Centro Pecci, 2023

The Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci presents 'Eccentrica', an exhibition displaying over 50 works from artists including Fontana, Boetti, Warhol, Richter, Kounellis, Bonvicini, Schnabel, and Fumai. Curated by director Stefano Collicelli Cagol, this exhibition marks the first time the museum's permanent collection is on display since its establishment in 1988. Formafantasma developed the exhibition design for ‘Eccentrica’.
№ – Il Centro in una stanza
№ – Futuro Radicale
The Centro Pecci is situated in the city of Prato, in shear proximity to Florence, Italy.
The city began to specialize in textiles in the 12th century when garment manufacturing was regulated by the 'Arte della Lana' wool merchants guild. The exhibition design departs from the city’s textile legacy: the artworks are rhythmed by textile partitions that reconfigure the space into four sections. The partitions are made from regenerative wool, meticulously cut and stitched by local fabric manufacturer Manteco.
№ – Il taglio è una macchina del tempo - Gerhard Richter
№ – Italia Novanta
The use of textile inscribes the collection in the long history of Prato as a transnational center for the production and manufacturing of textiles for the fashion and furniture industry especially in woolen yarns and fabrics. Formafantasma explores wool here as a museological tool, inscribing the artworks in a quasi-domestic setting, deviating from the conventional white cube environment associated with modern and contemporary art. The exhibition design attempts to challenge some of the tropes of the 'white cube' by suspending large-scale artwork on the ceiling, and putting archival documents in dialogue with artworks. The partitions serve multiple purposes, including providing individual focus on some artworks, facilitating the dialogue between pieces, hosting a drywall, dividing sections, and creating layered interpretations. The sequence formed by the partitions slowly reveal the architecture and artworks to the visitors.
№ – Il Centro in una stanza
№ – Il taglio è una macchina del tempo - Lucio Fontana
The exhibition design aims to also respond to the peculiarity and complexity of the curved space: The gradual asymptotic nature of the curve determines the placement of the artworks, with larger pieces positioned at the beginning, allowing smaller works to unfold later along the visitor's path.

The artworks are predominantly hung on industrial aluminum pole extrusions, echoing the unfinished ceiling of the space. The pole system allows for a level of flexibility and adaptability, enabling future rearrangement of the eclectic collection, formed by a myriad of paintings, photographs, archival material, video projections, and sculptural works.
№ – Il taglio è una macchina del tempo - Giulia Cenci, Mirella Bentivoglio
№ – Il Centro in una stanza - Francesco Torrini
On the left side of the space, a folded stainless steel shelf punctures the wall. This evolving, still 'in progress' shelf is the product of ongoing discussion with the museum’s educational program and the city’s council. The 'shelf of collective readings’ serves as a platform for captions, tactile devices, and other similar elements, in the hope of amplifying the experience of the artworks to the widest possible audience.
№ – Italia Novanta - Francesco Lo Savio
№ – Italia Novanta
The left wall also hosts windows that have been upholstered with the same woolen textile. These windows serve a dual purpose: hosting artworks in two instances while providing seating spaces for visitors in the other two. This arrangement invites visitors to pause and immerse themselves in the interplay between the cityscape outside and the artworks within. 

The lighting of the space was entrusted of FLOS.
№ – Il taglio è una macchina del tempo - Andy Warhol
№ – Italia Novanta

Notes, References and External Links

  •  Il Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, directed by Stefano Collicelli Cagol is located in Prato, Italy. It is the first Italian institution created from the outset with the aim of presenting collecting, documenting and supporting research in the visual arts, cinema, music, performing arts, architecture, design, fashion and literature. Since the opening of the facility in 1988, the Pecci Center have produced and hosted over 250 exhibitions and projects, organizing special events and educational initiatives for students and adults. 
  • Manteco is a family driven textile company founded 1941 in Prato, Italy. Specialized in wool fabric and production of high-quality fabrics. 

  • Stefano Collicelli Cagol is the director of the Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy. He is trained as an exhibition historian, he earned a doctorate in the Curating Contemporary Art Department of the Royal College of Art in London in 2014. From 2015 to 2017 he was curator of Trondheim kunstmuseum, Norway, and then became curator of La Quadriennale di Roma from 2018 to 2020 and co-curator of the Quadriennale d'arte 2020 FUORI exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He has taught the Master of Level II 'Design for Arts' at Politecnico di Torino and published several essays.

  • FLOS, established in 1962 in Merano, Italy, is recognised as a world leading manufacturer of innovative lighting solutions.


CONCEPT, DESIGN Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin
ARTISTIC DIRECTION Stefano Collicelli Cagol
PHOTO CREDITS Marco Cappelletti
SPECIAL THANKS Flos and Manteco


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