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Orani, Nivola Museum

Orani, Nivola Museum

Orani, Nivola Museum

The Nivola Museum in Orani is dedicated to the artist Costantino Nivola, to contemporary art, to the landscape and to living traditions. Through its activities, it supports the cultural and economic growth of the local and regional territory. The museum, managed by the homonymous Foundation, was founded in 1995, a few years after the death of Costantino Nivola (Long Island, 1988), and since then it has continued to expand.
It is currently presented as a cultural complex in which art, architecture and nature interact harmoniously thanks also to the park on which the structure is located and the ancient Su Cantaru spring that is located inside it and which still plays a symbolic and functional role for the inhabitants of the town today.
The permanent collection includes hundreds of works of sculpture, painting and graphics by Nivola, an artist who played a leading role in twentieth-century modernism research focused on the relationship between sculpture and architecture. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions and artist residencies linked mainly to the crucial themes touched on by Nivola (relationship between art, architecture and landscape, public art and participation).

Why is it important to visit it
To learn about the history and works of the greatest artist of the Sardinian twentieth century, an important figure in the international context of the synthesis of the arts of the mid-twentieth century, and to visit temporary exhibitions focused mainly on the relationship between art, architecture and landscape, with a special focus on artists and movements close to Nivola, whose circle of friends included Le Corbusier, Jackson Pollock, Saul Steinberg, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder and many others protagonists of the art of modernism.
Some biographical notes to learn more:
Born in Orani in 1911, the sixth of ten children of a bricklayer, Nivola learned his father's trade and then became an apprentice of the painter Mario Delitala. In 1931, a scholarship allowed him to study graphics at the Higher Institute for Artistic Industries in Monza. The architect Giuseppe Pagano, his teacher, involved him in setting up exhibitions such as the 1936 Milan Triennale and the 1937 Paris Expo.
Meanwhile, he became artistic director of Olivetti, a company at the forefront of communication strategies. In 1938, his anti-fascist ideas and his marriage to the Jewish Ruth Guggenheim forced him to leave Italy for Paris and then for the United States. In New York, he worked as an art director for architectural magazines and became a friend and disciple of Le Corbusier.
In his garden house on Long Island in 1950, he invented the sandcasting technique, a method for creating concrete sculptures from sand matrices. The success achieved by his first commission, the Olivetti showroom in New York designed by BBPR, soon led him to become one of the most appreciated sculptors for architecture at a time when the international debate on the synthesis of the arts was raging.
His work, focused on the main themes of the 'mother' and the 'builder', revisits the popular tradition and prehistoric art of Sardinia in modern forms. Other important themes are those of community life, of art as participation and an instrument of civil growth. Starting in the sixties, while continuing his civil commitment to public art, he also dedicated himself to terracotta, creating small-format works for intimate and private subjects. He then returned to the “noble” materials of marble and bronze, with a series of solemn female figures that celebrate the generative power of women and nature.

Structure category: museum, gallery and/or collection

Content type: Arts

Usability: Open

Province: Nuoro

Common: Orani

Macro Territorial Area: Central Sardinia


Address: via Gonare, 2

Telephone: +39 0784 730063




January - December

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

10:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Information on tickets and access: Admission is free for all members of the Nivola Museum. Companion dogs and small animals in general are welcome. You can buy tickets directly from the museum's website by selecting the Buy Ticket button also on the home page.

Access mode: For a fee

Tickets :

  • Integer : 7 €, grownups, .

  • Reduced : 5 €, students with valid identification document, CTS members, DCN Passport holders, groups of at least 10 people., .

  • Freeware : 0 €, minors up to 18 years old, disabled people and their companion, tourist guides registered in the Regional Register, members of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, citizens of Orani, ICOM members., .

Services information: An elevator provides access to the permanent collection. The museum's full accessibility program is being implemented. You can take advantage of guided tours in the morning at 11:30 and in the afternoon at 16:00, guided tours are carried out by reservation for groups of at least 10 people; the cost of the guided tour consists of an integration of euro 2.00 in addition to the ticket price. For educational workshops, it is necessary to contact the museum in advance to choose one or more of the training projects defined by the museum and to book.

Other services: Library-archive, consultancy for cultural projects, conference support, museum-café, internet point.


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