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The Versilia Riviera – Tuscany Coast – Art

For art lovers, there is no shortage of cultural attractions on the Versilia Riviera, where The Leading Hotels of the World Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte is located.

The Viareggio Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery – “GAMC” – is housed in the historic Palazzo delle Muse. The collection currently comprises over 3,000 works of twentieth century art by 750 artists, including a significant number of local artists and those with ties with the area and works depicting local landscapes. The GAMC houses the largest public collection of works by Lorenzo Viani, the primary exponent of European Expressionism.

In Pietrasanta:

The streets, squares, churches and places of art of Pietrasanta welcome the works in the exhibition “Sandro Gorra. L’arte dell’attimo – The Art of the Moment” from 05 March to 05 June 2022. The town plays host to forty-two works, including paintings, illustrations and large sculptures, by the Milanese artist Sandro Gorra, one of the best-known creative minds in the world of advertising and extraction art and author of many famous slogans.

The exhibition itinerary includes key sites in the old town of Pietrasanta from Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Carducci and the church and rooms of the cloister of Sant’Agostino to the Laura Tartarelli Contemporary Art Gallery in via del Marzocco.

The exhibition also extends towards the sea, close to the pier in Marina di Pietrasanta, with “Pardalis”, a site – specific work placed near the fountain in Piazza Leonetto Amadei, made of one cubic metre of stainless and corten steel.

Wandering around Pietrasanta, it will be easy to come across the iconic “naked” giraffes, whose escaping markings are a distinctive feature of Gorra’s poetics, and the alluring, monumental, five metre high and three hundred kilo resin sculpture “il segno – the sign”, which stands in the parvis of Sant’Agostino.

Piazza Duomo is the setting for the brand new “Grande Max” giraffe sculpture, in locally quarried Bianco Altissimo marble, of an adult intent on covering its offspring with markings.

All the works on display create a story and a view of humanity as it looks in the mirror.

Pietrasanta is also home to an exhibition space of over 700 square meters in an industrial building, where the largest private art gallery and the private collection of the Sandretto family are housed. Visits are by appointment only.

In Lucca: 

Olio su tavola, a contemporary art gallery and restaurant, is a unique venue in Lucca and is located in the heart of the wonderful old town, between the Cathedral of San Martino and Piazza Napoleone. The five rooms host works and installations ranging from the second half of the twentieth century to the present, as well as periodic temporary exhibitions. The venue also boasts a delightful garden, where live music sessions are held during the summer. In the evening, special lighting creates a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Olio su tavola, with its exclusive and original setting and gastronomy of the highest quality, is the ideal venue for parties and events.

 

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photo by Lorenzo Michàjlovic Kologrivov Bianchini

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