Palazzo Butera - Open Building Site

Palazzo Butera, acquired by art collectors Francesca Frua De Angeli and Massimo Valsecchi in 2016 and one of the Manifesta 12 venues in 2018, is opening its doors to visitors, with guided tours of its spaces, looking forward to the completion of restauration works.

The palace is to be an open laboratory, drawing together history, arts and culture in an interdisciplinary exercise aimed at finding solutions for social development. Open to the city of Palermo and the world beyond, the ground floor will offer a non-circulating reference library and many galleries for temporary exhibitions from both home and abroad. The first floor will contain an area for conferences, special events, and meetings. This area incorporates the Palace's 18th century library and a second frescoed room available to both academic and commercial interests. The second floor will accomodate a museum, displaying the Francesca & Massimo Valsecchi art collection. Other international museums will also be invited to display their collections in this part of the palace. Finally, artists, curators and other cultural stakeholders, will find comfortable and contemporary accommodation available in the guesthouse, allowing them access both to events at Palazzo Butera, and to connect with other cultural and academic institutions in the City of Palermo.

In 2019, Palazzo Butera will welcome the Francesca & Massimo Valsecchi art collection, currently on long-term loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK). Their gathering of artworks has taken some 50 years, and in a recent article published by the prestigious international art review, 'Apollo', Susan Moore writes that the collection is “the least known private holding of great art in London” (Apollo Magazine, June 2016).

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