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Pecci Center Commission 2023:

Adelaide Cioni

From 10 November to 30 April 2024

Pecci Centre

Pecci Centre

Viale della Repubblica, 277, Prato

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Pecci Commission Center is a new project specifically designed for the largest and most capacious room of the Nio Wing, inaugurated in 2016. The idea of commissioning a work from an artist for this space arises from the desire to allow greater flexibility in its use, from a simple exhibition space to a participatory and welcoming space. The project aims to offer an immersive aesthetic experience to those who visit the room or use it by taking part in meetings, debates or live events such as performances or concerts. The proposal also constitutes an important opportunity to enrich the collections of the Pecci Center with a series of works that can be rearranged over time depending also on the use of the spaces. Centro Pecci Commission therefore constitutes a further commitment of the institution to welcoming and opening up to dialogue and to the need for participation of citizens and local businesses in the life of the institution, recognized as a precious meeting place.


For the first edition of Centro Pecci Commission, the director Stefano Collicelli Cagol invited the artist Adelaide Cioni (Bologna, 1976, lives and works in Spoleto). His work confronts the tradition of drawing, painting and performance starting from the use of fabrics. For the occasion, Cioni created the work Il mondo, 2023 thanks to the support of the textile company Bellandi Spa, technical sponsor of the initiative. The world covers the perimeter walls of the room and is inspired by abstract and natural elements. Three large white canvases hang on the highest walls, and to each of them are sewn series of crosses, circles and triangles, ancestral signs made with colored woolen cloths. Present since ancient times in the decorations of populations in different parts of the world, these symbols underline Cioni's research across eras and geographies. The lower walls of the room host smaller canvases, with white backgrounds invaded by motifs taken from the repertoire of natural shapes used by the artist, such as leaves, sea waves, parts of the body. In the carnival lit by the incandescent and luminous colors of regenerated wool, the world thus takes substance, ideally embracing those who immerse themselves in it upon entering the room.

For the Pecci Center, Adelaide Cioni also created the work La grande mano, 2023 , which will welcome visitors at the entrance to the Pecci Center, thanks to the support of Bellandi Spa. Cioni chose the iconography of the tapered fingers of a hand to underline the key role that manual skills continue to have today. In everyday life, at work, in sacred ceremonies, in play and in eroticism, the hand is the part of the body responsible for establishing connections with what is other than us. Cioni celebrates the power of the hand in a large canvas, underlining its fundamental role in artisanal, industrial and artistic production, but also in the digital activities that we carry out every day, with our fingers. In the context of the Pecci Center, the hand anticipates one of the themes present in various works exhibited in Eccentrica. The collections of the Pecci Center. It also recalls the manufacturing tradition of the city of Prato and Tuscany, while connecting to the present, digitalized and hyper-connected world. The work renews the Pecci Center's commitment to supporting, through its educational and training activities, the importance of manual, manufacturing and artistic work, a fundamental element for the development of the Tuscan community.

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