An art house resulting from an enlightened and passionate project. In Lecce Palazzo Luce, between art and design, historical and contemporary, opens to host those who appreciate luxury, cultured, contaminated and transversal

A Salento for connoisseurs and/or lovers of beauty, the less obvious one.

A Salento not only of farms, trulli, taralli and orecchiette, but of author art and design woven into a choral project – a total work that combines baroque architecture, modern works, photography, historical and contemporary pieces with mastery. A cultured Salento, magnetic, impregnated (and coloured) of stimuli.

It is a luminous beauty, ça va sans dire, the one that radiates Palazzo Luce (Palace of Light), an ancient residence, now with a clear Pontian reference (and sign) contaminated by contemporary reinterpretations, told in every detail, chosen (unearthed), with care maniacal, devoted and moving, fruit of a passion, a tenacity and a taste extraordinary: literally, out of the ordinary, far from any cliché, stylistic and territorial.

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An unexhibited luxury that comes from a cultured, total vision

Overlooking the cavea of the Roman Theater, in a Baroque Lecce shaped by local stone that changes shades of yellow as the hours go by, from shell of egg from straw to rosé to culminate in gold, Palazzo Luce is a project of hospitality in art.

A collector's home opens to those who love luxury: not the ostentatious, opulent and redundant one , but that which comes from a cultured vision, which draws from the masters but knows how to hybridize masterpieces, as recognized as they are everyday, with ideas, geometries and textures that are fresh and dynamic but at the same time measured, down to the millimetre. Suggestions sealed and sculpted by foils of light.

In Palazzo Luce every element, every finish, every pattern, every tone, every detail is calibrated to dialogue with the pre-existing structures until positioning itself in aperfect balance of volumes, proportions and colours. A choral and enlightened cultural project, the result of several creative hands, all eclectic and recognizable, but guided by a single direction.

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The direction that guided a multi-handed (creative) project

From the first moment the saw, Anna Maria Enselmi understood that the fourteenth-century Palazzo dei Conti would be the ideal location for her incredible collection of historic design pieces (from Gio Ponti, whose stylistic code is the common thread of'entire project of interior, to Ettore Sottsass, from Franco Albini to Osvaldo Borsani to Luigi Caccia Dominioni).

A special place, of contaminated and contaminating beauty radiant which has chose to call Palazzo Luce because what struck her the most was its extraordinary luminosity.

A place that releases energy, designed to keep works and objects, to host them together with people. A place resulting from a polyphony of voices to compose a single score.

A documentary film on the ongoing project

It begins with the story of the passionate research of Anna Maria Enselmi, the docufilm Palazzo Luce, written and directed by Alessandra Galletta, presented at Milan Design Film Festival 2022, which follows the renovation project of the'building from the beginning to its completion.

A process that over time is enriched with works of contemporary art (from Ettore Spalletti to Vanessa Beecroft, from Ugo Mulas to Joseph Kosuth up to  Marina Abramovic) and site specific projects transforming the home of Maria D'Enghien , queen consort of Naples from 1407 to 1414, in a magical place, which embellishes the classic and sumptuous beauty of the building with eclectic flashes born from the' inspiration, intertwined with the careful study of well-known international designers and artists, such as Martino Gamper, Giuliano Andrea dell'Uva, Storage Associati, Antonio Marras and David Tremlett.

A hospitality project in art

Palazzo Luce is an ambitious cultural project: an imaginative, yet domestic, space in the making. The home of a competent and enterprising collector opens up to the world of professionals and enthusiasts, but also to simple lovers of beauty, that of little things (poetic and ingenious), in which the monumental volumes of the Baroque palace, embroidered in each element, dialogue with the most current and lashing creative forms.

The result is a labyrinthine path through environments that intertwine suggestions and styles, eras and decorations to create a 'unique, large, wunderkammer, a chamber of wonders with different facets. Mixing teal and oxidized brass, dazzling white and Lecce stone, bright colors and dusty shades, the one returned is a gaudy but thoughtful chromatic palette, amplified by the light that crystallizes the geometries . A changing yet always exact composition. A unicum that leaves you enchanted, bewitched.

