San Gimignano

Arte all'Arte 9

Associazione Arte Continua

One of the best contemporary art galleries in Italy is in a most unlikely place, the Tuscan town of San Gimignano. Easily missed on a main thoroughfare teeming with tourists, Galleria Continua might seem emblematic of a country too steeped in its impressive past to cultivate an internationally relevant contemporary art scene. But for the past decade the Associazione Arte Continua has turned the issue on its head by commissioning important international and Italian artists to create installations that recycle, enliven, and interact with historic sites in six Tuscan towns. Some of the artworks from each annual Arte all’Arte—including this year’s “La forma delle nuvole: arte architettura paesaggio” (“The Shape of the Clouds: Art Architecture Landscape”)—remain as part of an ever-growing itinerary of contemporary art interrelating with the region’s historic architecture, landscape, and

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