The CAMeC was born with the intention of preserving, exhibiting, and increase civic collections of contemporary art,? to achieve critical breath exhibitions and retrospectives dedicated to authors and movements of the 20th century, along with events, performances and concerts. Permanent collections of contemporary art are represented by some significant collections. Between them a selection of works relating to the award of the Gulf, designed in 1933 as competition review by Marinetti and Fillia, restored a first time from 1949 to 1965 and then again in 2000 every two years. The formula of the award, made its civic libraries about 200 works, with results between the pi? significant Italian painting. Private donations are the other two collections: the collection of George and Melissa Chapman, updated and forward-looking, expert habitual frequenter of pi? important events in Italy and abroad and the collection of Ferruccio and Anna Maria Battolini from sixty years of activities? in the world of criticism, journalism and art of artists. Make up the first over twelve hundred artworks related to pi? important historical avant-garde movements of the twentieth century: Expressionism and Bauhaus, ending with arte Povera, Pop, Land, Body Art, Fluxus and Transavanguardia. For the second are multiple contributions, by some of the protagonists of the historical editions of the prize, at the La Spezia Gulf group of seven, with some performers pi? representative of Italian post-war scene.