Open Air Museum Italo Bolano
Open to the public from Monday to Sunday from 15.00 to 20.00
Morning: visits schools or groups by appointment.
July, August, September:
Open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-20.00 with evening openings for events.
Closed on Mondays
The Italo Bolano Open Air Museum is a contemporary art park where public and artists can meet, surrounded by the wonderful Mediterranean flora.
The Open Air Museum is a historic museum of contemporary art conceived and created by Elba-born artist Italo Bolano in 1964 at S.Martino (Portoferraio) under the name of the International Art Center.
Once an international crossroads of art and culture, it is now a dynamic location which attracts many artists and visitors thanks to the many events organised there.
It is a real artist’s garden, where art and nature meet, and where the large environmental sculptures merge beautifully into grounds of about 10,000 square metres, home to Mediterranean trees, mimosa, eucalyptus, cypress, myrtle and oleander.
Today the Museum includes multidisciplinary locations: exhibition galleries, lecture rooms, pottery workshops, an open-air theatre and a bookshop. It was one of the first “modern art paths” to be recognised by the Tuscany Region (TRAART).
The ideal place for thinking about the profound relationship between art and nature, sculpture and ecological issues, and the concept of the environmental art park, an area in which the Tuscany Region is a benchmark for the whole of Italy.
The Fondazione Italo Bolano E.T.S. was established in 2021 with the mission of revitalising the museum and the garden of artworks, and the premises are currently being renovated to the latest museum standards, to enable their more effective use by young people, Elba residents and guests who come to Elba from all over the world.
An innovative visitor experience that reflects the wishes of Italo Bolano himself, who died only recently: to provide his island with a crucible for ideas, always open to every form of artistic collaboration.
Raku ceramic workshops, exhibitions and meetings are periodically organized
The Open Air Museum is partially accessible
How to get there
From Portoferraio take the provincial road towards Marina di Campo, after about 5 km take the detour to San Martino and after a few meters on the left a sign indicates the entrance to the museum.
To Learn More
- Anna Mazzanti (a cura di), Sentieri nell’arte. Il contemporaneo nel paesaggio toscano,Maschietto Editore, 2004
- “Immaginiemozioni d’Elba di Italo Bolano“, a cura dell’Iternational Art Center, Pacini Editore, 2006
- “Segni del tempo all’Isola d’Elba nelle ceramiche di Italo Bolano“, catalogo della mostra Elba 2008, Iternational Art Center, Pacini Editore
- “Opere ambientali di ITALO BOLANO. Isola d’Elba, un Museo diffuso d’Arte Contemporanea all’aria aperta”, Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori, 2013
- Marisa Vescovo, Italo Bolano. L’enigma della pittura, Skira, 2015
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