In the center of Sicily, in the area of Trapani, there is one of the largest open air contemporary art museums of the world: Gibellina, a new town full of amazing artworks.
14th January 1968. A violent earthquake hits Belìce Valley, in Western Sicily. Gibellina was knocked down.
After the earthquake the mayor of Gibellina, Ludovico Corrao, a unique and visionary personality, together with a group of artists and intellectuals, such as Leonardo Sciascia, called for the town to be rebuilt through art. Among the artists who helped were Alberto Burri, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Pietro Consagra, Mario Schifano, Joseph Beuys and Carla Accardi. So the extraordinary experiment of Gibellina was born.
From a natural and human catastrophe. And from the cathartic energy of art and culture. Nowadays Gibellina is one of the largest open air, contemporary art museums in the world. The “Grande Cretto” of Alberto Burri covers the ruins of the old city and is a huge open air Land art masterpiece known worldwide. It has recently been completed in 2015, reaching 90.000 mq.
Gibellina Nuova, 15 kilometers from the old city, is stud by many and important architectural works and sculpture en plein air.