“The Robert Olnick Pavilion at Magazzino Italian Art is now open to the public, greatly expanding the offerings on the landscaped campus in Cold Spring, New York with special exhibitions in this new, freestanding 13,000-square-foot building. While the original, 20,000-square-foot building from 2017 will remain dedicated to the Arte Povera movement, which is central to the museum’s renowned Olnick Spanu Collection, the pavilion provides space for Magazzino to range more widely through modern and contemporary Italian art and present significant works on loan. Offering Magazzino an additional two floors of gallery and education space, as well as a café and museum store, the Robert Olnick Pavilion is designed by Alberto Campo Baeza and Miguel Quismondo, the latter being the architect for Magazzino’s original building.
Visitors to the pavilion will be welcomed by a trio of inaugural special exhibitions: a rare survey of trailblazing work from the 1960s and ‘70s by painter Mario Schifano (1934–1998), a focused installation of paintings and sculpture by Ettore Spalletti (1940–2019), and a selection of masterpieces of Murano glass by Carlo Scarpa (1906–1978) from the Olnick Spanu collection.” — Magazzino Italian Art
Mario Schifano: The Rise of the ‘60s is the first major survey of work from the 1960s and ‘70s. On view are eighty works, the great majority on loan from international collections. The exhition was organized by Magazzino Italian Art in collaboration with the Archivio Mario Schifano and curated by Alberto Salvadori, through January 8, 2024.
Ettore Spalletti: Parole di colore is specially conceived for the new pavilion by Fondazione Ettore Spalletti and Alberto Salvadori in collaboration with architect Alberto Campo Baeza. Featuring five works by Spalletti, the project is installed in Gallery 2, an isotropic room built as a perfect cube, in which each wall is punctured by a single square window, through January 8, 2024.
Carlo Scarpa: Timeless Masterpieces, a selection of fifty-six Murano glassworks from the Olnick Spanu Collection. Curated by Marino Barovier, the exhibition reconstructs the creative journey of the architect from 1926 to 1947, a period during which he collaborated with the two most prominent Murano glassmakers of the time: M.V.M. Cappellin & Co. and Venini, through March 31, 2025.
Title image: Robert Olnick Pavilion, Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, NY. Photo by William Mulvihill. Courtesy MQ Architecture.