An art house that welcomes its guests

Imagined as an art house that welcomes its guests, Palazzo Luce reveals itself in a maze of passages. Each space is inhabited by works of art and design, and by special interventions conceived by the artists in a lively and luminous dimension.

A fluid succession of environments invites you to discovery and gives continuous surprises and wonders. Rooms, halls, corridors, vaults, from the main floor to the large terrace, embellished by the Mediterranean garden and the privileged view of the Roman Theater, there is no configuration that does not respond to a precise conceptual and aesthetic.

Everything comes together in a anddosed but pregnant elegance, austere yet darting, to restore the sensation of living out of time, in a bubble of beauty.

A transformation in the name of Gio Ponti

The docufilm Palazzo Luce is a choral story, built thanks to the testimonies of the modern and contemporary design experts Rossella Colombari and Nina Yashar, who opened for Anna Maria Enselmi their precious archives, by the'architect Giuliano Andrea dell'Uva, who oversaw the renovation and transformation project of the building in the unmistakable style of Gio Ponti, of artists who move on the border between art and design, such as Martino Gamper and Antonio Marras, who have created for the space works in dialogue with the original pieces by Ponti.

Interventions and collaborations in a personal dialogue with the building

The testimony of the gallery owner Lia Rumma, who assisted Anna Maria Enselmi in choosing and placing a series of works in the rooms of the building, is accompanied by that of artists of the caliber of David Tremlett andJoseph Kosuth, who designed two site-specific interventions for the building.

Giuliano Dal Molin and Marzia Migliora, which was inspired by the literary heritage (both narrative and photographic books, precious catalogs of exhibitions and works, collections of fashion magazines...) selected with competence and passion for the library of the residence, have also created site-specific installations.

Alongside them, other artists of the latest generation such as Gian Maria Tosatti and Michele Guido who in the documentary talk about both their works and their personal dialogue with Palazzo Luce.

Original pieces, references and Pontian quotations

Palazzo Luce is narrated until every space, every room, every environment comes to compose a place where architecture, art and design coexist, dialogue, exalt each other in their proximity, the result of a harmonic juxtaposition, sometimes bold, always studied.

The original pieces and quotations to Gio Ponti are countless. From the famous Superleggera to majolica, from ad hoc furnishings, like a sort of equipped wall in one of the suites, to the bathroom fixtures, sensational in their shapes and shades, up to the preparatory drawings of the projects, to which systems inspired by the graphic sign are added, like the bar unit with colored geometries designed by Martino Gamper.

(A selection) of the artists and designers who sign the works that set up the spaces

Anna Maria Enselmi's design collection includes, among others, works by Franco Albini, Gae Aulenti, BBPR, Osvaldo Borsani, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Carlo Mollino, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Pier Giulio Magistretti , Ico and Luisa Parisi, Ettore Sottsass, Studio PFR, Seguso, Oscar Niemeyer, Audrey Large, Josè Zanine Caldas.

That of works of art includes masterpieces by Ettore Spalletti, Vanessa Beecroft, Pietro Consagra, Alfredo Jaar, Mimmo and Francesco Jodice, William Kentridge, Luca Monterastelli, Ugo Mulas, Gilberto Zorio, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Kosuth , Marzia Migliora, Gian Maria Tosatti, Brigitte Niedermair, Andrés Reisinger, David Tremlett, Andrea Bowers, Nazgol Ansarinia, Giuliano Dal Molin and Thomas Ruff.

A vision and a passion (and a taste) out of the ordinary

“I wanted to define this project my will” explains Anna Maria Enselmi. “You wonder what I can leave beautiful? Beyond a writing in which you give the things you care most about to your loved ones, you leave what you are and that people must know, even if you are a crazy visionary, a person who has spent everything he had to buy objects… so I said to myself: Palazzo Luce is the purest sign I can leave of myself. There is my crazy vision, my passion for aesthetics, for art, for design, and I consider this a testament”.