International Museum of Grafica - Library “Alessandro Appella” - Atelier chalcographic “Guido Strazza”

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Thirty thousand books and 1350 prints by some of the most important contemporary artists are housed at the MIG, the Interna- tional Museum of Graphics. The museum is known for its excellence across the villages of the Pollino National Park, including Castronuovo di Sant’Andrea, and the entire Basilicata region. In the Museum-Library, the past (Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Bonnard, Picasso, Mirò) is reinterpreted in a mul- ti-faceted way, to better understand the present (Maccari, Melotti, Marino, Accardi). Accurate educational activities are also carried out.

Moreover, the village of Castronuovo boasts two hundred Nativity scenes from all over the world. Housed in the Museo Internazionale del Presepio Vanni Scheiwiller (International Nativity Scene Museum), these artworks come from the collection
of Vanni Scheiwiller, a famous Milanese publisher and that of Giuseppe Appella, an art historian from Castronuovo.

Since August 2017, the four existing cultu- ral centres have been joined by the Museo della Vita e delle Opere di Sant’Andrea Avellino (museum of the life and works of Saint Andrea Avellino). The museum is a treasure trove of relics, books, paintings, drawings and graphic works, which narrate the historical and theological story of this saint, born in Castronuovo and intimate friend of Saint Carlo Borromeo and Saint Filippo Neri.

The National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art in Basilicata

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The national museum of medieval and modern art in Basilicata is located in Palazzo Lanfranchi, a monumental palace commissioned around the 17th century by Archbishop Vincenzo Lanfranchi to host the city’s seminary. The museum boasts three galleries: Sacred art, D’Errico Collection and Contemporary Art, which are housed in halls on the first floor of the building.

On the ground floor, the Sala Levi keeps the panoramic mural ‘Lucania ‘61’, made by Carlo Levi on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the Italian Unification.


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The only cave-museum in the world and important exhibition venue entirely dedicated to sculpture, the MUSMA narrates the story of Italian and international sculpture from the end of 1800s to present day. The collection contains donations made by artists, collectors, art dealers and critics to the Fondazione Zètema of Matera, which is the museum’s organising body.

The MUSMA is housed in Palazzo Pomarici, a 16th-century building with deeply recessed caves, where you will discover the amazing combination of centuries-old, man-made rock caves, with contemporary sculpture.

The Pinacoteca Provinciale of Potenza

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Located near the Provincial Archaeological Museum, in the old town district of Santa Maria, the Pinacoteca Provinciale of Potenza (Potenza public art gallery) houses very interesting exhibitions.

Currently you can visit the temporary exhibition of paintings and sculptures dedicated to Concetto Valente, which includes part of the collection of paintings and sculptures owned by the Province of Potenza, featuring works of art dating back to the 19th century. Among the artists, really noteworthy are Di Chirico, Brando, Tedesco, Mona and La Creta.

The exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists such as Guerricchio, Claps and Squitieri. The room dedicated to the 20th century hosts artworks by Carlo Levi, Fausto Pirandello and Renato Guttuso. A permanent collection dedicated to the artist Rocco Falciano, born in Potenza, has been recently set up at the ground floor, thanks to the donation of the artist’s most significant works by his family.

Learn more on the website of the province of Potenza

The City Gallery and Cappella dei Celestini in Potenza

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Included among the most important exhibition spaces of the regional capital, thanks to their significant architectural and historical value, they are both located within the art historical and splendid building of Palazzo Loffredo.

The building that hosts the city gallery, which also includes the Cappella dei Celestini, is considered to be one of the rare examples of noble palaces in Potenza.

Both usually host figurative arts exhibitions and collections of Italian and European artists, always attracting a significant number of visitors.

Pinacoteca D'Errico in Palazzo San Gervasio

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In 2014, the Pinacoteca D’Errico celebrated its centenary. The Pinacoteca is located in Palazzo San Gervasio, in the rooms chosen by Camillo D’Errico, a noble Lucanian patron and passionate collector, to host his own collection.

The exhibition is divided in three sections, strongly interconnected: the first one boasts some of the most famous works if his collection, masterpieces of the Neapolitan painting tradition dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries; the second includes a significant series of engraved illustrations, mainly dating back to the 19th century, which have been collected over the years by D’Errico; the third section features 31 antique books, valuable ‘jewels’ of an extraordinary cultural heritage.

The incredible value of the artistic treasures held by the Pinacoteca is further enhanced by the archaeological exhibition “I guerrieri di Palazzo” (“the warriors of the Palace”), where several remains found during recent expeditions and other extraordinary artefacts are displayed.