In its virtual dimension, the MuSA offers a preview of the real space and of its potential.
There are many suggestive and limitless possibilities for a virtual trip: the area of Versilia and Pietrasanta, the quarries and the places where marble and stone are extracted and excavated (Territory section), the foundries, the craftsmen and their workshops (Companies section), the sculptors, architects and designers (Artists and Architects section), the materials used and processed in Versilia (Materials section), the great works that have made Pietrasanta famous internationally, the galleries, the museums.
And through You Tube link, you can see some videos on the territory, on artists’ exhibitions organized in Pietrasanta and on the MuSA museum itself.
Art dealers represent the cornerstone in a promotion system of contemporary art that dialogues with museums and becomes a link with clients. In the current macro-system of art, the galley hence becomes a very important elements, together with the collectors and corporate collections.
Since the late post-war period, the greatest artists from around the world have come to Pietrasanta and turned to the local laboratories for their projects. Masters such as Henry Moore, Jean Hans Arp, Joan Mirò, César in the past and established artists such as Fernando Botero, Giò Pomodoro, Kan Yasuda, today. Sometimes the Municipalities themselves become art promoters by commissioning works to embellish the city.
Natural stone companies from the Apuan Alps and Versilia are famous throughout the world for buildings bearing the imprint of the most respected contemporary architects, who today, as in antiquity, choose marble, granite and stone as their preferred materials to express their ideas and personalise their work, or create designer items.
The creations of many artists who have worked in Pietrasanta, often entrusting them to the professionalism of local laboratories and foundries, are present in some of the most important collections of public and private Museums in the world. Just to cite a few: MoMA in New York, London’s National Gallery,Museo degli Uffizi in Florence, National Gallery in Norway, Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage and Zurich’s Kunsthaus.
The Apuan Alps and Versilia region has long been considered one of the liveliest centres of art in the world, with a wealth of craftsmen’s workshops, artists’ studios and galleries. As a result, Pietrasanta has become home to many artists of international renown, who spend a large part of the year working on their own projects in close contact with the local craftsmen.
Technology, tradition, craftsmanship identity and Made in Italy. From ateliers, workshops and laboratories to true enterprises, often family run businesses, where tradition and know-how are handed down from one generation to another. Marble manufacturing started to be practiced in ancient times in Pietrasanta and still plays a key role in the city’s economic and social fabric.