Founded by Giuliano Matteucci, the Matteucci Institute is the most qualified institution for the study, cataloguing and expert advice on 19th and 20th century Italian painting. Its origins are rooted in the heritage of values and knowledge achieved in its almost forty-year story.
Born from the desire to bring back to light and take a census of the works of the masters living in that period and of the less known, but equally interesting, personalities, the Matteucci Institute stands out as a model of a private institution offering its services to them who expect clarity, exactness and professionalism from the world of art collecting.
Well-known and appreciated at international level, the Institute is an indispensable organization for anybody – museums, corporations,publishing houses, bank foundations, insurance companies, amateurs, connoisseurs, galleries and auction rooms – who needs to examine, assess, evaluate, document and gather information about works and artists working in Italy from 1800 to 1930.
The Institute management, held by Giuliano Matteucci until 2005, is at present carried out by Elisabetta Palminteri. The constant increase in documentary resources on hand has made it necessary the presence of suitable space for the conservation and management of the vast archive material.
The building at 28, D'Annunzio street in Viareggio, where the Institute has its seat, dates back to 1915 and was made by Serafino Ramacciotti. On the corner between Buonarroti avenue and D'Annunzio street, it has the typical characteristics of the Versilian Art Nouveau. The most valuable part is represented by the outer friezes in ceramic tiles, made by Galileo Chini's workshop.
The building is validly located on a large transit street already marked by cultural institutions such as the civic Gallery and Library. Thanks to its strategic location and the philological restoration it has undergone, the building is fully qualified to enter the town cultural circuit.
The Institute takes part in the critical debate on the art development, its market and its future, with events, exhibitions, congresses, conferences and seminars. This task finds expression in the planning and participation in high-quality cultural events.