Last Updated on May 7, 2024

Monteverdi Tuscany, the medieval-era boutique hotel set within 22 acres of the Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, announced the opening of its new contemporary art gallery, designed by renowned international architects Foster + Partners. The inaugural exhibition, entitled “Wash the Sins, Not Only the Face” after a sculpture by Patrizio di Massimo, will offer an in-depth exploration of the property’s art collection amassed over the course of ten years, including pieces by award-winning artists whose creations are directly influenced by the rich tapestry of Castiglioncello Di Trinoro.

“Our new gallery space reflects Monteverdi’s founding proposition – that art and beauty are transformational, and that engaging with art enhances the human spirit and educates us on how to better handle the tribulations and trivialities of life,” Monteverdi Tuscany Founder Michael Cioffi said. “We invite guests to celebrate this new place of inspiration and explore Tuscany’s influence on contemporary arts and culture through the lens of Castiglioncello del Trinoro.” 

The new art gallery’s opening exhibition features works by prominent contemporary visual artists from around the world such as Monster Chetwynd, Emily Mae Smith, Billy Sullivan, Linder Sterling, Klaus Weber, Patrizio di Massimo, amongst others. Predominantly, the collection highlights artists who have either created works during residencies or have affiliations with Monteverdi’s Artist-in-Residence program, an initiative that brings international talents to Castiglioncello del Trinoro, offering dedicated time for contemplation, research, creation, and exhibition. Notable past residents include Jeremy O. Harris, Matt Connors, Jeremy Deller & Tash Amini, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, and Laure Prouvost, France’s representative at the 2019 Biennale di Venezia and recipient of the 2013 Turner Prize. 

“We are excited to expand our footprint in the contemporary art world through our new gallery space, which offers new opportunities for guests and artists alike to see works by leading international artists in this special location,” Monteverdi Art Curator Sarah McCrory said. “Over the last ten years, invited artists have experienced major shifts in their thinking and practices as a result of being based at Monteverdi. We’re excited to be able to share this work with visitors in the new gallery.” 

Designed by renowned international architecture practice Foster + Partners, the state-of-the-art gallery occupies meticulously restored medieval-era structures, featuring a blend of reclaimed and custom-designed materials that preserve its historic character. Original elements like arches, timbers, and brick ceilings are highlighted in the design. 

“We have upgraded the building to the state-of-the-art standards of a world-class museum while respecting its heritage and history,” Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners., said “Our approach was to preserve and retain as much of the existing historic fabric through an extremely light touch intervention that allows the artworks to be the natural focus of the project within the historic and natural context of the Tuscan countryside.”

Spanning multiple rooms, including a library and vaulted exhibition space, each area is thoughtfully tailored to showcase artworks, rotating exhibitions, and host events. Nestled amidst the picturesque Val d’Orcia, the gallery offers breathtaking views of Monte Cetona, seamlessly blending with its scenic surroundings and creating an exquisite backdrop to experience contemporary works and artistry across time. 

“The project in its simplest terms is a respectful intervention and preservation of the local heritage, conversion of a residential rural historic building into a contemporary art gallery,” Annamaria Anderloni, Partner, Foster + Partners, said. “Sustainability has been at the heart of our process – preserving and enhancing the original walls and ceilings and reclaiming the timber floors – to create a bespoke design that is in harmony with its historic surroundings.

The Monteverdi Art Gallery is open to hotel guests and the public daily from 11:00am – 8:00pm. In addition to daily tours and viewings, the exhibition will host a month-long talk series beginning May 11, 2024 showcasing esteemed artists and curators, including featured artists Monster Chetwynd and Patrizio di Massimo, and writer and curator Jennifer Higgie.

About Monteverdi Tuscany

Monteverdi Tuscany is a luxury boutique property located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. Founded in 2012 by Michael L. Cioffi, Monteverdi was created to be a gathering place for curious, creative people to connect and be inspired by their surroundings.

In 2023, Monteverdi unveiled new rooms and suites, a meeting and retreat center, and a new Spa & Wellness Center, evolving its wellness program with tailored services such as preventative and aesthetic treatments, regenerative treatments, IV therapy, cryotherapy, and more.

Additional amenities include Oreade, a Culinary Academy, an art gallery, and a beautifully restored 700-year-old Romanesque church that serves as Monteverdi’s performing arts venue.

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