The history of San Giovanni Valdarno’s civic collection dates back to the late 1950s and the Masaccio Prize for painting which, in reflecting the town’s interest in contemporary art, became a meeting place for high-profile personalities and experiences.
Six further editions of the prize were held until 1968 when the prize, being aimed at younger artists came to an end, revealing the limits of traditional media — painting and sculpture — compared to a highly sophisticated level of experimentation.
In the 1970s the works of art that had been acquired through the competition and held temporarily in the town’s art gallery (Pinacoteca Comunale), were to be housed in the building recently identified as the childhood home of Masaccio.
The Comune decided to use Casa Masaccio for exhibitions, and since its inauguration in 1978 its reputation has grown at international level driven by its collaborations with foreign artists and museums, as well as its focus on home-grown art and the creativity of new generations. Recently, works of art that have been donated to the Comune as a result of its long-standing exhibition activities and previous acquisitions via the Masaccio Prize have found a permanent home in Casa Giovanni Mannozzi, while new exhibition spaces complement Casa Masaccio for temporary events.
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Casa Giovanni Mannozzi: exhibition space for local collections of contemporary art, teaching rooms, residential studios for artists. Corso Italia 105, 52027 San Giovanni Valdarno
Palazzo Salviati, Casa Masaccio AIR: residential accommodation for artists, apartments, artists’ studios, common areas. Piazza Masaccio 5, 52027 San Giovanni Valdarno
Stazione Ceramica PopUp Museo Casa Masaccio: exhibition spaces, cinema, exhibitions, installations, performance art, workshops. Via Mannozzi snc, 52027 San Giovanni Valdarno