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The foundation promotes the implementation of numerous initiatives to support the harmonious growth of the Mediterranean. The arts, in particular, are the privileged medium for the realization of this design aspiration.
The exhibition venue of the Foundation is Palazzo Trinacria in Palermo. Today, a historic residence, the palace was designed in 1840 by architects Gigante and Trombetta on behalf of Prince Lanza Branciforte, with the aim of becoming Palermo's first luxury hotel, named Hotel Trinacria.
Equipped with cutting-edge technology, Palazzo Trinacria is currently the first permanent immersive hall in Sicily. The foundation has chosen to reshape its exhibition spaces with the ambition of becoming a protagonist in contemporary digital innovation for the arts and culture.
Today, the foundation, as a pioneer, promotes new forms of experiential and interactive artistic consumption, attracting the audience into digital environments with the aim of spreading new concepts of artistic appreciation focused on multisensory and full emotional and cognitive involvement of the visitor.
The foundation collaborates with professionalism and significant cultural institutions primarily through its artist residency program. The guesthouse, overlooking the famous Passeggiata delleCattive, has been hosting distinguished artists for years with the aim of exhibiting site-specific works dedicated to themes close to the foundation.
The foundation has partnered with Manifesta, the renowned European biennial of contemporary art, hosting the artist Taus Makhacheva, who had previously exhibited at the Venice Biennale. In collaboration, the foundation ultimately promoted one of the most successful exhibitions of 2020 for Palermo and Sicily: "Ritratto di ignoto, un artista chiamato Banksy" (Portrait of the Unknown, an artist called Banksy).
More recently, the foundation has embraced civic and naturalistic themes, promoting ecological approaches and sensibilities. The foundation particularly supports environmental art, known for its strong persuasive power, and also gives a voice to young emerging artists, as seen in the case of the Flora Marina residency.
The foundation's commitment continues in the realm of projects, with initiatives supported by community funds that focus on the dissemination of topics related to the maritime economy and its sustainability, environmental conservation, and the cultural and landscape heritage.
Pride of the Pietro Barbaro Foundation, our headquarters is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Palermo, Palazzo Trinacria.