Art in Sicily: the “YAG – Yacht Art Gallery” opens in Palermo


Imagine an art gallery, set up on beautiful boats, cruising around the Mediterranean; an entire summer, touching the most beautiful ports and skirting unique beaches; works of art that move between the countries where culture and civilization were born, uniting the north and south of the world, the east and the west. This is exactly what we are talking about when we talk about YAG, the Yacht Art Gallery: a contemporary art exhibition, set up on marvellous boats, an unprecedented exhibition space, nomadic and itinerant, for months at a time.

For this first edition of YAG entitled Island Tales, we decided to create a focus on Sicily, the island at the centre of Mare Nostrum, where all the beauties and contradictions of this space, both geographic and mental, meet and mingle. Thus, the works on display will be a selection of some of the greatest Sicilian artists of today. They are artists from different generations and who use the most varied artistic languages. Not all of them were born in Sicily, and this also shows how the island is still a great international centre of experimentation for art.

Indeed, Sicily continues to be, even today, a great creative forge, where many artists are born and grow up, and where many decide to move from abroad, invariably being subjugated by its beauty and adopted by its community. It is a varied and stratified art scene, whose artists range across the many languages of creativity, and whose protagonists are not only the island’s main centres: the art scene is alive, from Palermo to Catania, from Modica to Scicli, to the many small islands that in the summer become laboratories of international experimentation and creativity.

The boats will in turn become an exhibition workshop, inside which medium and small paintings and sculptures will be set up in the common areas and cabins. A travelling art gallery, capable of becoming wind and current, for an entire summer around the Mediterranean. With the dream, for its second edition in 2024, of landing in Venice during the days of the Biennale of Contemporary Art.

[Image YAG: Courtesy Francesco De Grandi]

Curated by Antonio Grulli
Marina Villa Igiea – Piazza Acquasanta – Palermo – Italy
Opening May 5th at 06.00PM