You might think that time seems to have stopped in the so called Manhattan of the Middle ages, but it definitely hasn’t! From the Galleria Continua to the Modern and contemporary art Gallery, not to mention the permanent installations related to the projects Affinità and, again, Arte all’Arte, San Gimignano exhibits lots of contemporary artworks.
The Galleria Continua is a gallery dedicated to contemporary art that was founded in 1990 by Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo in the rooms of a former cinema, set in the very heart of the historical centre. Since then, the Galleria has fostered the dialogue and symbiosis between “unexpected geographies”: rural and industrial, local and global, art from the past and art of today, famous and emerging artists. Speaking of names, let us mention (among others) Anish Kapoor, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Daniel Buren, Kader Attia and Leila Alaoui. Starting from May 13 2017, the Galleria Continua hosts the exhibitions “Co-Ordinate” by Antony Gormley, “In this Vesse Lies the Philosopher’s Stone” by Subodh Gupta and “Declaración Publica” by Alejandro Campins.
Secondly, the Modern and contemporary art Gallery “Raffaele De Grada” vaunts numerous paintings by De Grada himself, who chose San Gimignano as his home, and works by twentieth-century painters such as Niccolò Cannicci, Renato Guttuso, Sergio Vacchi and Ugo Nespolo.
While strolling through the streets of San Gimignano, make sure you spot the many permanent installations scattered around. Here you’ll find an interactive map to arrive well prepared.
As promised, our contemporary art tour of San Gimignano ends with a visit to the Yellow Girl, the third sculpture of a girl by Kiki Smith, which you’ll encounter within the premises of the Parco della Rocca. Are you wondering why the sculptures have been named Blue, Red and Yellow Girl? Well, they differ from each other only in the colour of the dress, now you know!