The MARCA (Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro) was founded in March 2008 as a multi-function museum where various artistic experiences can come into contact, from ancient art to contemporary   works. This feature stands out also from its collections. The newly restored halls in the Museum low ground host permanently the collections of paintings and plastic art. These collections became property of the Catanzaro Province joining to a first group of works gathered at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th, which included works by Antonello de Saliba, Battistello Caracciolo, Mattia Preti, Andrea Cefaly and Francesco Jerace. This legacy represents a starting point for the Museum that looks at the future thanks to a project designed on different directional levels, where the works of the masters of the postwar period are placed side by side with those of the latest generation.
The permanent collection of contemporary art, which is being gathered, will maintain a close relationship with the other exhibitions and will allow to interpret the whole project in a different light. A significant example of this is represented by China, the bar by Flavio Favelli designed in 2008 especially for the museum on the occasion of its opening. Also the bookshop designed by Alessandro Mendini can not be omitted. Among the various projects about contemporary art, the solo exhibitions devoted to Alex Katz, Antoni Tàpies, Alessandro Mendini and Enzo Cucchi stand out. As well as the film and photographic show titled "Community. La ritualità collettiva prima e dopo il web", which was presented together with the large exhibition about Berlin in the Eighties. MARCA is the favoured partner of Intersezioni, the contemporary sculpture project curated by Alberto Fiz, which takes place every Summer since 2005 in the Scolacium archaeological site.
Until now the artists who took part in the project are Daniel Buren, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Mimmo Paladino, Antony Gormley, Stephan Balkenhol, Wim Delvoye, Marc Quinn Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Mauro Staccioli. A part from the temporary exhibitions, in the city of Catanzaro rises the International Sculpture Park (Parco Internazionale della Scultura), the first of this kind in Southern Italy. In this site, some works by the artists who took part in Intersezioni are permanently displayed and have become emblematic pieces of the public city heritage.
The International Sculpture Park is situated in a green area of more than 63 hectares next to Catanzaro city centre. It is one of the most representative projects about public art all over Italy.
The project is in progress and at the moment 23 works of art have been installed in the park. Among these: Tänzerin und Mann (2005) by Stephan Balkenhol, Cast Glances (2002) by Tony Cragg, Concrete Mixer (2007) by Wim Delvoye, Man measuring the clouds (1998) by Jan Fabre, Seven Times (2006), the seven-works installation by Antony Gormley, Testimoni (1998), the four-works installation by Mimmo Paladino, Totem (2007) by Marc Quinn. In November 2009 were added Electric Kisses, two works by Dennis Oppenheim, which evoke ancient pagodas and in 2010 two installations by Michelangelo Pistoletto: I Templi cambiano-Terza Paradiso (Times/Temples Change - Third Paradise), a re-edition of classics and Le sponde del Meditteraneo - Love Difference (Mediterranean Shores) with its 68 coloured stones aiming to be a place of interaction among different cultures. Among the new works becoming part of the Park can be found those by Mauro Staccioli and Daniel Buren.
Finally, Catanzaro not only hosts a series of temporary exhibitions in a place full of historical significance, but expresses also the precise will to create a public organic collection lively interacting with the urban reality, an open-air museum that closely involves the MARCA museum.


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