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The Missing Planet

Visions and revisions of the "Soviet times" from the Centro Pecci collections  and other collections

Opening: 7th October at 6.30 p.m.

Curators of the exhibition Marco Scotini and Stefano Pezzato; design project by Can Altay

The Missing Planet opens a new program of exhibitions, conceived by the director Cristiana Perrella and dedicated to exploring themes, periods and languages ​​of the Centro Pecci collection, entrusting the care to an expert invited as a guest curator and supported by the head of collections and archives Stefano Pezzato.

Marco Scottini is the curator of this first exhibition. He has integrated dozens of works of the Centro Pecci collection with others from important collections and Italian and international institutions, to compose a 'galaxy' of the main artistic researches developed in the former Soviet republics between the Seventies and today: from Russia to the Baltic, Caucasian and Central Asian provinces. The original design of the exhibition is by the artist Can Altay. The exhibition will be accompanied by a special calendar of events, curated by Camilla Mozzato, and a cinema program, curated by Luca Barni.

Thirty years have passed since the first exhibition that the Centro Pecci dedicated, promptly and pioneeringly, to the non-official Soviet art scene, on the wave of Perestrojka. In the spring of 1990, Contemporary Russian Artists, edited by Amnon Barzel and Claudia Jolles, witnessed the euphoria of the moment and, simultaneously and contradictorily, the birth of a feeling of fear towards the future.

At this first exhibition, the Pecci Center followed another, equally important: Progressive Nostalgia, curated by Viktor Misiano. An exhibition that witnessed the disillusion of the post-Soviet space in front of the transition and integration processes in the West, the crisis of financial capitalism, the dismantling of social rights and the authoritarian turning point of liberalism, completely undermining the initial optimism and recording discouragement in the face of the failure of the present.

The Missing Planet is proposed today as the current and last chapter of the ideal post-Soviet trilogy at the Pecci Center and can only deal with a double past: that of utopia on one side and that of memory on the other, starting from works of the two previous exhibitions. If Contemporary Russian Artists has witnessed the missed turn, with the opening to the East, and Progressive Nostalgia has evoked the lost story, staging a sort of mourning or farewell, the new exhibition offers an archaeological approach where ghosts and realities try to interface with the "ruins of the future". The purpose is to act on time, but also "against" it, in favor of a time that has yet to happen. For this reason, between metaphor and reality, the exhibition proposes a cosmic and utopian imaginary that accompanied the epic of the Soviet Union, transforming the museum's exhibition space into a Space Shuttle, in which Solaris by Andrei Tarkovskij meets Kunst rooms bu Sergei Volkov as well as Once in the XX Century by Deimantas Narkevicius.


  • Address: Viale della Repubblica, 277

  • Municipality: Prato (PO)

  • Place: Centro Pecci

  • When: Nov. 8, 2019 - Sept. 27, 2020