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Maramotti Collection

Private contemporary art gallery. On display are about 200 works belonging to the main national and international trends from 1945 until now: paintings, sculptures and installations.

Address and contacts

Via Fratelli Cervi, 66 - 42124 Reggio Emilia
phone +39 0522.382484
e-mail info@collezionemaramotti.org
Maramotti Collection
Presentation

Opening Times

Thursday and Friday: 2.30 - 6.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Closing days: January 1 and 6, April 25, May 1, from August 1 to 25, November 1, December 25 and 26.

The guided tours of the permanent collection start on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.

Entrance fees

Free entrance.

The visit of the permanent collection is accompanied by a member of the staff, for no more than twenty-five visitors at a time, and should be booked in advance.
Admission to the temporary exhibitions is free in the opening hours of the Collection and no subject to reservation.
The entire exhibition is accessible for persons with motor disabilities.

How to get there

By car:

A1 motorway, exit Reggio Emilia. Follow the directions marked "centro storico" and, as you approach the city ring road, turn right onto via Emilia, in the direction of Parma. The building is about two kilometres from the town centre on the left side of via Fratelli Cervi.
By train:
from Reggio Emilia central railway station.
Minibù (bus) E, "Viale IV Novembre" stop, "Parcheggio Volo" destination, "Parcheggio Volo" stop. No service on Sundays.
Bus no .2, "Porta S. Pietro/Viale Montegrappa" stop, "Sant'Ilario" direction, "Pieve Peep" stop.

Historical notes

It will be possible to visit the museum through two floors and 43 halls. On the ground floor, beside the library, is a wide exhibiting hall for temporary exhibitions of new-wave artists.

The Collection consists of several hundred works of art that date from 1945 to the present, of which something more than two hundred are on permanent display as an in-depth presentation of a number of the central artistic tendencies, both Italian and international, of the second half of the 20th century. It consists primarily of paintings but it also holds sculptures and installations. The artists are represented by significant works from their early careers, and thus by examples of the ways in which their work first brought elements of true innovation into the research of contemporary art.
The permanent collection begins with a number of important European paintings that represent the abstract-expressionist movements of the Fifties, generally known as art informel, and there is also a group of proto-conceptual Italian works. It continues with an important selection of the works of the “Roman School” of Pop Art, and then with a considerable number of Arte Povera works. These sections of the Collection are followed in turn by various fundamental works from the area of Italian neo-expressionism (Transavanguardia), and as well by significant works of German and American neo-expressionism. Next we find a considerable group of works of the American New Geometry, from the Eighties and Nineties, followed finally by the most recent experimentations in both the United States and Great Britain.
Most of the Collection’s 21st century works have not been included in the permanent exhibition, and are presented in theme-based shows in the ground-floor spaces for temporary exhibitions. The Collection is itself a “work in progress” and will continue in the future to document the novel paths that the further evolution of contemporary art continues to explore.

Among the artists whose works are on display are the following:
Peter Halley (New York, Usa, 1953) for the "new geometry" art, Piero Manzoni (1933 -1963) for the "proto-concept" art, Gerhard Richter (Walterdorf, Germany, 1932) for the "figurative" art, Jannis Kounellis (Pyraeus, Greece, 1936) for the "poor art", Ellen Gallagher (Providence, Usa, 1965) for the "experimentation art", Anselm Kiefer (Donaueschingen, Germany, 1945) for the "neo-expressionism" art.
Among the works on display are also the following:
works from the late expressionism and abstractism of the forties and the early fifties, Italian proto-concept artists as Fontana, Burri and Fautrier, Schifano and Franco Angeli's Roman Pop-Art, "poor art" with Penone, Zorio, Anselmo and Concept Art, American painting with Basquiat, Schnabel, with the new-geometric artists Taaffe and Bleckner, until Alex Katz's suspended atmospheres.