Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna Empedocle Restivo

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Jazzumbo
Romania1,364 contributions
Masterpieces from the 19th and 20th Century
Oct 2020
Palermo's Modern Art Gallery is hosted by the exquisite Palazzo Bonet, exhibiting artworks from the 19th and 20th Century.
The exhibition is well organized and starts in opera style with the dramatic painting I Vespri Siciliani by Erulio Eroli. It's a good opportunity to admire masterpieces from various modern art currents that alternated in Italy at the beginig of 20th Century, including Futurismo, Novecento, Arte Povera and Metaphisical Art among others. There's also a hall dedicated to Sicilian Novecento, for a more local flavor.
The gran-finale is ensured by masterpieces signed by Guttuso, Pippo Rizzo and Sironi.
The only downside during my visit was the lighting in the gallery, which was very poor in some of the halls, ironically in the ones displaying the bright Lojocano's landscapes.
Written 26 November 2020
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gjpeg
Alton, UK280 contributions
Some interesting exhibits
Nov 2019
Modern art can either appeal or repel, unfortunately I found the exhibits here were not to my taste although many others will find it appealing.
Written 21 November 2019
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FJD
Devon, UK6 contributions
Great Gallery full of Gems.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Why doesn't everyone know about this and rave? We spent three and a half blissful hours here discovering superb paintings, marbles and bronzes. It is excellently themed and exhibited. It triumphs over the other "top" things to do here. A tie with Monreale.
Written 13 October 2019
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James P
Lakewood, OH104 contributions
A well represented museum with very good works
Oct 2019
Over a century of collections, this museum has gone to great lengths to evolve into a very fine collection. All the works were purchased or were in the Biennele in Venice. It has large pieces of Neo-Classicism as well as some fine examples of pointilism. Particularly love the one work by Struck, very moving.

A pleasant way to spend a good 3 to 4 hours. Take your time and enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafeteria to recharge and continue
Written 6 October 2019
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Phileas_Flogg
Oxford, UK301 contributions
A fine art museum with a permanent lighting problem? Surely Not!
Sep 2019
But yes, in most rooms there are multiple paintings which are not lit. Not 'badly lit' NOT LIT. You look up at the ceiling to see where the problem is and you realise that along the lighting tracks, some fixtures are simply not operating. So either they can't be bothered to change dead lamps or the gallery can't cope with the load on the system. Either way, judging from the age of the reviews calling this out, this is not a problem GAM plan to solve for the forseeable future. If you are lucky or make a fuss, you will get a small discount but so normal has this situation become that there clearly is no conscience over charging the full price.

Fortunately, according to our taste, by and large, the unlit pictures were the less worthy ones but this wasn't always the case as GAM has a very high quality collection of fine art including some sculptures and so you are likely to experience more than a few disappointments as you struggle to cut thru the gloom.

It is probably worth saying that this is not a Modern Art Museum in the sense of Tate Modern, focussing on the 20th century, avant-garde, expressionist or cubist artists. It is a relatively traditional collection which just about makes its way into the pre-WW2 period but, for most part, with pieces which tend towards conservative tastes rather than the experimental.

If it wasnt for the lighting issue, I wouldnt have hesitated to give GAM 4 stars but given they also have a toilet paper problem (ie there is none in the whole building) I feel 3 blobs is generous.
Written 3 October 2019
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark596 contributions
Discounted rate due to lighting problems- still a neat collection.
Sep 2019
I really appreciated getting a discount while the museum had some lighting problems. There were only a couple works of art that I couldn't see too well. In fact, I kinda liked the ambience without all the glaring illumination. So the collection isn't too bad. Spread over three floors, they have info regarding the genres and styles of different eras if you want to get deeper into it. I was content just to browse. Like many provincial museums, there may not be an abundance of top-shelf showpieces, but there are a few of those too. It's more for the enthusiasts- if you're not an art fan you may not like this collection.
Written 1 October 2019
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JJJBrighton
Brighton, UK95 contributions
Great way to spend a few hours in the cool
Oct 2019 • Couples
We purchased a combi ticket for the permanent exhibition and also the temporary Leonardo di Vinci exhibition. First thing to say is that the fact that some of the exhibits are unlit (see various reviews below) you are informed of this before buying a ticket and your ticket is sold at a reduced rate as a result. The combi ticket was 12,00€ per person which was great value. The LdV exhibition explores his drawings and displays them alongside multimedia interactive modern interpretations. Very cleverly done with sound and projections. The permanent exhibition is a wonderful range of paintings and sculpture. Would thoroughly recommend particularly during the heat of the day. This would have got a 5-star review if it had it hadn’t been for some of the staff very noisily chatting to each other and/or having their mobile phones on all the time and not on silent!! Certainly spoilt the atmosphere at times. Nice gift shop. There’s also a cafeteria (didn’t try) too.
Written 1 October 2019
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italyloverKent
Kent68 contributions
Good art - sadly some badly lit!
Sep 2019
A previous review from three months ago mentioned some lighting not working, this is till the case and therefore some artwork very badly lit.
There was a lot of good art on display. There was no hand paper towels in any of the toilets nor any hot air dryers - sign on toilet wall stated ‘No paper’ sign looked more than a few days old - surely one of the three staff on duty (took two of them to tear off our ticket stub) could have gone out and got some paper towels!! Noticed a similar review on Google.
Written 8 September 2019
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Fleur B
Wollongong121 contributions
Charging for dark unlit pictures
Jun 2019 • Solo
Yep, that's right folks. They state after paying full price that some of the lights aren't working.....A LOT aren't working. And this is a real shame, either give a discount or tell me before I buy a ticket! Or here's a novel idea - fix it. Photo exhibit is excellent- so do that separately.
Written 11 June 2019
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gsm018
27 contributions
Modern only by palermo standards
Nov 2018 • Couples
Not that much modern era - covers 19th to 1930. Some highlights were on loan. Worth a visit. Eve. Some good sculpture. Nice café. Friendly. Tiny amounts of monet and Picasso influenced stuff. A touch of pointillism here, of impressionism there. The history and landscape aspects are well done. The grumpy old men eating bread video exhibit is a bit baffling.
Written 10 November 2018
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