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Textiles, art, and… a special weekend in Prato

from Gaia Gualtieri - 10/10/2016

Gaia Gualtieri

Textiles are the slogan of Prato. But the city hosts many artistic gems that you really must visit

Today we are once again going to talk about our city, which on one hand is off the beaten path, away from the masses of tourists, overshadowed by Florence with its Renaissance fame,

but on the other hand has been able to find its own place in the hearts of many textile and textile-art enthusiasts, both professionals and amateurs alike. Indeed, for centuries Prato has been producing and making a living from textiles. Today, in spite of the recession, there are still thousands of textile companies  in the area, and it has become more and more common for people to come visit the city for a sort of “thematic tourism”.

Textiles are the slogan of Prato

Must see in Prato

Here at DHG, we are happy to promote this type of tourism. And it is our pleasure to host friends and clients as guests every year, and to show them the many sides of our beloved city. A city in which Renaissance and contemporary art and Medieval walls go hand in hand with 20th-century smokestacks, industry and craftsmanship.

Textiles are the slogan of Prato

The Cathedral, home to frescoes by Filippo Lippi and a pulpit by Donatello and Michelangelo. The thirteenth-century Emperor’s Castle and the Palazzo Pretorio which is home to the Civic Museum, live in perfect harmony with the more contemporary artwork, including masterpieces by Henry Moore and Fabrizio Corneli. Colorful graffiti, and futuristic buildings like the Centro Pecci. A nice mixture that we think you should not miss, especially this week.

.Textiles are the slogan of Prato

Textiles: a week of art - and much more - in Prato

Indeed, this is going to be a special week, packed with amazing events. The most important of all is definitely going to be the re-opening of the Pecci Contemporary Art Museum.
The Pecci Museum was the first Museum in Italy built expressly to show, collect, document and promote the most advanced artistic research. Since its opening, in 1988, the Museum has offered a vast number of exhibitions, carried out activities for the documentation of contemporary art, promoted several educational programs, and hosted shows and multimedia events. Its collection has grown to over a thousand works, mapping the artistic trends from the 1960s to the present day. Painting, sculpture, cinema and video, installations, artworks on paper, art books, photographs, graphic art, and commissioned projects. Today, the complex, in addition to about 4000 square meters of exhibition spaces, hosts the archive and the CID/Visual Arts Specialized library, with a heritage of about 60,000 books.  The opening ceremony will be Sunday at 4 p.m., with an exhibition that has an explicative and controversial title: “The End of the World”.

Textiles are the slogan of Prato

In addition to this grand event, many other events will be held around the city. We would like to recommend our favorites, starting with Marjolein Dallinga’s solo exhibition, "The Garden of Delight", opening October 15th, at 5:00 at the Museo del Tessuto, an event that we are honored to sponsor.  

Textiles are the slogan of Prato

The same day, you also shouldn’t miss the inauguration of Lottozero Textile Laboratories, a new creative hub for textiles, which promises to bring great talents to the city. The late-night opening event will be absolutely unique.

Textiles are the slogan of Prato

And also...

Thursday the 13th,  the inauguration of the the exhibition "Cemento" by Franco Menicagli at Spazio MOO.

Friday the 14th at 6, the exhibition by Paolo Parisi with Unité d'Habitation at the LATO art gallery.

Last, but not least, the STUDI exhibition by the SC17 and Villa Romana collectives, at the Corte in Via Genova. It was inaugurated on October 6th and will be open until October 17th.

Are you still undecided? We are waiting for you!

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