Facing the cavea of the Roman Theater in the historical center of Lecce, Palazzo Luce is the result of the vision of Anna Maria Enselmi, a refined collector and the spirit behind an ambitious, extraordinary collective cultural project. Involving designers, artists, architects and gallerists, she has created a strikingly imaginative space in constant evolution. It is the dwelling of a collector that opens up, where the monumental volumes of the historic building establish a dialogue with the most contemporary forms of creativity.
Imagined as a home for art that welcomes guests, Palazzo Luce reveals its essence in pathways that are always different, navigating the fascinating maze of the building designed over the course of centuries: each space is inhabited by works of art and design, as well as special projects envisioned by artists is a living, luminous dimension.
The design of Gio Ponti, a special focus of Annamaria Enselmi – over time, she has acquired rare furnishings, one-of-a-kind pieces and graphic archives by the great master – permeates the creative polyphony of Palazzo Luce as a continuous inspiration, starting from the architectural design of the interiors conducted by Giuliano Dell’Uva/Giuliano Andrea Dell’Uva Architetti and Storage Associati, to interpret the works in a contemporary way, underscoring the Mediterranean spirit of the Milanese designer.
Alongside Gio Ponti, historic pieces by Ettore Sottsass, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Osvaldo Borsani, Carlo Mollino, Max Ingrand, Ignazio Gardella, establish a dialogue with the contemporary design of Martino Gamper, Antonio Marras, Brigitte Niedermair, Konstantin Grcic, Nao Matsunaga, Bruno Gambone, the works of art by Marina Abramovich, William Kentridge, Ugo Mulas, Thomas Ruff, Mimmo Jodice, Vanessa Beecroft, Alfredo Jaar, Joseph Kosuth, Gilberto Zorio, Ettore Spalletti, Luca Monterastelli, Gianmaria Tosatti – just to name a few – and with site-specific projects by David Tremlett, Giuliano Dal Molin, Marzia Migliora, Michele Guido.
A fluid sequence of spaces leads to discoveries and surprises: rooms, salons, corridors, from the piano nobile to the large terrace at the top, and the shady greenery of the Mediterranean garden with its secret view of the ancient theater. Light magnifies the spaces: a diffused, sensitive luminosity, of such characteristic impact as to naturally suggest the new name of the estate.