is maintaining the environment exactly as it was when artists created their works: “Nature is alive, regenerates, and changes around a piece. We take care of it so that it can always have the same inspiring appearance.”

Perhaps thanks to these efforts, Fattoria di Celle still has the same magnificent charm after over thirty years from when it first opened to the public.

Photos via: ©Art Tribune, ©Paolo Gori, ©Brunner Luigi, ©alfio

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Roberto Barni, "Mute Valets", 1988, bronze

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Alice Aycock, "King Salomone's Nets", 1982 stell, cement, marble

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Anne Patrick Poirier, "La morte di Efialte", 1982, marmo e bronzo

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Marco Tirelli, "Excelle", 2009, corten

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Daniel Buren, "La cabane éclatée aux 4 salles", 2004, mirror structure

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Jaume Plensa, "Twins", 1997, glass and lighting

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Richard Serra, "Open Field Vertical Elevations", 1982, stone

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Luigi Mainolfi, "For Those Who Fly", 2012

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Anselm Kiefer, "View from the Second Room of 'Cette Obscure Clarté qui tombe des étoiles'", lead, oil, lacquer and other, 2009

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Dani Karavan, "Tea Cerimony", 1999, mirrors, green tea, porcelain

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Eliseo Mattiacci, "My Idea of Cosmos", 2000, lead and aluminum

Fattoria di Celle, Villa di Celle, Collezione Gori

Emilio Vedova, "Non-place", 1985-88, oil, tempera, wood, and steel

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Marco Tirelli, 2009, view of the exhibition at Fattoria di Celle

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Alberto Burri, "Celle Great Iron", 1986, painted steel

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Robert Morris, "Labyrinth, trani, serpentine, cement", 1982

The challenges of Giuliano Gori’s environmental art

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