Magazzino Italian Art Foundation Open to the Public Virtually

March 25, 2020

As we collectively navigate these uncharted times, we are finding more reason than ever to foster connection with one another. Community and collaboration is at the heart of what we do here at Magazzino. While our galleries are closed, we want to use this moment of dislocation as an opportunity to bring people together through our shared interest and love for Italian art. Over the coming weeks, we will release new digitally formatted programs, highlighting uplifting, inspirational artworks and members of our creative community. 

Channeling the powerful energy of collaboration, we will launch this series with unpublished documentation of Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance (November 2019). Made possible through joint efforts of Cold Spring residents, this project exemplifies Magazzino’s commitment to provide a platform for people and creativity across generations, cultures, and passions. We will premiere this film on Friday, March 27, 2020 on IGTV and at and will present an interactive Q+A with artist Marinella Senatore and curator Ylinka Barotto on Instagram Live on Saturday, March 28, 2020. 

We are proud to open Magazzino’s virtual doors. Please see a full overview of upcoming programs below. 

In an effort to support artistic community and production during this period of uncertainty, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation will launch Homemade, a new initiative that invites contemporary Italian artists living in New York to create new works of art from their home. This project offers artists, who come from regions across Italy, the opportunity to connect with one another and experiment with new artistic forms. As we all across the globe cultivate a new appreciation for our domestic lives, the participating artists will utilize materials available in their homes to create works on an intimate scale. We will broadcast progress updates of the works directly over Instagram and ultimately the final products, both digitally and in person (when possible). Participating artists include Alessandro Teoldi, Andrea Mastrovito, Beatrice Scaccia, Danilo Correale, Davide Balliano, Francesco Simeti, Luisa Rabbia, and Maria Domenica Rapicavoli.

Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance (Cold Spring, Nov. 2019)
Video Documentation Release on March 27, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on March 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST 

Screening of new video documentation of Marinella Senatore’s processional performance in Cold Spring, NY and presentation of a live Q+A on Instagram with the artist and curator Ylinka Barotto.

Lecture Series: "Una visione globale": Arte Povera's Worlds
Pino Pascali: Between Arte Povera and the Mediterranean
April 4, 2020, 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST on Instagram Live, IGTV and our website
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on April 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Valérie Da Costa addresses the concept of “the Mediterranean” in the practice of Italian artist Pino Pascali. Pascali’s work across a range of materials—including water, mud, fake fur, and steel wool—led to a reconceptualization of sculpture as a medium, as well as the exhibition as a space.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Comizi (1965­–1966): Pop, Protest, and Politics in Early Arte Povera
April 18, 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST on Instagram Live, IGTV and our website
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on April 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Tenley Bick examines Michelangelo Pistoletto’s quadri specchianti (mirror paintings) through investigation of his understudied Comizi (Rallies) series, inspired by the political climate and tumultuous context of mid-1960s Italy. 

Salt and Copper: Stratified Questions and Replies from an Interview with Jannis Kounellis
May 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST on Instagram Live, IGTV and our website
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on May 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Chris Bennett explores Jannis Kounellis’ production through a transnational lens. Based on an interview with the artist conducted in New York City in 2013, the lecture focuses on four insights generated by the discussion, ranging from Kounellis’ self-described “discovery” of an ongoing global “logic” for his work, to his global and conceptual enactment of artwork as perpetually “unfinished.”

Miguel Quismondo: Magazzino
Film available on April 8, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on April 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Providing an in depth look at the creation of Magazzino’s award winning building in Cold Spring, NY, we will share new video documentation, edited by Domenico Palma, of the museum's construction, including interviews and a live Q+A with architect Miguel Quismondo and Manuel Blanco, Dean and Professor at ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University, UPM.

Michelangelo Pistoletto: Walking Sculpture (Cold Spring, November 2017)
Film available on April 24, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on April 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Presentation of a new film by Domenico Palma, Walking Sculpture, a performance by Pistoletto of his Sfera di giornali (Newspaper Sphere) series down the streets of Cold Spring, NY and a live Q+A with Magazzino’s current Scholar-in-Residence Tenley Bick.

Melissa McGill: Red Regatta 
Film available on May 6, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on May 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Premiere of extended film on McGill’s public art project Red Regatta, which activated Venice’s lagoon and canals with large-scale regattas of traditional vela al terzo sailboats hoisted with hand-painted red sails from May–September 2019. The screening will be followed by an artist led Q+A on Instagram Live on the project’s one year anniversary. 

Installing Magazzino
Film available on May 13, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on May 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Presentation of a short movie, edited by Domenico Palma, of a behind the scenes look at installing Magazzino’s first exhibition, Margherita Stein: Rebel With A Cause. This screening will be followed by a live Q+A with the museum’s Collection Manager and Chief Registrar Gabriella Perez and lead art handler and Head Preparator and Facilities Manager Thomas Huber, who led the effort.

Murano Glass
Film release on May 20, 2020
Live Q+A on Instagram Live on May 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

This series will overview the Olnick Spanu glass collection. Starting with a presentation of Murano Glass: Olnick Spanu Collection, a film by Anton Giulio and Siretta Onofri. The film overviews the Murano glass tradition with footage of glass production in the storied factories of Venice and interviews with Nancy Olnick, Giorgio Spanu, and Ferruccio Franzoia, who collaborated with Carlo Scarpa. This screening will be accompanied by images of rare works in the Olnick Spanu collection and a Q&A on Instagram Live with Co-founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu.

Magazzino Publications 
Free, digital versions of all Magazzino produced publications will be accessible on our website via Issuu. Review our catalogs at 

Olnick Spanu Art Program
We will return to the roots of Magazzino Italian Art Foundation with a survey of The Olnick Spanu Art Program. Comprising 10 commissioned site-specific artworks created between 2005-2015 on the grounds of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s residence, designed by architect Alberto Campo Baeza, this series will acquaint audiences with the artists who took part in the program. Each of these installations responds and harmonizes with the natural details of the surrounding Hudson River Valley environment.

Magazzino + Casa Italiana 
Building on Magazzino’s ongoing collaboration with Casa Italiana, we will jointly present new content based on past exhibitions with artists Ornaghi & Prestinari, Alessandro Piangiamore, and Renato Leotta. This series will be accompanied by artist Q+As and new documentation of their projects at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

Music Playlists
Available on Spotify, curated playlists from our creative community will be available to fill your home with uplifting music.  

Collectors Homes
Focusing on the home interiors and personal collections of notable art collectors, we will present a photo series of art collections in situ - starting with Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s residence.

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