Our Mission: a Message from the Founders

“As art lovers and advocates, it has always been our mission to create further recognition of Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art in the United States. To accomplish this goal, we founded Magazzino Italian Art, an art warehouse located in Cold Spring, NY, in which we exhibit the work of a variety of Italian artists.

Our passion for art and architecture has inspired us to explore as well as gather a significant collection of Italian Art from the Arte Povera movement from the 1960s to the present day.

We consider Arte Povera to be the last avant-garde movement of the 20th century. The main challenge we face is how best to inform the American public about the historical background from which this art movement emerged. Understanding the socio-cultural, political radicalization of the time, and the impact of the economic and industrial boom occurring in Italy during the 1960s is paramount to fully appreciating the value of these works.

Arte Povera is a distinctly Italian movement and, though each artist had his own unique way to express themselves, many drew from the history of the quintessential Italian art, mythology, science and the processes of nature, as well as the role of the artist.

Magazzino Italian Art will also continue to sponsor both contemporary Italian artists and international artists whose work is strongly tied to the Italian culture and artistic heritage through off-site events and collaborations with external art venues.

It is also our intention to provide researchers, students, scholars and visitors with an extensive library of over 5000 books and archival material that will be available for use on site.

We hope that Magazzino Italian Art will become a unique destination. The challenges we face are varied and many, but we intend to persevere in order to give Italian Art, both past and present, the recognition it truly merits.”

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu