Forty-seven sculptures as well as eleven dessins and engravings, are exhibited in the museum’s permanent collection. Forming the nucleus of the collection are monumental works presented in Vangi’s solo exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence in 1995.
Following each of visits to Japan, he added works, — in 2007 Katrina 3 and Winner, in 2009, Primavera, — that represented small changes to the collection.
Characteristic of Vangi’s works is his marvelous skill in combining various materials such as marble of different colors, granite, bronze, nickel and silver. Some sculptures exhibited outside can be touched by visitors.
Inside the museum, dessins and some plaster models are also exhibited, these are derived from the process of the sculpture –making.
Giuliano Vangi was born in 1931 in the Tuscan village of Barberino del Mugello and studied at the Istituto Statale dell’Arte in Florence. In 1959 he moved to Brazil in order to distance himself from the Renaissance humanist tradition. After spending three years in Brazil, Vangi returned to Italy to devote himself to his sculptural experiment, studying different types of materials in order to materialize various states of the human mind in concrete form.
In 1967 Vangi presented a series of his sculptures in a personal exhibition at Florence’s Strozzi Palace, which won him a great deal of attention and praise, because his works seemed to refer to the sense of stagnation and contradiction felt by people in modern society. After this success he extended his activity, exhibiting his sculptures in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Around the turn of the millennium, Vangi completed several religious pieces commissioned by the Catholic Church, at sites such as the Cathedral of Padua, the Duomo of Pisa, and the Church of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. In 2002 Vangi won the Praemium Imperiale prize in the sculpture category, gained international fame. His work is now considered to be on the same level as that of great Italian postwar master sculptors such as Arturo Martini, Giacomo Manzù and Marino Marini. Vangi revived the traditional technique of inlay, using marble of various colors, and various metals to add a polychromatic effect to his sculptures of human figures. The works on display in the museum serve as reminders of Vangi’s remarkable life story and his devotion to sculpture.