Palazzi dell'Arte Rimini

New Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rimini

A prestigious exhibition space is housed in the old medieval buildings in Rimini historic center, the thirteenth-century Palazzo dell'Arengo and the fourteenth-century Palazzo del Podestà, which together with Palazzo Garampi, the Galli Theater and the Pescheria overlook Piazza Cavour, the heart of the city. Within this evocative context, affected by a redevelopment intervention, is housed the San Patrignano Foundation Collection, a collection of works donated by successfull contemporary artists of the Italian and international scene. The project is not only a museum of contemporary art, but connects culture, society, territory and people.
It is a substantial art collection, with works by Mario Airò, Vanessa Beecroft, Domenico Bianchi, Alessandro Busci, Maurizio Cannavacciuolo, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola De Maria, Flavio Favelli, Giuseppe Gallo, Alberto Garutti, Shilpa Gupta, Emilio Isgrò, Agnes Martin, Igor Mitoraj, Mimmo Paladino, Pei-Ming, Tullio Pericoli, Diego Perrone, Luca Pignatelli, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Julian Schnabel, Ettore Spalletti, Velasco Vitali, Silvio Wolf, Jean Paul Riopelle, Pietro Ruffo, Mario Schifano, Elisa Sighicelli, Francesco Vezzoli, Xiaongang Zhang and many others.
The museum also features a site-specific work of art by the artist David Tremlett, created with the help of members of the San Patrignano rehabilitation community.

In addition to the permanent collection, there is also a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions, which aims to be a reference point for contemporary artists, both Italian and international.

The importance of the place which houses the new museum, together with the artistic value of the works, suggested the idea of putting the contemporary in dialogue with the ancient, essential ground of study and creative inspiration. Hence the decision to reserve the place of honor in the exhibition for an extraordinary work, the fresco of the Last Judgment created by the painters of the Fourteenth-Century Rimini Schoolunder the guidance of its most important exponent: Giovanni da Rimini.
The tympanum of the Last Judgment by Giovanni da Rimini will remain for 18 months in the Arengo hall of the Municipality of Rimini, with the aim of giving a new prominence to that bright period in the history of art that is the fourteenth century in Rimini.

The buildings were restored and made fit for purpose by Luca Cipelletti’s AR.CH.IT Studio. Architect and lighting designer Alberto Pasetti Bombardella helped light the collection and surrounding space.

Palazzi dell’Arte di Rimini (Rimini Art Buildings) was officially opened onThursday 24 September 2020 with a special opening weekend.

On the rear of the two medieval buildings there is the Sculpture Garden which fades into the museum's exterior. This garden, set up on a project by Luca Cipelletti, creates a path to be experienced both as a museum space and as an Italian garden where you can stop and relax. As for the entire museum, the works are donated by artists, collectors, gallery owners or benefactors with the obligation to have them on show for 5 years. Today the garden exhibits works by Chen Zhen, Piotr Uklanski, Kiki Smith, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giuseppe Penone, Paul Kneale and Alberto Garutti, and it can be admired both as an additional part of the museum or just for a walk in the green (free admission).


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From 1 July 2023 the Palazzi dell'arte in Rimini is temporarily closed for architectural redevelopment works (approximately 10/12 months).
However, during the summer the Sculpture Garden will be open with free admission every Wednesday and Friday in July and August from 9 to 11 pm (on 28 July, 4 and 11 August from 9 to midnight).