In 2008 the Biscari family decided to open up this corner of their palazzo to high fashion in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the palace's original museum, which once stood in this very place. Take a breath and see if you can say this without pausing--Prince Iganzio Paterno' Castello V Prince of Biscari (phew!)--well he was the family's forefather who created a natural science and antiquities gallery here, famed in the 1700s (and visited by Goethe) for being one of the most important museums in Italy at the time.
While the current incarnation of the 'museum' has nothing whatsoever to do with the original one, the tie here is more conceptual and symbolic than anything else. But in addition to the installation showcasing Ferrera's innovative style, 'Oltre l'abito...il pensiero', you will see some remnants of the past--the original tiled flooring, two excavated stone altars--as well as some contemporary paintings, in this most unusual of spaces. Feels more NYC than Catania, that's for sure!
P.S. the historical information was translated from the Museum-Fashion web site.