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Musma Museum

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In the heart of the Sassi, the Musma Museum is located within the impressive framework of the 16th century Palazzo Pomarici. This unique museum provides the perfect environment for the symbiosis of sculpture and the characteristic carved sites in the Sassi; the exhibition galleries, in fact, consist not only of the rooms of the Palazzo, but also the vast hypogea area, where the works of art are revitalized by the strength and beauty of the surrounding rock hewn spaces. The museum project was born of the conviction that the Sassi of Matera—partly carved out of the rock and partly modeled with rock by folk masonry wisdom—provided a site extraordinarily adapted for presenting sculpture exhibitions. An ancient city like Matera should not live only on its past but must understand how to transform its historical heritage into a new culture.

The Museum of Contemporary Sculpture maintains not only a permanent collection of the work of international sculptures, but also hosts changing exhibitions in its efforts to explore the artistic language of our times. The idea to incorporate the suggestive environment of the rock caves as exhibition spaces has deep roots: MUSMA represents the fruit of 30 years of experience of “La Scaletta”  which, started in 1978, organizing  “The Great Exhibitions of the Sassi of Matera.” The wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships built over this period of time has not been lost. For this reason, MUSMA today is also known as the “Museum of Friendship.”

Museum’s Scientific Committee is formed by: Giuseppe Appella, the Curator of MUSMA, Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Director of Turin Modern Art Civic Museum, Fabrizio D’Amico of University of Pisa, Michele D’Elia, the former Director of the Central Institute of Restoration and Scientific Director of the Zétema Foundation and Rosalba Zuccaro of “La Sapienza” of Rome. Palazzo Pomarici was restored under the supervision of the Architect A. Zanmatti, who also installs the exhibitions. MUSMA’s logo was designed by Mario Cresci.


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