Museo Nivola, Orani

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Museo Nivola (Nivola Museum in English) in Orani, Sardinia, Italy is an institution devoted to the work of artist Costantino Nivola within the larger context of contemporary art, landscape and living traditions.

The museum was established in 1994, a few years after the death of Nivola (1911-1988), a native of Orani, and has been expanding ever since.

The permanent collection boasts hundreds of sculptural and graphic pieces by Nivola, who played a unique role in 20th century modernism as an artist who worked closely with architects.

Aside from exhibiting Nivola's work, the museum produces temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. These center mainly on the relationship between art, architecture, and landscape, with a special focus on artists and movements that were close to Nivola, whose friends included Le Corbusier, Jackson Pollock, Saul Steinberg, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder and many other protagonists of mid-20th century art.

Orani sits at an altitude of 526 meters, at the foot of Mount Gonare, in the heart of the Barbagia region. Among the notable archaeological sites in the area are approximately 30 nuraghi and several “tombs of the giants”. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Gonare at the crest of the mountain is of particular interest, as is the natural landscape on the road leading up to it. Orani excels in handicrafts. It is famous for its stonework, carpentry, and metalwork, and for tailors specializing in the use of traditional Sardinian velvet.
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  • We were wonderfully surprised by this exceptional contemporary art museum, highlighting the works of artist Costantino Nivola (1911-1988). This modern museum has a stunning and tranquil setting on...  more »
  • A beautiful modern museum filled with sublime work by Constantino Nivola inside and out. Lovely setting overlooking the town of Orani. We spent a few hours there and it was well worth it as part of...  more »
  • A little gem in the heart of Sardinia. The permanent exhibition dedicated to Costantino Nivola consists of about 200 works among sculptures, paintings and drawings. A precious place for those who want to discover or deepen the knowledge of the great artist of Orani. The Place is cared for and managed by passionate and extremely kind staff.
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  • Beautiful and suggestive Museum even without the exhibits. The design and implementation, including furnishings, are really beautiful and modern. The organization exhibits and productions performed with Mastery. You Have to visit it periodically to enjoy the beauty of the exhibits, and the unique atmosphere that you breathe here.
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