Post-war art, Aperol spritzers and Sardinian donkeys at the Magazzino Museum of Italian Art in New York .
A windy Saturday last month, Vittorio Calabrese, the director of Museum of Italian Art Magazzino in Cold Spring, NY, stood on stage in the courtyard to present the last event of the summer, a concert by musician Sam Reider and his band The Human Hands.
The sun was starting to set, and a few stragglers from the sold-out crowd mad and their seats. Most of the spectators were casually dressed in denim jackets and oversized oxford shirts. But Mr. Calabrese, originally from Irpinia, Italy, wore a white suit.eu, moccasins and, for a touch of sprezzatura, the Italian concept of nonchalant style, striped socks with several centimeters visible. Mr. Reider, he said, was going to play a song inspired by Ennio Morricone in the tradition of the American murderous ballad.
It was not not exactly "Volare", but that was never the purpose of the foundation. "The biggest challenge is to avoid stereotypes about Italy," Calabrese said. people think they will find renaissance, baroque, or ancient art, but we are not - and Italy is not - what the average American is might think. Most of this art was unknown in this country. "
The foundation, which is about an hour from Manhattan's North Shore, is dedicated to post-war Italian art, starting with the Arte Povera movement which started in Turin in the 1960s and continuinguant with contemporary artists. Image Sam Reider and his band the Human Hands performed in the backyard last month. Credit ... George Etheredge for Hfrance.fr Image Guests enjoyed appetizers and spritzers before the live music. Cre dit ... George Etheredge for Hfrance.fr
"We don 't have paintings, and we don ' t have figuration ", said Mr Calabrese, who lives in Beacon, NY, and the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.
Instead, visitors will find Bruna Esposito's “Altri Venti-Ostro”, a play on the air conditioning and city life in the form of an outdoor gazebo made of bamboo canes and hemp rope and boat propellers. “Il cielo e dintorni” by Giulio Paolini consists of 18 white flags printed with representations of the sky, imagined by artists from the Renaissance to the present day, including Yves Klein, J.M.W. Turner and Raphael. There is a giant glass vignette of Giuseppe Penone.
Magazzino was designed and founded by Giorgio Spanu, an investor who grew up in Sardinia, and Nancy Olnick , who comes from a family in real estate development in Manhattan.
"On our third date, he invited me to his home to dinner "said Ms. Olnick. "I bring this wine, and he said:" Where did you find thiswine ? book by a French museologist. "And he started to prepare this meal which was exquisite - the wine, the meal and the discussion " Ms. Olnick said. Image Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu founded the art center . Credit ... George Etheredge for Hfrance.fr
Together they have collected enough Italian art to fill a private museum. Magazzino opened in June 2017 with an exhibition of Margherita Stein's contributions to Arte Povera. During the pandemic, their home programming included a streaming chat "BLAQ • IT: Representing Blackness in Italy "with academic Fred Kuwornu.
Before the concert there was aperitif time, as we does it in Italy. "We are finding ways to engage with artists beyond the visual arts, " Mr Spanu said, as he examined the spread of tomato jam pies, bread dish and goat cheese and tall glasses of
The first clue that Magazzino, which means warehouse in Italian, is not a place where visitors will find Da Vincis may be the building itself: a 20,000 square foot brutalist concrete space designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo with eight galleries, a courtyard for concerts and film screenings, and a research center. Image Aperitifs were served. Credit ... George Etheredge for New York Hours Image The center also houses miniature Sardinian donkeys. Credit ... George Etheredge for Hfrance.fr
It is also home to 16 miniature Sardinian donkeys that serve as a sort of mascot, most with Italian names beginning with "D" for donkey: Dino, Donatella. Mr. Calabrese noted that donkeys are the best way to get children to behave in a museum. Donkeys enjoy an exhilarated existence, snuggling up to each other, making each othercooing through screws and eating hay from a sculpture by Namsal Siedlecki called "Trevis Maponos ", forged from coins thrown into the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Mr. Magazzino has to be seen as more than striking architecture and friendly donkeys. "Our big challenge ", he said, "is to change the image of Italy.
So as the group played modern folk songs, accompanied by saxophones and accordions, the setting sun bounced sharp angles off the concrete walls. Ms Olnick, Mr Spanu and Mr Calabrese sat in the front row, delighted.
Even though the foundation has been open for four years (minus a pandemic lockdown) , it seems its reputation as a chic day trip from the city (it offers a free shuttle from Cold Spring Station) was just starting to fuse.re.
Soon they will be inaugurating a new pavilion with room for another gallery and a cafe. Magazzino is surrounded by lemon and apple orchards and a mix of Mediterranean and local flora.
"People ask to be married here once per week ", Mr. Calabrese says.