Discover Antonio Pasqualino's renowned puppetry collection of over three thousand pieces from Italy and abroad. You'll find Sicilian marionettes (from the “Opera dei Pupi” tradition), Japanese Bunraku puppets, and figures made by contemporary artists such as Enrico Baj, Renato Guttuso, and Polish director Tadeusz Kantor. You'll also find many shadow theater puppets from the Indonesian Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek traditions, as well as from the Cambodian Sbek Thom traditions, both of them declared “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity World Heritage” by the UNESCO. A theater where “Opera dei Pupi” puppet shows, seminars, and video showings take place is located on the top floor.
Step into the Fratelli Napoli's Puppet Museum – and into a fascinating universe. It as world of chivalry and courage, unrequited love and adventure, song and swordfights. The Sicilian folk tradition of the Opera dei Pupi, declared part of the "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2001 is a theatrical art form worth discovering. The Fratelli Napoli are preserving and perpetuating this ancient tradition since 1921. Visit the puppet museum – and you'll be a fan for life!
Visit Palazzo Branciforte, a sixteenth century building in the heart of Palermo, recently restored by the great Italian architect Gae Aulenti. The Palazzo is home to exhibition areas for the important Fondazione Sicilia collections of archaeological artifacts, coins, stamps, tin-glazed pottery (maiolica), sculpture and fresco on panel.
Discover the varied and enthralling world of Sicilian and Italian painting and sculpture, reflecting Palermo’s atmosphere and charm as one of the premier modern European capitals during the Belle Epoque. The Museum of Modern Art displays a permanent collection of over two hundred paintings and sculptures, from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century.
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