Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini visits Magazzino-sponsored exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute |   October 19, 2017

Magazzino Director Vittorio Calabrese and Italian artist Marco Anelli welcomed the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini on a personal tour of Anelli’s current exhibition “Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino”, on view through November 2 at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

The entourage also included Armando Varricchio, Italian ambassador to the United States; Giorgio Van Straten, director of the Italian Cultural Institute; and Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy in New York.

The Minister is set to give a presentation later this evening at the Consulate General of Italy in New York titled “The Road for Beauty: new opportunities to invest in culture in Italy”, which focuses on the Art Bonus Law passed in Italy in 2014.

Paolo Canevari’s “Souvenir” film selected for 2017 Artecinema Festival |   October 11, 2017

Courtesy of Artecinema © 2017.

Olnick Spanu is pleased to announce the selection of Paolo Canevari’s Souvenir film at this year’s Artecinema International Film Festival. It will be showcased on Saturday, October 21 beginning 6:50 p.m. at the Augusteo Theatre in Naples, Italy.

Directed by Domenico Palma, the film portrays the conception and creation of ‘Souvenir’, Paolo Canevari’s installation commissioned for the 2015 #OlnickSpanuArtProgram as a celebration of its 10th anniversary.

The artist during the construction process of the ‘Souvenir’ artworks.

Born in Rome, Canevari frequently introduces icons of Italian history in his works. Specifically, ‘Souvenir’ pays homage to the she-wolf, the quintessential symbol of the Roman Empire. The work is composed of three sheet-metal silhouettes, taken from three hand-drawn images and printed black.

Through this site-specific work, the artist achieves a connection between Italy and the U.S., placing the Roman she-wolf on the grounds of the striking Hudson Valley.

The final installations in Garrison, NY. Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2017.
Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2017.

Olnick Spanu founders of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, New York, visited Musei Civici in Cagliari, Sardinia |   August 17, 2017

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu sign the guest book in the presence of Paola Mura, Director of Cagliari’s Musei Civici, after their visit of the current exhibition “Landscape and identity. Stories of places, women and men. The great Magnum reporters in Sardinia.”

On view at Palazzo di Città, the former Town Hall, from July 21 to November 26, 2017, the exhibition is enriched with a selection of artworks from the main corpus of the permanent collection, which includes artists such as Maria Lai, Foiso Fois, Aligi Sassu, Melkiorre Melis, Constantino Nivola and Pinuccio Sciola, to name a few.

The exhibition, curated by Musei Civici di Cagliari and Ilisso Publishers of Nuoro, with the installation by Paola Mura and Antonello Cuccu, highlights Magnum Photos, one of the most prestigious photo agencies in the world, in a show dedicated to pictures captured in Sardinia by its most famous reporters including: Henri Cartier-Bresson and David Seymour—Magnum founders—Bruno Barbey, Werner Bischof, Leonard Freed, and Ferdinando Scianna.

Comprised of 70 images shot between WWII and the 1960s, the display is part of the Cagliari Paessaggio Festival, an initiative to highlight the dynamic relationship between man and land in the dialogue between landscape, culture, art and history.

In Memory of Claudio Abate (1943-2017) |   August 4, 2017

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of renowned Italian photographer Claudio Abate on August 3, 2017, in his native city of Rome.

Claudio Abate

A critical figure in the arts scene of 1960s and ’70s Italy, he leaves behind a legacy of numerous photographs that poignantly captured the relationship between lens, artist, and artwork.

In one of the last interviews given by Abate in 2016 for Artribune, he stated:”I do not just look at the work, I look at the artist. Or rather, I look at how the artist looks at the work. I commence from there, then I take a photo. I have always looked at the artist’s point of view: this is my method of work.”

Portrait of Jannis Kounellis, 1989. Photo by Claudio Abate.

The photographer gained immense reputation at an early age, with the subjects of his works including high-profile names such as Mario Mafai, Mario Schifano, Federico Fellini and Carmelo Bene. Perhaps his most widely-known photographs are those of Gino de Dominicis’ 1970 “Lo Zodiaco” show, as well as “Portrait of Jannis Kounellis,” 1989 (pictured).

A service in memorandum will be held in Rome on Monday, August 7, at 10 p.m. at the Church of the Artists in Piazza del Popolo.

 

Gazzetta di Modena in conversation with Magazzino Italian Art founders on Sauro Bocchi |   August 4, 2017

Gazzetta di Modena’s Stefano Luppi paid homage yesterday to the late Sauro Bocchi, acclaimed gallerist and collector, in an interview with Magazzino Italian Art founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu.

