14 October 2017

CIMA is proud to participate for the third time in Open House New York.

Enjoy free entry all day 10am – 6pm.

Since 2003, for two days each October, the Annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

Irina Verona, the architect who renovated CIMA’s beautiful loft space, will be on hand to lead OpenDialogue tours at 11 am and 1 pm.

CIMA’s Fall Fellows, Elena Salza and Giulia Tulino, will lead guided visits of the ALBERTO SAVINIO installation at 3 pm and 4.30 pm.

Please note that no reservation is required for the tours.

Laura Mattioli: Tour of Arte Povera at Hauser & Wirth

11 October 2017

On Wednesday October 11, CIMA President and Founder Laura Mattioli will be leading a walkthrough of the ARTE POVERA exhibition now on view at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea.

Curated by Ingvild Goetz, the exhibition—which spans three floors—offers a wide-ranging overview of Italy’s highly innovative post-war art movement, as seen through the eyes of one of its most significant collectors. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Arte Povera movement and features more than 150 works by artists Claudio Abate, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giorgio Colombo, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, and Gilberto Zorio.

Mattioli will discuss two of the movement’s most significant artists, Giovanni Anselmo and Giulio Paolini, and shed light on the sociopolitical motivations behind the radical works on view. Paolini was one of the subjects of last season’s exhibition at CIMA, Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico.

Free; RSVP required.


Please note this event will take place at 548 West 22nd Street.

Speaking to Clio: Introducing Alberto Savinio

05 October 2017

To inaugurate the opening of our new season dedicated to ALBERTO SAVINIO, CIMA welcomes to New York Savinio’s granddaughters, Francesca and Enrica Antonini, to share their unique personal history of this fascinating and under-recognized Italian artist. The presentation will be given in Italian and English, and will offer insight into Savinio’s life and travels, illustrated by rarely seen photographs from the family’s archive.

CIMA Fall Fellows Elena Salza and Giulia Tulino and CIMA founder Laura Mattioli will join the Antoninis in conversation to explore Savinio’s interest in mythology, his vivid and fantastical palette and iconography, and other themes dominant in CIMA’s new exhibition. CIMA’s new ALBERTO SAVINIO exhibition brings together rarely seen paintings from the late 1920s and 1930s in Paris—the period of Savinio’s career when this multidisciplinary artist dedicated himself fully to painting.

Join us for this exclusive chance to see these works, as well as select sculptures and prints by Louise Bourgeois in dialogue with Savinio’s oeuvre, before CIMA opens to the public on Friday, October 6.

* Dico a te, Clio (Speaking to Clio), is the name of one of Alberto Savinio’s many novels, dating from 1939; Clio is the muse of history, and the book, while ranging over ancient Tuscany, the land of the Etruscans, explores “the ghosts of history, the great void that slowly absorbs and annihilates all the actions that escape from history.”

FREE; RSVP required.


Depero’s Bolted Book at the NY Art Book Fair

24 September 2017

Depero’s Bolted Book: 90 Years Old and Still Dangerous!

Join us Sunday, September 24, at 1pm, at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair for a special presentation on Fortunato Depero’s 1927 graphic design masterpiece, Depero Futurista (aka The Bolted Book).

Former CIMA Fellow Raffaele Bedarida will speak about the history of the book and Steven Heller will discuss its importance in the history of graphic design. The book is known familiarly as The Bolted Book, because of its unique binding: two industrial aluminum bolts. Depero Futurista celebrates its 90th birthday this year, but this book remains remarkably fresh, modern, and relevant today. Filled with typographic experimentation, it also serves as a portfolio showcase of Depero’s career and includes his exhortation to fellow artists to embrace self-promotion and the modern art of advertising.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see an original copy of the book, together with the newly issued facsimile, a joint project of CIMA, the MART Museum in Trento and Rovereto, and Designers & Books.

CIMA is pleased to be partnering with Designers & Books and the Mart, Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (which houses Depero’s archives), to bring this book and Depero’s life and work to a wider audience.

To read more about the facsimile project, check out this blogpost. To learn more about the book, please visit the website:, where one can preview all 240 pages of the book and learn about the history of the publication.

CIMA’s presentation will take place at 1pm in the bookstore on the first floor of MoMA PS1. This is the twelfth annual edition of Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair.

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Members Only: Private Visit to Hudson Valley’s Magazzino

23 September 2017

Join us on Saturday September 23 for a very special private tour of the newly opened Magazzino, a private warehouse art space devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian Art located in the Hudson Valley, hosted by Vittorio Calabrese, director of Magazzino.

Magazzino’s inaugural exhibition is a tribute to Margherita Stein, founder of the historic Galleria Christian Stein and one of the pioneers of the Arte Povera movement. Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause displays a curated selection over four decades of the artists whose careers she fostered, including Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio as well as Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi and Remo Salvadori.

Attendees are responsible for transit to the Cold Spring Metro North train station by 11am where a shuttle will transport CIMA Members to Magazzino.

We recommend that you book the Off Peak Metro North 9:43AM Train from Grand Central Terminal to Cold Spring (Travel time is 70 minutes) which arrives at 11AM.

For full information on schedules and fares please visit:

Members will receive a private link to RSVP.

