Atelier Sul Mare – Museum of Contemporary Art on the northern coast of Sicily


Dear Shaded Viewers,

I have just arrived at the Atelier Sul Mare and the only room I can show you at the moment is my own.The black is a mix of lava and cement. The door feels a mile thick. It’s a bit on the dark and volcanic side what with the red door and the ocean view. No internet in the rooms and I did not notice a telephone. You are forced to disconnect.


The hotel is situated in Castel di Tusa, a little fishing village 20 KM from Cefalu. Twenty out of the forty rooms were designed by internationally recognized artists like : Raoul Ruiz (La Torre di Sigismondo) Paolo Icaro (Il Nido), Hidetoshi Nagasawa (Mistero per la Luna), Sislej Xhafa (Il Bagno Turco),Danielle Miterand, Agnese Purgatorio, Antonio Presti, Luigi Mainolfi (La Stanza della Terra e del Fuoco), I will visit them all tomorrow and show them to you.


Tomorrow I will visit Fiumara d’Arte, about 2 kilometers from here and contains the biggest Regional museum of contemporary sculpture in Europe. The park was created by Antonio Presti and his idea was to make an open air museum where you could walk through the Sicilian wild. Monumental sculptures have been made by artists: Pietro Consagra, Piero Dorazio, Tano Festa, Hidetoshi Nagasawa,Antonio Di Palma and many others.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.