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IN CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTORS OF MUSEO DI NIVOLA
Placing contemporary art in a traditional environment is not an easy task – but in Orani on Sardinia in Italy, a small town that sits at the foot of Mont Gonare, Antonella Camarda and Giuliana Altea are doing just that. Museo di Nivola is an institution dedicated to the work of the Italian-American creative genius, Constantino Nivola.
Established in 1994, just prior to the death of its namesake, the museum and community space has garnered international acclaim – and the attention all 20,000 of its town’s inhabitants.
Sardinian-born Constantino spent much of his life in the US – ever searching for new ways to represent both a local and global vision through his work. The same can today be said for the foundation and museum that bare his name. Since taking over as directors, Antonella and Giuliana have reimagined the museum as an important cultural institution – its beautiful public park and gallery space are exceptional examples of how to marry tradition and craft with modern vision. When asked to explain
how it all began, Antonella says simply; ‘We just didn’t know where to stop.’ We sat down with the two remarkable women to hear the story of the artist, and his museum. Museo di Nivola and its surroundings provide ample reason for a visit. And you’ll find Museo di Nivola just an hour’s drive west of SENTIDO Orosei Beach.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARTIST?
HOW DID YOU END UP RUNNING THE FOUNDATION?
As art historians we started researching Nivola as part of our studies together. It was a lot of work, as no one had done large scale research on the artist, or had accessed his archive before. We got in touch with his family in Boston and the more we found out about him, the more impressed we were by his work.
It was at this time that the Nivola Foundation was going through a difficult period – the government had cut funding and the museum was going to close. We started supporting them by finding funding, and helping to cut expenses. Eventually they asked us to take over all creative and logistical responsibility!
Placing contemporary art in a traditional environment is not an easy task – but in Orani, a small town that sits at the foot of Mont Gonare, Antonella Camarda and Giuliana Altea are doing just that.
Museo di Nivola is an institution dedicated to the work of the Italian-American creative genius, Constantino Nivola. Established in 1994, just prior to the death of its namesake, the museum and community space has garnered international acclaim – and the attention all 20,000 of its town’s inhabitants.
WHO WAS CONSTANTINO NIVOLA?
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HIS DEVELOPMENT AS AN ARTIST?
Nivola was born in 1911 and raised in Orani but he fled fascism for France, and later America. He was originally trained as a painter and graphic designer – but he always had a strong interest in architecture as well. During his time in New York he became friends with Le Corbusier, and mixed with the avant-gard art scene. This massively influenced his creative work. Back then he wasn’t taken seriously as an artist, but he was perceived as a cultural mediator between different milieus – everyone loved him
on a personal level. The human aspect was always the center of Nivola’s work – be it in his sculptures, paintings or weavings, he was obsessed with the idea of connecting the citizens of Orani to one another.
WHAT INFLUENCE DID YOU HAVE ON THE MUSEO NIVOLA?
WHAT DID YOU CHANGE?
The museum itself opened 1994 with more than 200 donations by the artist’s widow, Ruth Guggenheim. It was always a beautiful collection, but not very flexible; a monographic museum devoted to the cult of the dead artist. Today the museum serves as an important place to connect the local community, inside and outside of the arts. We host other artist’s work beside Nivola, to put his practice into context.
Besides that, we organise communal artistic and nonartistic activities like olive harvesting, the occasional party and we also offer residencies for performance artists. The museum is an institutional space, but one that is very open and connects the community. In a way, we are pursuing Nivola’s dream.