In over a century of history, the Gallery of Modern Art has gone through a long evolution towards increasing its collections by acquiring new pieces and, most of all, gaining credit as one of the most modern and vital cultural institutions in Palermo. The Museum, named after Empedocle Restivo as a tribute to the man who promoted its foundation at the beginning of the last century, opened in the foyer of Politeama Theatre on May 24, 1910. It immediately set as its main goal that of offering people the opportunity to enjoy the heritage of the exciting period of the Belle Epoque when cultural life was in ferment owing to the new projects that were being outlined for the city.

Its history has been written year after year, by always looking at the future, and since 2006 it has continued in its new venue at the architectural complex of Sant’Anna, which has been furnished to provide the most advanced services to the public and comply with the requirements of a 21st century Museum.

In its renovated spaces, with a new scientific display-plan, more than two hundred works of art, including both paintings and sculptures, distributed in fourteen thematic and monographic sections, illustrate the evolution of Italian figurative arts in the period between the 19th and the 20th centuries. They bear witness to the role that painters and sculptors of national renown played in Modernist Palermo.

Among the numerous masterpieces, it suffices to mention the large-scale paintings by Giuseppe Sciuti, the landscapes by Francesco Lojacono, the naturalist works by Antonio Leto, the art nouveau taste of the paintings by Ettore De Maria Bergler, and the beaming and glowing touch of the canvases by Giovanni Boldini. The intense season of the Novecento Italiano movement in the 20th century is presented through the works of artists like Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Mario Sironi, Renato Guttuso, and Franz von Stuck, who succeeded in putting the atmosphere and distinctive signs of a genuinely European capital on canvas.

The overall project of the Museum scientific display-plan has been worked-out under the direction of Lidia Savoja and Antonio Gerbino and it has been curated by a group of scholars lead by Fernando Mazzocca and including Gioacchino Barbera, Luisa Martorelli, Antonella Purpura and Carlo Sisi. Corrado Anselmi has drawn up the set-up plan and Leonardo Adragna the lighting project.




This site uses cookies.

By continuing to browse, you agree to their use. Learn more

I understand

Cookies policy uses cookies. Cookies are very small, completely safe and secure text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit our website. They help website developers to improve our website browsing experience.

Cookies will not collect information that identifies visitors, but we collect this information in a way, which does not identify anyone. If you do wish to disable our cookies you can alter the settings of your browser to delete cookies that have already been set, or a message or warning must be displayed so that the visitor is aware of them. If you do not want to change the use of cookies simply continues browsing. uses the following cookies:

Navigation cookies. These cookies are essential for you to move around the site and to use its full functionality, such as access to restricted areas. Without these cookies the services requested may not be provided, such as the possibility to fill forms.

Functional cookies. These cookies allow the website to remember your preferences (name, language or region of origin) and guarantee customised advanced functionality. Cookies can help to keep memory of previous changes to font or other web pages that can be customised. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website.

Google Analytics 
We use a web analytics service called Google Analytics provided for by Google Inc. to help us identify how our customers use our website. Google analytics stores information (including your secret IP address) about what pages you visit, how long you were on the site, how you got here and what you click on on Google servers in the United States.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties if they are required to do so by law or if the third party processes information on Google's behalf.

Google does not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You can also choose not to accept cookies by modifying the security settings of your browser. However, this may prevent you from moving freely from page to page and enjoy all the features of the site.

By using this website you allow Google to use your personal information you consent to the use of your data and information as described and/or referred to in this privacy and cookie policy