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MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture

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Gabriel H wrote a review Nov 2019
Bellaire, Texas7,014 contributions887 helpful votes
A relatively young museum, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture Matera was the child of the La Scaletta Club, which presented art shows of the Matera area for decades before the museum was created. MUSMA focuses on contemporary sculptures, not only local, but national and international. Drawings, jewelry, medals and other works of art are also part of the collection. Cascella, Coronese, Masini, Matta, Consagra and Campbellotti are among the many artists shown. Located in the heart of the Sassi di Matera, in the 16th century Palazzo Pomarici, it is a prime example of Matera "architecture", with much of the building carved out of the rock, and the facade and other parts added externally. It provides the perfect background for the exhibits. In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibits are offered throughout the year. MUSMA is closed on Mondays and some Holidays. During the summer, in addition to the regular hours, an after noon session is added, between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. A token entrance fee is charged, with discounts for children, seniors and others. Don't miss this museum if you enjoy contemporary art, especially sculpture.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ester wrote a review Nov 2019
Bologna, Italy40 contributions8 helpful votes
Rich contemporary sculptures (and not only) collection in a unique location, stunning caves. You can find a large variety of artists like Antonietta Raphaël, Maria Lai, Emilio Isgrò, Medardo Rosso. The bookshop is well stocked.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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crs89 wrote a review Oct 2019
Boston, Massachusetts10 contributions
I arrived in the late afternoon and had the place to myself. Going deep into some of the caves was a bit spooky but the atmosphere only added to the adventure. If you like modern art and sculpture and you find yourself in Matera (one of the oldest cities in the world), this is a must see.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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antiques223 wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York1,212 contributions134 helpful votes
We were excited to see this museum and looking forward to our visit. In all honesty, though, we were underwhelmed by the contemporary Italian sculpture on view. On the plus side, however, is the setting in which this collection is displayed. The drama of the multiple 'cave' setting makes the experience worth the price of admission. You leave with a profound sense of how pervasive the cave systems and dwellings in Matera are. If you are an art aficionado, it would help to already have an understanding of Italian art/sculpture of the second half of the 20th century.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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RJBPNewZealand wrote a review Sep 2019
Blenheim, New Zealand76 contributions21 helpful votes
There were some quite interesting contemporary sculptures on display, but most weren’t. The caves themselves were more so. The fresco fragments, if original, were the best part of the museum. 12 euros for two. Totally inaccessible to handicapped.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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