Events May 2021


Nivola Sandscapes at Magazzino Italian Art

May 8, 2021
Through January 10, 2022

Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY, recently opened a special exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Costantino Nivola, Sardinian born and longtime resident of Springs, NY. “Nivola: Sandscapes” explores the artist’s pioneering process of sandcast sculpting. Featuring a selection of approximately 50 works from the early 1950s to the 1970s, including sandcast reliefs, carved concrete sculptures, and rarely seen maquettes of his most important architectural commissions, this focused presentation will examine the artistic process, range of influences, and notable impact that Nivola had on modern urban architecture and design.

“Nivola: Sandscapes” includes rarely seen work from the artist’s family estate as well as major institutional and private loans. The exhibition is curated by Magazzino’s 2020-2021 Scholar-in-Residence, Teresa Kittler, with Chiara Mannarino, and is organized in collaboration with the Nivola Foundation and with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C.

Through January 10, 2022
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Magazzino Italian Art in collaboration with Ilisso is also presenting a short film, available on its website, overviewing the life and practice of Costantino Nivola, focusing on his unique process of sandcast sculpting. Titled “The Sandman,” the film traces Nivola’s early career, from his arrival to New York in 1939, to the creation of his pioneering process of sandcast sculpting and the development of his mature large-scale works that are the focus of the exhibition. Directed by Enrico Pinna and Andrea Mura, and edited by Domenico Palma. Produced by Ilisso and Magazzino Italian Art Foundation with the collaboration of the Costantino Nivola Foundation and sponsorship of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., The Sandman provides further insight into the remarkable career of Costantino Nivola.

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