A short bus ride from the Firenze V. Fiume on a weekday to avoid the crowds, and you’ll arrive at the Centro Pecci Prato museum, a new contemporary art museum in Prato. Hard to miss, the ultra modern building juts out from its surroundings like a flying saucer landed on the medieval landscape.
Entering the exhibit you’re surrounded by a kaleidoscope of Post-apocalyptic scenes juxtaposed with avant-garde pieces from the 20th century. The End of The World was the subject, and artworks ranged from floor to ceiling installations to lesser-known Warhol prints, as if painting a dystopian history of the world.
The most interesting aspect of the exhibition was how interactive it was. Walking around the museum space, I felt as if I was part of the artwork, which I became literally, as I crawled through the meandering tree trunk tunnel. Very few of the artworks were kept behind a glass or a frame, and as my head brushed a life-sized wolf in midair, it made the exhibit all the more compelling. I loved how older artifacts were put in contrast with newer pieces to weave a narrative befitting of the theme.
The curation of the exhibit especially interested me as a student of art history. It felt surreal to suddenly be surrounded by contemporary art, and it was a nice break from the grandiose medieval artworks in Florence. For students seeking exhibitions featuring international artists, the Pecci is a good choice not only for it’s proximity to Florence, but also for featuring a broad range or artists. Museum Studies students can benefit from observing its excellent use of museum space. In addition to The End of The World, the Pecci also has a permanent collection from the 1950s to the present day, and a cinema showcasing contemporary films, a part of the museum that I really recommend those interested in film.
The end of my tour of the museum was followed by discussions of the Venus of Willendorf’s twin sister back in the exhibition, between good friends, over aperitivo in town, before busing back to Florence.
An activity best reserved for a Thursday evening, when the Museo Pecci is open until late, and the charm and good food of the town makes for a perfect location to soak up some art and get some inspiration before unwinding for the weekend.
The End of The World is on till the 19th of 2017 and you can get there by busing from Firenze S. M. Novella station or from Prato Centrale.
From Prato Centrale: LAM BLU bus every 7 min. Bus-stop “Museo Pecci”From Firenze S. M. Novella: LAM PO-FI bus every 15 min. Bus-stop “Berlinguer – Carrozzeria Le Badie”
Full Price: €10 – Reduced Price: €7
Nina Hsu has always been passionate about all things art and history. She is currently double majoring in Conservation Studies and History of Art at LdM. In her free time, you can find her running around the streets of Florence looking for her next new lunch or coffee spot.