Postwar art, Aperol spritzers and Sardinian donkeys astatine the Magazzino Italian Art depository successful New York.
Oct. 13, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET
On a breezy Saturday past month, Vittorio Calabrese, the manager of the Magazzino Italian Art depository successful Cold Spring, N.Y., stood onstage successful the courtyard to present the past lawsuit of the summer, a performance by the instrumentalist Sam Reider and his set the Human Hands.
The prima was starting to set, and a fewer stragglers of the sold-out assemblage recovered their seats. Most of the concertgoers were dressed casually successful denim jackets and oversize oxford shirts. But Mr. Calabrese, a autochthonal of Irpinia, Italy, wore a bluish suit, loafers and, for a interaction of sprezzatura, the Italian conception of nonchalant style, striped socks with respective inches visible. Mr. Reider, helium said, was going to play a opus inspired by Ennio Morricone successful the contented of the American execution ballad.
It wasn’t precisely “Volare,” but that has ne'er been the constituent of the foundation. “The biggest situation is to debar stereotypes of Italy,” Mr. Calabrese said. “People deliberation they volition find Renaissance oregon Baroque oregon past art, but we are not — and Italy is not — what the mean American would deliberation it is. Most of this creation was chartless successful this country.”
The foundation, which is astir an hour’s thrust northbound of Manhattan, is dedicated to Italian creation of the postwar period, opening with the Arte Povera question that began successful Turin successful the 1960s and continuing with modern artists.
“We don’t person paintings, and we don’t person figuration,” said Mr. Calabrese, who lives successful Beacon, N.Y., and the Fort Greene conception of Brooklyn.
Instead, visitors volition find “Altri Venti-Ostro,” by Bruna Esposito, a portion astir aerial conditioning and metropolis surviving successful the signifier of an outdoor gazebo made of bamboo canes and hemp enactment and vessel propellers. Giulio Paolini’s “Il cielo e dintorni” consists of 18 achromatic flags printed with depictions of the sky, arsenic imagined by artists moving from the Renaissance to today, including Yves Klein, J.M.W. Turner and Raphael. There is simply a elephantine solid thumbnail by Giuseppe Penone.
Magazzino was conceived and founded by Giorgio Spanu, an capitalist who grew up successful Sardinia, and Nancy Olnick, who comes from a real-estate processing household successful Manhattan.
“On our 3rd day helium invited maine to his location for dinner,” Ms. Olnick said. “I bring this wine, and helium goes, ‘Where’d you find this wine?’” She wore astir identical tiny circular glasses arsenic her husband, and arsenic she spoke, helium pulled retired “La Muséologie Selon Georges Henri Rivière,” a publication by a French museologist. “And helium proceeded to hole this repast that was exquisite — the wine, the repast and the discussion,” Ms. Olnick said.
Together they collected capable Italian creation to capable a backstage museum. Magazzino opened successful June 2017 with a amusement of Margherita Stein’s contributions to Arte Povera. During the pandemic, their at-home programming included a streamed treatment “BLAQ•IT: Representing Blackness successful Italy” with the student Fred Kuwornu.
Before the performance determination was aperitivo hour, arsenic 1 does successful Italy. “We are uncovering ways to prosecute with artists beyond ocular arts,” said Mr. Spanu, arsenic helium surveyed the dispersed of herb jam and flatbread and goat food tarts and gangly glasses of assorted spritzes.
The archetypal hint that Magazzino, which means warehouse successful Italian, is not a spot wherever visitors volition find Da Vincis whitethorn beryllium the gathering itself: a 20,000-square-foot factual Brutalist abstraction designed by the Spanish designer Miguel Quismondo with 8 galleries, a courtyard for concerts and movie screenings, and a probe center.
It is besides location to 16 miniature Sardinian donkeys that service arsenic a benignant of mascot, astir with Italian names that statesman with “D” for donkey: Dino, Donatella. Mr. Calabrese noted that the donkeys are the champion mode to get children connected a depository sojourn to behave. The donkeys bask an exalted existence, nuzzling with each other, getting cooed astatine by visitors and eating hay from a sculpture by Namsal Siedlecki called “Trevis Maponos,” forged from coins tossed into the Trevi Fountain successful Rome.
Still, Mr. Calabrese wanted Magazzino to beryllium seen arsenic much than conscionable striking architecture and affable donkeys. “Our large challenge,” helium said, “is changing the representation of Italy.”
As the set played modern people songs, accompanied by saxophones and accordions, the mounting prima bounced crisp angles connected the factual walls. Ms. Olnick, Mr. Spanu and Mr. Calabrese sat successful the beforehand row, rapt.
Even though the instauration has been unfastened for 4 years (minus a pandemic lockdown), it seems arsenic if its estimation arsenic a chic time travel from the metropolis (it offers a escaped shuttle from the Cold Spring bid station) was conscionable starting to coalesce.
Soon they volition interruption crushed connected a caller pavilion with country for different assemblage and a cafe. Magazzino is surrounded by orchards with lemons and apples and a premix of Mediterranean and section flora.
“People petition to get joined present erstwhile each week,” Mr. Calabrese said.