Città di Castello

Burri Collection at the Former Tobacco Dryers

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The complex of the Former Tobacco Dryers, launched in 1990, completes the Collection of Albizzini Palace with cycles carried out by Alberto Burri among 1979 and 1993. 

The facilities of the Tobacco Autonomous Farm, built among the end of 1950s and the middle of 1960s for drying tropical tobacco produced in the area of Città di Castello, were dismantled in the 1970s and in 1978 the artist from Gubbio obtained to use them as laboratory to carry out large-format artworks.

In 1979 the hangar was opened for the presentation, to critics and to the audience, of the first wide painting cycle named "The journey". The acquisition of the whole complex by the Albizzini Palace Foundation, made possible in 1989, initiated the general project of restoration and adaptation of the museum.

The exhibition space, launched in the July 1990, hosts 128 artworks including painting cycles and monumental sculptures, also placed outside on the lawn.

The "cycles" are a collection of artworks forming an inseparable unit: The journey (1979), Orsanmichele (1980), Sextant (1982), Red and Black (1983-1984), T Cellotex (1975-1984), Annottarsi (1985-1987), He doesn't love black (1988), Big blacks (1988-1990), Metamorfotex (1991) e The Black and Gold (1992-1993).

The external spaces are characterised by some monumental sculptures: Big Sextant Iron, Big K Iron and U Iron.

In the March 2017, on the occasion of Alberto Burri's birth anniversary, the Albizzini Palace Foundation launched a new section of the museum, so bringing to conclusion the "long" year of the Centenary.

The third Museum occupies a space of over 4000 square metres, all obtained thanks to a recent re-qualifying project that concerned part of the underlying spaces in wide environments hosting, according to the original installation prepared by the same Burri, his Big Artworks' Cycles.

An exhibition area reaching the 11.500 square metres, with the three different collections, also including some open-air sculptures, make the "Burri pole" of Città di Castello the world largest Artistic Museum and one of the most important European places of the contemporary art.

The section includes the whole repertoire of the Master's graphic works and multiples, consisting of over 200 artworks underlining his extraordinary manual skills and attitude to the constant experimentation. 

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