Ornaghi & Prestinari Exhibition at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò opening on October 24, 6-8PM |   October 11, 2016

Magazzino Italian ArtNYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana are pleased to present the exhibition

Ornaghi & Prestinari
Curated by Vittorio Calabrese

October 24 – December 9, 2016

Opening Reception:
October 24, 2016, 6-8pm

Mattino (Morning), 2016, painted wood, alabaster sculpture, photograph courtesy of Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana © 2016 Ornaghi & Prestinari.

Based in Milan, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari have worked together since 2009 and have exhibited their work throughout Italy and Europe. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will present a series of new works that will include both sculpture-installations and works on paper and on wood, attesting to the artists’ interest in materials and in new interdisciplinary methods of approach. Blending together pictorial and plastic figuration, reflections on key motifs from 20th century Italian modern art, conceptual art and personal experiences, Ornaghi and Prestinari raise questions about the importance of authorship and craft in a post-artisanal world.

Their practice is centered on the dualities between thinking and acting, focusing particular attention to spontaneous and unpredictable intuitions. Ornaghi and Prestinari are interested in investigating the intimacy of domestic objects: it is under this premise that they transform everyday objects such as a “moka” espresso maker (Mattino, 2016) or a beer bottle (Chapeau, 2016) into alabaster sculptures, thus elevating familiar objects to a higher and new dimension.

Ornaghi & Prestinari will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Magazzino Italian Art which will be presented on November 2, on the occasion of a talk with the artists in the auditorium of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

Venue: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

24 W 12TH Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10011

Mon – Fri: 10am-5pm

Further information can be found here

Magazzino of Italian Art is introduced to the Hudson Valley community by the featured article in the Highlands Current |   September 20, 2016

The Highlands Current announces the launch of Magazzino of Italian Art, an art warehouse and library built by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu of Garrison, NY to house their personal collection of postwar and contemporary Italian art.

Magazzino is located in Cold Spring, NY and will be open in summer 2017 by appointment only and there will be no charge for admission.

The idea is not only to contain the art, but also to share it, to host students and scholars,” said Magazzino’s director, Vittorio Calabrese.

MIA-Magazzino of Italian Art Photograph by Marco Anelli New York, 2016
The new building under construction at Magazzino of Italian Art (Photo by Marco Anelli)

Designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, the complex consists of two buildings, one is the renovated Cyberchron space, the other is new. The buildings are linked by a glass connector and separated by a courtyard. The name Magazzino, which means warehouse in Italian, was deliberately chosen to avoid any association with a museum, galleries or commercial enterprises of any kind and to indicate that it is a private space.

New York Times announces the launch of Magazzino of Italian Art |   September 14, 2016

New York Times announces the launch of Magazzino of Italian Art, a new art warehouse and library in the Hudson Valley devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian art.

Located in Cold Spring, NY, the new space and initiative will be led by Director Vittorio Calabrese. Magazzino will be open in summer 2017 by appointment only and there will be no charge for admission.

MIA-Magazzino of Italian Art Photograph by Marco Anelli New York, 2016
Magazzino Italian Art. Photograph by Marco Anelli

Founded by art advocates Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, Magazzino will house works from the Olnick Spanu Collection.

The new art warehouse conceived and designed by Spanish architect Miguel Garcia Quismondo will feature a permanent collection which will be rotating as well as an extensive library of Italian art.

Magazzino will also host programs for the local community, surrounding universities, art historians and scholars.

As residents of the Hudson Valley community for more than 25 years, Nancy and Giorgio look forward to opening a space that gives access to works of Italian art not previously seen in the United States.