Cosenza’s Outdoor Museum on Corso Mazzini

April 27, 2016 / Places
Cosenza, Calabria

In the heart of Cosenza you’ll find it’s main artery, Corso Mazzini, flowing with locals as they do some shopping, meet friends for an aperitivo, take a stroll or just make sure to “see and be seen”.

corso mazzini museo all'aperto cosenza

This extensive pedestrian area is home to restaurants, cafes, stores, and tourism agencies. And, as you make you way along Corso Mazzini towards Piazza Bilotti, you will gaze upon a wide range of art sculptures that make up the “Museo all’Aperto Bilotti” (MAB) or the open-air museum. The statues from local, national and international artists were donated to the city of Cosenza by an art collector named Carlo Bilotti before he passed away in 2006. Bilotti, who was born in Cosenza but emigrated to America, wanted the public to profit from his incredible collection and so he donated many pieces.

Keep your eyes open from Salvador Dali’s “Saint George and the Dragon”, Giorgio De Chirico’s “Ettore and Andromaca” and the newest addition, Amedeo Modigliani’s “Head of Cariatide”.

This unique art gallery will captivate your attention and make you forget you are in the heart of the city centre.

Saint George and the Dragon by Salvador Dali
Ettore and Andromaca by Giorgio De Chirico

Head of Caryatid by Amedeo Modigliani

Cherrye Moore

by Cherrye Moore

Cherrye Moore is owner of My Bella Vita Travel, a boutique tour operator specializing in custom vacations and heritage tours in southern Italy. Join her in June or September for the Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria – a unique small group tour that combines group travel with a private heritage tour, or in September for the Undiscovered Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour.

 

6 Responses to “Cosenza’s Outdoor Museum on Corso Mazzini”

  1. Jacqueline Sammarco

    So glad you featured Cosenza, near my father’s ancestral home and I city I know intimately.

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  2. Yes, we know the artists, but who is this man named Carlo Bilotto? The works he donated are masterpieces, it’s obvious he had a very “good eye”!!! I must check out Signor Bilotto. Thank you Cherrye!

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  3. Mairin O'Mahony

    Gian Banchero, check him out online and next time you are in Rome visit the gem of a museum that bears his name and houses his di Chirico collection and other good stuff. Vale la pena!

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    • Mairin (What a wonderful name, it must be Irish I’m sure?);
      Thank you, the next time in Rome I shall do as directed…

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  4. Very cool, the Ettore and Andromaca by Giorgio De Chirico is an amazing piece. Thanks for sharing Cherrye

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