Museum displays a permanent collection of over two hundred paintings and sculptures, from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century: the monumental canvases by Giuseppe Sciuti, the landscapes by Francesco Lojacono and Antonio Leto, Hector De Maria Bergler's Art Nouveau references, the sparkling and luministic taste of Giovanni Boldini, as well as twentieth century art witnessed by authors such as Massimo Campigli, Casorati, Mario Sironi, Renato Guttuso, Franz von Stuck, who give us the atmosphere and charm of a modern European capital.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm.
Cashier closes 1 hour earlier.
The Museum’s management has placed great importance on making the venue easily accessible and pleasant for all visitors. The venue does not feature architectural barriers for people on wheelchairs and is equipped with electric and manually operated wheelchairs. All sections of the exhibition itinerary are illustrated with information panels in Italian and English illustrating the content of each section.
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How to reach:
From the Railway Station to the Gallery of Modern Art
- on foot: walk along Via Roma for about 700m, then turn right on Via Discesa dei Giudici (walking time: approx. 10 min)
- by bus: take Lines 101, 102, 107 or 122; get off at the third stop, walk along Via Roma, then turn right on Via Discesa dei Giudici
- by AMAT shuttle bus serving the pedestrian areas: Yellow Line, Stop Sant’Anna
- by City Sightseeing Tour, Line A from Teatro Politeama (142 of Via Emerico Amari): get off at Stop no. 3 called Quattro Canti, then cross Piazza Pretoria to via Discesa dei Giudici ( approx. 5 min)
From the Falcone-Borsellino International Airport of Palermo to the central railway station
- by bus service operated by Prestia & Comandé (departures every 30 min)
- by train (leaving approx. every 30 min)
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Empedocle Restivo Museum of Modern Art
In over a century of history, the Gallery of Modern Art has gone through a long evolution towards increasing its collections by acquiring new pieces and, most of all, gaining credit as one of the most modern and vital cultural institutions in Palermo. The Museum, named after Empedocle Restivo as a tribute to the man who promoted its foundation at the beginning of the last century, opened in the foyer of the Politeama Theater on May 24, 1910. It immediately set as its main goal that of offering people the opportunity to enjoy the heritage of the exciting period of the Belle Epoque when cultural life was flourishing all over Europe and new projects stirred the development of Palermo.
The museum has continuously grown and expanded, and continued to do so in its new venue at the architectural complex of Sant’Anna since 2006, a former Franciscan convent.
In its renovated spaces, with a new display-plan, more than two hundred works of art, including both paintings and sculptures, distributed in fourteen thematic and monographic sections, illustrate the evolution of Italian figurative arts in the period between the 19th and the 20th centuries. They bear witness to the role that painters and sculptors of national renown played in Modernist Palermo.
Its numerous masterpieces include large-scale paintings by Giuseppe Sciuti, landscapes by Francesco Lojacono, naturalist works by Antonio Leto, art nouveau style paintings by Ettore De Maria Bergler, and glowing canvases by Giovanni Boldini. The intense period of the Novecento Italiano movement in the 20th century is presented through works of artists like Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Mario Sironi, Renato Guttuso, and Franz von Stuck, who succeeded in putting the distinctive air of a genuinely European capital on canvas.
The 214 works on display – 176 paintings and 38 sculptures – reflect the trends in fashion and taste that, since its foundation, have guided the acquisition of pieces that best represent modern art in Italy. New works were added to the museum collection through purchases from famous national and international events (such as the Venice Biennale) of the early 20th century, at prestigious private art galleries, or through gifts and donations.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no-shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).