The new space is designed by the architect Miguel Quismondo and will be under the direction of Vittorio Calabrese. Located along the Hudson River in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino (www.magazzino.org) is slated to open in 2017, admission will be free however accessible by appointment only.
Magazzino draws architectural components from an existing structure, which has been repurposed within a larger design conceived and led by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo (www.miguelquismondo.com). Quismondo has doubled the square footage of the former space by completing the original L-shape into a rectangle, leaving a courtyard in the center, and creating a dialogue between the existing and the new addition. The state of the art facility will feature more than 18,000 square feet for art display and a library, which will feature publications on Italian art and will be accessible free of charge, by appointment to residents, students and scholars.
Magazzino of Italian Art
Location: Cold Spring, New York
Client: Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu
Architect and Construction Management: Miguel Quismondo, AIA
Project Architect: Jesús Aparicio Alfaro
Foreman: Mario Gregorio
Area: 2200 m2
“The project pays tribute to its name by reiterating its integrity as an industrial warehouse,” explains architect Miguel Quismondo. “The existing building has been striped to its basic components, while the addition is built with structural cast-in-place concrete and metal girders, creating a modulated repetition. The balance of natural light, the contrasting shell and versatile height of the new component establishes a harmonious dialogue between the existing and the addition.”
Magazzino, the new art space, will house and draw from the Olnick Spanu Collection (www.olnickspanu.com), one of the most expansive collections of Postwar Italian art in the U.S. In development since the 1990s, the collection is centered around works by conceptual and contemporary Italian artists, with a strong focus on the artists associated with the Arte Povera movement. While living in Rome, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu began a lifelong exploration of the Arte Povera movement, a radically avant-garde and distinctly Italian conceptual art movement which emerged in the 1960s and has continued to influence generations of contemporary artists. Studying the movement in-depth, Nancy and Giorgio decided to devote their collecting exclusively to Italian art. In 2003, the couple established an artist residency program at their property located in Garrison, NY. For more than a decade, the founders have invited artists to create site-specific installations as part of the Olnick Spanu Art Program, contributing to the next generation and legacy of Italian contemporary art.
Featuring more than 400 works of Italian Art that range from the 1950s through the present, highlighted artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection include Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Gilberto Zorio. In addition, the Olnick Spanu Collection is also comprised of an extensive collection of Murano glass. The collection features more than 500 pieces of Murano glass from 1910–2010 and has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Following the completion of Magazzino, a publication will be launched on a photographic project, documenting the construction of Magazzino from start to finish, by photographer Marco Anelli. Anelli’s works portray the workers on site through the realization of the architect’s design that transformed a space originally designed as a farmers’ warehouse—then a dairy distribution center and most recently a rugged computer factory—into a space dedicated to Italian art. Beginning in summer 2017, Magazzino will join the thriving arts scene of Hudson Valley and will feature a range of educational programming for the local community. The new art warehouse space will be available as an academic resource to those who visit, the surrounding schools and members of the local community.
Magazzino Co-founder Nancy Olnick states, “As residents of the Hudson Valley community for 25 years, we knew we wanted to not only open a space to share our beloved works and appreciation for art with others, but to do so here in this vibrant community as an opportunity to give back. Furthermore, we are happy to open the warehouse as a resource to the local schools in the area. Inspired by the dedication and vision of Margherita Stein, founder of the historical Galleria Christian Stein in Turin, Italy, and one of the pioneers of the Arte Povera movement, we hope to continue Stein’s legacy in the U.S. by sharing these works that have been important in our lives.”
Director Vittorio Calabrese comments, “Magazzino will soon join the thriving Hudson Valley arts community. From the Olnick Spanu Art program to their own personal relationships with artists in their collection, Nancy and Giorgio are true supporters of the arts. Our goal is for Magazzino to be a place to encounter major works of Italian Postwar and Contemporary art, as well as a site for researchers to utilize its library, archive, and collection. The space will house works by both artists associated with the Arte Povera movement and contemporary Italian artists. By fostering a discussion about Italian art, we aim to undo its long neglect in the American institutional context.”
The new warehouse draws architectural components from an existing structure which has been repurposed within a larger design conceived and led by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo. Quismondo has doubled the square footage of the former Cyberchron space by completing the original L-shape into a rectangle, leaving a courtyard in the center, and creating a contrast between the existing and the new addition, while preserving the character of the original building. Magazzino’s space is situated in the rolling hills of Hudson Valley and will feature more than 18,000 square feet of exhibition space for the permanent collection, an art library, and an orchard. The Magazzino library will feature publications on Italian art and will be accessible to residents, students and scholars. Magazzino will also have a range of educational programming for the local community.
Magazzino will join as a new private entity in the arts scene of Hudson Valley which came to prominence during the 19th century in the era of the Hudson River School. Magazzino is honored to neighbor prominent institutions including Boscobel, Dia:Beacon, Manitoga, Putnam History Museum and Storm King Art Center, and will be available as an academic resource to those who visit, the surrounding schools and members of the local community.
Born and raised in Spain, Miguel Quismondo, AIA, received his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic School in Madrid and developed his career in the United Sates, first at Perkins+Will and later collaborating with Spanish based architect, Alberto Campo Baeza, in the construction of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s Garrison house. Over the past decade Quismondo has worked for Olnick Spanu on the design, construction and management of the house, the Olnick Spanu Art Program, and Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s latest project, Magazzino. Quismondo holds a Master’s degrees in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and Construction Management from NYU. Quismondo’s work has been issued in La Biennale di Venezia, Architectural Record, A+U, and Casabella, among other publications.