Cold Spring Museum Magazzino inaugurates a new building | Museums | Hudson Valley
When Magazine opened in June 2017, “not exactly a museum or gallery”, with 18,000 square feet of exhibition space dedicated exclusively to showcasing and elevating Italian post-war and contemporary art, c was, well…unprecedented, to say the least. Here, on the side of Route 9 outside the quaint upstate village of Cold Spring, in a former farm warehouse-turned-computer-factory-turned-arts warehouse, a collection of Italian art d world-class avant-garde had to be accommodated. I would dare say that at the time it was a small elite in the Hudson Valley who even knew about the Arte Povera movement.
But with free admission, public events and film screenings, a 5,000-volume library, adorable Sardinian donkeys and seemingly bottomless pockets, Magazzino has slowly changed that. Now names like Costantino Nivola, Jannis Kounellis and Giuolio Paolini have entered the local art lexicon, and they are here to stay.
Just like the institution of Magazzino itself, which has just announced the expansion of its campus, by inaugurating the Robert Olnick pavilion. Nestled into the hillside adjacent to the main building, the new pavilion is slated to open in 2023 and will add 13,000 square feet of space to the Italian Art Campus, including a room dedicated to decorative arts, ceramics and jewelry. There will also be a multipurpose room that can be used as an auditorium for screenings, lectures and other events, as well as a café/gift shop.
The multi-level pavilion was designed in the style of the main building, echoing its rectilinear form and cast concrete façade. Careful placement of windows and skylights aims to elicit a thoughtful interaction between art and the environment, both built and natural. The design is a first collaboration between Spanish architects Alberto Campo Baeza and Miguel Quismondowho also worked on the main structure of Magazzino, transforming the original L-shaped building into a rectangle with a central courtyard.
The additional gallery spaces will allow Magazzino to mount temporary exhibitions in addition to permanent installations in their main building, while the auditorium will provide programming space even during the colder months, which the main building of Magazzino lacked. . “We are excited to expand our facilities and welcome even more visitors, strengthening our programming and consolidating our year-round operations in Cold Spring,” said Magazzino Director Vittorio Calabrese.
The 2023 debut of the Robert Olnick Pavilion, named after the art collector father of Magazzino co-founder Nancy Olnick, will also coincide with the launch of a new initiative. “One of the most exciting aspects of the expansion is the opening of our education department, housed in our multipurpose room,” says Calabrese. “We are making a significant investment in the City of Cold Spring, a community that welcomed us so warmly more than five years ago, as well as investing in our audience and visitors throughout the Tristate area.”
Magazzino is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
2700 Route 9 Cold Spring, NY 10516