Not a member? Join us! CIMA members receive free entry to CIMA’s programs and tours, a copy of the annual exhibition catalogue, invitations to private events, and access to CIMA outside of public hours.


Due to limited space we ask that any cancellations must be made a week prior to the program

Giulio Paolini, ‘Mimesi’, 1940. Courtesy of Magazzino of Italian Art, Photograph by Marco Anelli New York


07 September 2017

Join us on Thursday, September 7 for a private morning visit to Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical, currently on view at The Met Breuer, led by Christian Larsen, curator of the exhibition. The show explores the career of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), presenting him as a seminal figure in 20th-century design by situating his work within a larger constellation of objects and artifacts drawn from across the history of art. Despite his ongoing impact on designers, Sottsass remains an obscure figure among the wider public. He is noted for founding the design collective Memphis (1981–86), but even this brief period is misunderstood as a quintessentially 1980s fashion-driven fad. This exhibition contextualizes his sixty-year career within a broader design discourse, revealing him as a true design radical.

Members will receive a private link to RSVP.

Not a member? Join us! CIMA members receive free entry to CIMA’s programs and tours, a copy of the annual exhibition catalogue, invitations to private events, and access to CIMA outside of public hours.


Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917–2007)
“Carlton” Room Divider 1981
Wood, plastic laminate 76 3/4 x 74 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (194.9 x 189.9 x 40 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997


19 July 2017

Wednesday July 19, 6:30pm
Museum of Modern Art hosts the NYC Art History Fellows Network

Are you an art history fellow in the New York tri-state area? Join us on Wednesday evening to meet colleagues and see some of the exhibitions on view currently at MoMA. The exhibitions Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive will be open, with drinks and snacks in the third-floor east lounge.

The New York Area Art History Fellows Network was established in 2014 to provide opportunities for the many art history scholars resident at various institutions in the New York region in any given year to get together, get to know one another, share their work, etc. To date, gatherings have been held at the Center for Italian Modern Art, The Frick Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kress Foundation, The Morgan Library & Museum, and now The Museum of Modern Art.

RSVP is required. The NYC Area Art History Fellows Network has a LinkedIn group. Send a request to join or contact us at info at for more information.

CIMA Members Visit to the Met’s Paradise of Exiles

10 July 2017

CIMA MEMBERS ONLY! Join us on July 10 for a private visit to the exhibition, Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy, currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, led by Beth Saunders, a curatorial assistant at The Met and curator of the exhibition. Presenting works from the years 1839-1871, this exhibition centers on Italy’s crucial role in the experimentation and invention of photography. In line with CIMA’s own mission to develop underrepresented narratives, Paradise of Exiles illuminates Italy’s lesser-known contributions  to the art form. The exhibition will include works from The Met’s collection as well as a number of rare works from the period of Italian Unification (or the Risorgimento).

Want to learn more about photography in Italy? Check out the talk Lindsay Harris gave at CIMA in 2015 on Medardo Rosso and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century Italy!

Members will receive a private invitation link. 

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24 June 2017

Join us for a free open house on Saturday June 24, the last day of Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico!

Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) has long been celebrated for the works he created during a brief period in the 1910s—the Metaphysical paintings that proved critically influential to the Surrealists. Yet this narrative of de Chirico as a precursor of Surrealism overlooks or omits the output created in the subsequent five decades of the artist’s career, work that remains difficult to see in the United States. The artist’s exploration of appropriation, irony, and other strategies appealing to a postmodern sensibility has proven highly influential to later artists, even as it remains outside of a traditional narrative of de Chirico’s oeuvre. CIMA’s exhibition pairs works from across de Chirico’s long-ranging career with works by noted conceptual artist Giulio Paolini (b. 1940), who has spent nearly half a century engaging with the works of de Chirico. In so doing, it offers an opportunity to see de Chirico in new light and to consider his impact on the work of conceptual artists in general and Paolini in particular.

Highlights include some of Giorgio de Chirico’s greatest Metaphysical masterpieces, not likely to be seen again in the United States for many years, and a new series of works on paper by Paolini created specifically for the installation at CIMA.

CIMA’s fellows will be on hand for guided visits for those who are interested.

The Open House house will conclude with a light aperitivo reception sponsored by Aperol.

FREE! Reserve now!

Neil Printz on Andy Warhol’s “AFTER DE CHIRICO”

21 June 2017

Join us for the concluding program of CIMA’s fourth season, a talk by Neil Printz, editor of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, on Warhol’s “After de Chirico” series. In 1982, William Rubin organized a Giorgio de Chirico exhibition at MoMA, which focused on de Chirico’s celebrated Metaphysical paintings, the work of the 1910s.  In the catalogue, Rubin reproduced a  two-page spread of 18 different versions of de Chirico’s iconic painting, The Disquieting Muses, all executed between 1945 and 1960. The original, painted in 1918, is now on view at CIMA. These images, key to the controversy and “scandal” that has surrounded de Chirico’s reputation as a painter ever since, thrilled Warhol, who recognized their affinity to the seriality of his own work. That year, Warhol embarked on a series of 23 paintings and 11 drawings “after de Chirico.” Dr. Printz will delve into Warhol’s intense identification with the theatricality of de Chirico’s persona and his subversive status within the avant-garde. He will also examine the after-effect of de Chirico’s late work upon Warhol’s own late painting.

FREE; RSVP required.