Prato

“Europa Oggi”

Centro Pecci, Prato

Most visitors to Prato, a largely industrial town approximately 11 miles from Florence, don’t come for art, although there are classical works here that would be worth the trip. But now Prato, which is one of the richest cities in Italy, wants to polish its image—which has always been overshadowed by Florence in matters of art—with the opening of the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art. The initiative for this museum came from one of the leading industrialists of the city, Enrico Pecci, who died several months before the opening; he dedicated the building and its surroundings to his deceased son, Luigi. Although Pecci was not himself a collector, he wanted to contribute to the fundamental esthetic education of the people of Prato. Thus, there arose a collaboration between Pecci and the city administration to erect and maintain this museum, a unique concept for a museum in Italy. Whereas

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