When parking by the ancient walls of San Gimignano, be sure to visit the most unexpected art space in a medieval Tuscan town… A contemporary art gallery. Right in the heart of the city you will see a humble sign that leads you to a great gallery with a relaxing courtyard.
Galleria Continua opened in 1990 and since has thrived in an entirely unexpected location, away from big cities and urban centres, in the magnificent San Gimignano, where time stands still. This choice of location provided food for curatorial thought and visiting Galleria Continua you will find exhibits that deal with a juxtaposition of rural and industrial, local and global, art of the past and ultramodern art of today.
The gallery is situated in an area seemingly untouched by civilization but the spirit and history of San Gimignano allows for exciting and challenging contemporary exhibitions free from restrictions that other art institutions face.
Simultaneously with the Gallery, its founders opened Associazione Arte Continua that focuses on the promotion of new dialogue culture, social life and environmental protection. Arte Continua expanded the Gallery’s idea to Beijing, Les Moulins (Parisian countryside) and Habana creating a strong identity and its own environment everywhere it goes.
In the summer of 2017 Galleria Continua presents “Co-ordinate”, a new solo show by Antony Gormley and Arte Continua, in collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia presents “One and One makes Tree” by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Key figures of contemporary art in a hidden gem that is Galleria Continua.
Tip: Make sure to visit the courtyard with a beautiful view on the valley.
Fact: San Gimignano and Habana Gallery is situated in an old cinema-theatre, while Beijing and Les Moulins – in old industrial factory zones.