The Pino Pascali Foundation in Polignano a Mare was founded in 2010, on the site of the town’s former abattoir located in the southern area of the town overlooking the sea. It was officially opened on the 1st of June 2012 following an important artistic celebration referred to as Ouverture. The Apulia Region and the Municipality of Polignano a Mare both have shares in the Foundation, which allows it to benefit from management and state funds.

The opening of the museum dates back to 1998 when it held an important retrospective of Pino Pascali’s works in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Pietro Marino.

The Pino Pascali Foundation is the only permanent museum of Contemporary Art in Apulia and hosts temporary exhibitions, a permanent collection and the Pino Pascali Award. [MORE]


Pino Pascali died a tragic and premature death in Rome on the 11th of September 1968. He was probably the greatest Apulian artist, and he was definitely the most famous internationally throughout the 1900s. Pascali was only 33 years old when he passed away. He was born in Bari on the 19th October 1935 and his parents were both from Poligano a Mare. After his tragic death (he was run over by a car while riding his motorbike) his body was buried in the small graveyard of his hometown.

Pascali’s career as an artist was short and intense. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1959 and soon started making a name for himself as a scenographer. He drew sketches, drawings and “short movies” for “Carosello” (an Italian television advertising reel) and other TV shows, as well as drawings and models of sailing ships, trains and armours. He loved to experiment … [MORE]

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