This summer, the highly anticipated new site for Post War and Contemporary Italian Art opened in the Hudson Valley. Magazzino for Italian Art is a private warehouse space located in the idyllic town of Cold Springs, NY. An impressive institution, the modernist structure offers over 18,000 square feet of exhibition space, founded by the collectors Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, a pair who have been deeply involved in collecting Italian art for more than three decades. The focus of the collection celebrates pieces from the 1960’s through to today and highlights the close relationship the couple has fostered with a number of Arte Povera artists, or their respective estates, as well as a number of artists that have since followed.
To mirror the mission of Magazzino, the Inaugural exhibition Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause closely investigates the relationship the gallerist, Margherita Stein, forged with many of the Arte Povera artists she championed from her outpost Christian Stein, the Turin based gallery she founded in 1966. With more than 70 works exhibited, including from masters such as Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Iannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto among others, the inaugural show commemorates these artists.
With great fervor looking ahead to future exhibitions, Magazzino for Italian Art will exhibit works from the celebrated OlnickSpanu Collection, most of which has never been exhibited in the United States.
Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause opened on June 28, 2017.