The home of the Giovanni Fattori Civic Museum in Leghorn is Villa Mimbelli, a 19th-century private residence named after the family who had been living there until the 1930s. The museum moved to this location in 1994 but its origins date back to the end of the 19th century when the Municipal Authorities decided to bring together the heritage that had been scattered throughout the local area in a single venue and to open it to visitors. Since then, various historical buildings have housed the museum before Villa Mimbelli.
Basically, the G. Fattori Museum collection is a Leghorn and Tuscan art collection, which spans from the mid-19th century to the early decades of the 20th. Its central nucleus consists of the work of Giovanni Fattori and few other exponents of the Macchiaioli school, as well as those of a larger group of artists who are generally referred to as “Post–Macchiaioli”.
The historical inclination of the city towards contemporary art led, in 1974, to the birth of the Progressive Museum of Contemporary Art. Although the Museum concluded its activity at the end of the 80s, it made the city live a crucial moment since the avant-garde trends that animated the whole Italian artistic panorama of the 70s flowed into Leghorn. This rich collection - which includes works by internationally renowned artists among whom Burri, Castellani, Manzoni, Fontana and Pascali, - is now part of the heritage of the G. Fattori Museum that, thanks to initiatives such as the “Fattori Contemporaneo”, works in favor of the enhancement and the promotion of contemporary art.