Sauro Bocchi.

The feature highlights the fundamental role Bocchi played for Nancy and Giorgio in terms of discovering the 1960s Arte Povera movement. A knowledgeable figure with a keen eye, he ignited the couple’s curiosity for Contemporary Italian art, leading them to research the movement and begin collecting major pieces from the artists associated with it.

Over the years, their professional and personal bond would come to inspire the conceptualization of a new art space fit to house these monumental pieces, whose nature calls for an ample and versatile display environment: Magazzino Italian Art.

 

 

 

 

Magazzino Italian Art celebrates one month since its inaugural opening on June 28, 2017 |   August 1, 2017

Having opened its doors on June 28, Magazzino Italian Art celebrates one month since the opening of its inaugural exhibition Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause.

Its inaugural exhibition has received positive feedback not only from visitors of the local community and the tri-state area, but also those coming from overseas. Several publications have warmly welcomed Magazzino Italian Art, creating inquisitive excitement around the exhibition, the building, and its mission.

Magazzino of Italian Art. Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2017.

Read Magazzino’s first review by Clayton Press on Arteviste, as well as browse highlights from Magazzino’s international press coverage below:

US Press

Artnet News: Behind One Couple’s Quest to Build an Unlikely Shrine to Italian Art in the Hudson Valley

Galerie Magazine: Magazzino Italian Art Opens in the Hudson Valley

Mousse Magazine: “Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause” at Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York

The Art Newspaper: ‘Warehouse’ of Italian art comes to Hudson Valley

The Highlands Current: Italian Art Space Opens in Philipstown

The New York Times: A Homage to Italian Arte Povera, Along the Hudson

The Putnam County News: Magazzino Italian Art Previews to Raves

Italian Press

Artribune: Apre vicino a New York Magazzino. Intervista Giorgio Spanu e Nancy Olnick

Doppiozero (Italian version): I guardiani dell’arte Italiana

Doppiozero (English version): Contemporary patrons. A conversation with Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu

Il Giornale dell’Arte: C’era una volta in Italia

La Stampa: Il Magazzino Italian Art sull’Hudson apre nel nome di Christian Stein

Living: Magazzino Italian Art

Spanish Press

ABC Cultura: La otra <<milla de los museos>> de Nueva York está en el campo

EFE: Magazzino, el primer espacio de “arte povera” en Nueva York ideado por un español

El Mundo: El primer museo diseñado por un español en Nueva York abre sus puertas

El País: Arte pobre para un almacén de ricos

Olivia Salvadori releases ‘Isola’ contemporary music video |   June 7, 2017

Italo-Australian operatic singer Olivia Salvadori reveals her contemporary music video for ‘Isola,’ one of the songs from her album released earlier this year titled “Dare Voce.”

Ms. Salvadori’s new album verges on the brink of experimental avant-garde. It is the collaborative brainchild between the artist and London-based composer Sandro Mussida, who works with mixing compositional choices between classical and electronic music. “Dare Voce” looks at fusing the singer’s classically-trained soprano voice with diverse sounds including electronic, rock, jazz music and more.

The new video for ‘Isola’ is directed by American filmmaker Dustin Lynn, whose works have been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, among others.

‘Isola’ showcases dancer Brittany Bailey, who performs an abstract and lyrical dance on the grounds of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s property in Garrison, NY. Here, we see the protagonist on a labyrinth floor designed by Nancy Olnick.

A piece by the singer’s father, Remo Salvadori (an Olnick Spanu Art Program artist), makes an appearance on-screen; it is that of a white marble cube with the infamous Ram Dass saying “Be Here Now” sandblasted in 6 different languages on each side. It is strategically placed near the maze in order to remind the viewer to be in the moment.

“Dare Voce” can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

Flavio Favelli to open pop-up ‘anti-shop’ in concurrence with the 57th Venice Biennale |   May 8, 2017

Contemporary Italian artist Flavio Favelli will open a temporary, “metaphysical” shop to the public located at the Fondamenta S. Anna on the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale starting today, May 9 through May 14, 2017.

The shop aims at being a space between exhibit and commercial, yet is a far cry from a normal store—this ‘anti-shop’ offers a selection of works at a price of 20 Euros each. Departing from the common market modalities, times and prices, the project looks at emphasizing the now-vintage qualities of a time when outmoded ideas, concepts and objects could keep a business afloat.

Flavio Favelli, 57th Venice Biennale, Pop-up store, Contemporary Italian art
Flavelli’s pop-up store location in Venice, Italy.

