|MUSMA. Museum of Contemporary Sculpture Matera
MUSMA is located within
the impressive framework of the 16th century Palazzo Pomarici, in the
heart of the Sassi. 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, 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
The idea to incorporate the suggestive environment of the
rock caves as exhibition spaces has deep roots: MUSMA is the fruit of
30 years of experience of Matera’s “La Scaletta” Club which, beginning
in 1978, annually presented the “Great Exhibitions of the Sassi of
The wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships built
over this period of time has not been lost. For this reason, MUSMA is
also the “Museum of Friendship.”
The Museum’s Scientific Committee is formed by: Giuseppe Appella
(Curator of MUSMA), Pier Giovanni Castagnoli (Director of Turin Modern
Art Civic Museum), Fabrizio D’Amico (University of Pisa), Luciano Caramel (University of Milan), Rosalba Zuccaro (“La
Sapienza” University 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.
Artist and works
october - march
10.00 to 14.00
april - september
10.00 - 14.00 / 16.00 - 20.00
Open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed on Mondays
The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Concession (under 18/over 70) € 3,50
Free admission for children under 6
For further information, please contact MUSMA at the following number + 39 366 9357768