ENVIRONMENTAL ART, ARTISTS GARDENS AND DESIGN-LED WINERIES
WHEN ART, ARCHITECTURE, NATURE AND WINE MAKE THE PERFECT BLEND
A leading environmental art collection is perched atop a hill dominating the landscape between Florence and Pistoia. International contemporary artists Richard Long, Richard Serra and Dennis Oppenheim created installations in these evocative outdoor spaces known as a romantic parkland adjacent to an olive grove covering approximately 45 hectares.
We will launch into an internationally acclaimed winery and Tuscan-style villa in the heart of Chianti, whose extensive art project includes works by Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Chen Zhen. Here, we will be introduced to three dynasties of legendary winemakers from the heart of Tuscany whose lives have been dedicated to the pursuit of sublime wine: Antinori, Mazzei and Frescobaldi. Their new wine cellars, designed by archi-stars Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Studio Sartogo are temples to the craft, and are perfectly integrated with their surrounding landscapes.
Next, we venture into the most fascinating artist gardens in the region, capturing the interplay between nature and artistic creation. The highlight of this visit will be “Hic Terminus Haeret Park” by Daniel Spoerri, with 100 contemporary sculptures scattered throughout the 16 hectares of forest, and “Tarocchi Garden” by Niki de Saint Phalle, a unique contribution to the history of environmental art, demonstrating the deep bond between the artist and this bucolic Tuscan setting.
The Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, just outside of Florence, was funded in 1988 by the textile entrepreneur Enrico Pecci, and donated by the city in memory of his son Luigi. Its visionary structure was re-designed by Architect Maurice Nilo in 2016.
In Italy’s tobacco country, where Umbria meets Tuscany, we glimpse the world of Alberto Burri, a leading figure of the informal Italian art movement of the 20th Century. The Burri Foundation has two locations: one has been housed in an Early Renaissance building since 1988, the other is in a former tobacco factory inaugurated in 1990.
We then dive into the heart of Spoleto, the true cultural heart of the region. At Giovanni Carandente Collection in Palazzo Collicola works of great sculptors like Leoncillo Leonardi, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Fausto Melotti amongst others, reveal an intimate dialogue with the ancient soul of the city.