Contemporary Art in Matera: Museums, Galleries and Foundations

In Matera artists and art curators make wonderful use of the buildings and places. Matera has a rich and vital contemporary art scene, as demonstrated by this list of the city’s contemporary galleries and by the Artist Residency we hosted at Masseria Fontana di Vite.
The Residency is a collaboration between us and the gallerist Carl Kostyal, it was founded to provide a space and home for visual artists from around the world to create art while experiencing Italian life. So, we want to share with you our passion for contemporary artists. SoutHeritage Foundation for Contemporary Art The SoutHeritage Foundation sets its cultural projects in historical and symbolic places of the city of Matera and of Basilicata, thus contributing to the vivification of historical-architectural memory of the natural territory. Visit the foundation website to know about projects and exhibitions. Musma, “Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of Matera” MUSMA (Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of Matera), housed in the seventeenth century Palazzo Pomarici, is the only museum entirely dedicated to Italian sculpture. The museum makes wonderful use of the building, the exhibition is spread over four hypogeum, two floors and courts, all dedicated to exhibiting contemporary sculpture. The “Great Exhibitions in the Sassi” Matera has a great feeling with the sculpture exhibitions. It comes from the “Great Exhibitions in the Sassi” managed from 1978 by the cultural association “La Scaletta” and staged in the rocky churches of Madonna delle Virtù e San Nicola dei Greci. At the moment you can visit the exhibition “Salvador Dalí. La persistenza degli opposti”. Momart Gallery, spazio creativo nei Sassi Momart Gallery is in the heart of Sassi and is a vibrant place of experimentation, innovation and art research. This space hosts residencies and visitors are allowed to witness up close the process of an artist at work. Talks and seminars are also held. The Sculpture Park “La Palomba” The Sculpture Park "La Palomba" was an initiative of the artist Antonio Paradiso, who created a permanent exhibition of his works in an exhausted tuff quarry. It is located on the trunk road SS 7 Appia in "La Palomba", an area where there are several tuff quarries. The exhibition makes wonderful use of the space. If you love art and sculpture you must visit it.
Do you like contemporary art? Reserve your holiday in Matera and enjoy museums and galleries.

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Following a 2014 restoration project, the renewed building and surrounding structures, and a team of multi-disciplinary and innovative hospitality professionals have turned the Masseria Fontana di Vite into a destination for anyone looking for a special getaway in the scenic countryside.

The farm has many common areas for relaxing, reading and work. It is equipped with a conference center that accommodates up to 200 people, two reception rooms that can accommodate up to 250 people and countless outside areas as well as a church.

The 13 rooms are located between the noble farm floor and the boulders, which are the old peasant residences that populated the village of the masseria during the summer.

The elegant and spacious rooms all have a private garden or terrace and access to wifi.

Some rooms also feature a spa bath. The furniture is a balanced mix combining modern comfort with a look to the past. 

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Double Standard rooms

On the top floor of the Masseria, which were the former residences of the Gattini family, this cozy room has a French sleigh bed, high-quality bedding and linens, high ceilings, flatscreen tv, wifi, air conditioning, minibar, balcony with sweeping views of the countryside and a spacious bathroom with extra large shower. The furniture is from the private collection on the family that owns the mansion. The room is approx. 22 sq mt + 60 sq mt terrace. Sleeps 1-2 guests. 

 

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Large double rooms

Located 150 meters away from the main building, this deluxe room is in a quiet area with a private garden and overlooks the pool with views of the countryside. This stylish room has high ceilings, flatscreen tv, wifi, air conditioning, minibar, security safe, high-quality bedding and linens, spacious bathroom with extra large shower or bathtub, traditional decor from Basilicata. Each room in the Masseria is unique in layout and furnishing. The room is approx. 33 sq mt. Sleeps 1-4 guests. 

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Junior Suite

This suite faces a sweeping view of the countryside. It is composed of a lounge with a sofa bed with breakfast table and one bedroom with queen size bed. This gorgeous suite has high ceilings, two flatscreen TVs, wifi, air conditioning, minibar, security safe, high-quality bedding and linens, one spacious bathroom with extra large shower and traditional decor from Basilicata.

In this room you’ll appreciate the relaxed elegance and enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the room as well as the front garden views. The room is approx. 60 sq mt. Sleeps 1-4 guests.  

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Gattini Suite

This is the biggest and most exclusive room on the property with a balcony with sweeping views of the countryside. Located on the top floor of the Masseria in the former residences of the Gattini noble family.

The room has a spacious living room with sofa bed and corner desk, two large double bedrooms with high ceilings, one king size bed and one French sleigh bed, two flatscreen TVs, wifi, air conditioning, minibar, security safe, high-quality bedding and linens, one spacious bathroom with a jacuzzi for two. In this room you’ll appreciate the unique furnishings from the private collection of the family who owns the masseria. The room is approx. 90 sq mt with balcony and a 60 sq mt terrace. Sleeps 1-6 guests.

 

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