“A store consisting of unique and exclusive things that are also cheap could only be a work of art,” Flavelli said.

In most of his works, Flavio Favelli focuses on employing pieces of everyday-life and elevating them to high art. This process is not through the distortion of the object itself, but through the amplification of its functional characteristics and as an icon of a past routine, unconsciously intertwined to that of the present.

“Ytalia: Energia Pensiero Bellezza,” Florence’s new Italian Contemporary art collective to open this summer |   May 2, 2017

The City of Florence—in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery, Opera di Santa Croce, and Museo Marino Marini—announces “Ytalia: Energia Pensiero Bellezza,” one of the biggest collective Italian Contemporary art displays to date starting June 2 through October 1, 2017.

The event, conceived by world-renowned curator Sergio Risaliti, features key works by members of the 1960s Arte Povera movement including: Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Jannis Kounnellis, Luciano Fabro, Alighiero Boetti and Giulio Paolini. Collating the transgression of time between then and now, contemporary Olnick Spanu Art Program artists Remo Salvadori, Domenico Bianchi and Marco Bagnoli will expose exclusive, site-specific works for this exhibition.

Giotto's Bell Tower, Florence, Italy.
Florence from the view of Giotto’s Campanile in the city center.

“Ytalia is a great challenge for Florence: we gear up Forte Belvedere for another season of contemporary art with these 12 works by the greatest artists of our time but above all, we interlink eight extraordinary spaces including museums, gardens and places of civil and religious architecture, where the past coincides with the contemporary, for a unique participatory experience for Florentines and visitors alike,” said the City Mayor Dario Nardella.

Major historical landmarks across the city will host these pieces including: Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Galleries, Basilica di Santa Croce, the Boboli Gardens, and Fort Belvedere, amongst others. This is an effort to create dialogue between the Florence of the Renaissance—a time when the city played a dominant role in the arts, patronism, and politics—with that of today; Italy has always been an important player in the international art scene, and the city aims to renew itself as a hub for Contemporary Italian art.

Alighiero Boetti, Mappe, 1983.
Alighiero Boetti, Lasciare il certo per l’incerto e viceversa, 1983.

While the pieces in this new display may not seem to have much in common at first glance, “Ytalia” focuses on finding the scope and connections of each work in relation to time, history and personal stories. The project highlights the evolution of comparisons and dialectical relations between the artists, as well as the common traits, shared values and substantial differences that underline them all. Most importantly, it celebrates the history of Italian art, in which Individualism continues to predominate today in an even greater experimental fashion.

Stefano Arienti discusses his artistic ideology, ‘Antipolvere’ contemporary art exhibitions |   April 25, 2017

In an interview published last Friday by Contemporary art critic and historian Leonardo Regano, Olnick Spanu Art Program artist Stefano Arienti—who created La Biblioteca (Library) for the Garrison house in 2012—discussed his late artistic background, as well as his ideology on rejuvenating the art of the past through mass consumerism products. This is the main theme of his current exhibition aptly titled Antipolvere (Anti-Dust), now on display at the Civic Gallery of Modena, Italy, through July 16, 2017.

La Biblioteca, Stefano Arienti, Olnick Spanu Art Program
La Biblioteca by Stefano Arienti (b. 1961), 2012, Olnick Spanu Art Program. Photo by Marco Anelli © 2016.

Antipolvere is a collective of Arienti’s works created since the middle of the new millennium. Curated by Daniele de Luigi and Serena Goldoni, it showcases the rich juxtaposition between his conceptions of courtly subjects depicted on generic, everyday materials such as photocopies, wrapping paper, comic books and phone directories.

“I’m enraptured by these widespread, everyday consumer products and the idea of recovering their precise characteristics as such in order to see the rapport they have with art and its creation,” Arienti said.

Nancy, Stefano Arienti, Comic book, contemporary art
Nancy by Stefano Arienti (b. 1961), 2012, comic book. Photo by Marco Anelli © 2016.

Due to his late blossoming as an artist, he considers himself to be an autodidact whose techniques and stylings flourished on the job. His pieces tend to collaborate with the audience and space, giving a new meaning to each installation every time they are displayed.

Looking back at the beginnings of the Contemporary art movement, Arienti sees a shift between then and now in the way this type of art is viewed.

“If you ask me what has changed in this rapport today, I can tell you that people didn’t truly know what Contemporary art was a few years ago; this brought a kind of distrust in the interaction that today is less seen. We could say that Contemporary art has almost become a daily presence, a mass phenomenon.”