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PART in Rimini : where gifts constitute a Museum of contemporary art (Emilia-Romagna Photo Valley: episode ONE)

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Art and social commitment, tradition and contemporary, public and private partnership. These are the elements that provide the uniqueness of the PART – Palazzi dell’Arte Rimini, the new museum that joins in a single project the redevelopment for cultural purposes of two medieval buildings in the very heart of the city and the permanent placement of the collection of contemporary artworks donated to the San Patrignano Foundation by collectors, gallery owners and artists (including Damien Hirst, Emilio Isgrò, Julian Schnabel, to name a few). The contemporary art collection at PART is the constantly growing major Italian endowment initiative and it is intended for the future of the Comunità di San Patrignano, that since 1978 has been committing to “provide a second opportunity to people who stumbled” into the labyrinth of life and are fighting to douse addictions. A second life (the umpteenth over the centuries, we would say) is offered to the imposing 13th century Palazzo dell’Arengo and the 14th century Palazzo del Podestà as well. Indeed, as Mayor of Rimini Andrea Gnassi pointed out, “PART is the space of...

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