Tuscan notary Vittorio Gaddi has been collecting contemporary art since the beginning of the 1990s. His first work was the sculpture The Daughter of the Sun, by the Italian artist Giò Pomodoro. After this, his attention shifted to more international and emerging art.

Today, Gaddi owns around 350 works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Carsten Höller, or Wade Guyton. His interest is triggered less by a specific style or medium than by an artist’s contemporaneity.

From the very outset Gaddi wanted to have his collection accessible. Today it is devided among a 1920s Art Nouveau mansion, in the city of Lucca, and in two old farmhouses nestled in the countryside. One of these adjacent houses was intended as a country chalet but was gradually overrun by art. The other was renovated for the collection in summer 2012.