The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a non-profit dedicated to the scholarship and exhibition of artwork by 20th century Italian masters.
CIMA was founded by art historian Laura Mattioli, the daughter of Gianni Mattioli, an avid art collector who opened up his Milan apartment to the public in the 1950s and 60s. Laura Mattioli succeeded in designing CIMA in the same spirit as her father’s apartment by creating an intimate space unlike typical museums or galleries. CIMA is housed inside a beautifully remodeled SoHo loft, decorated with furniture and lighting by contemporary Italian designers, and has various nooks to explore.
CIMA is open exclusively for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00. Tours, which begin with a complementary Lavazza espresso and last approximately half an hour, are led by fellows. (The annual fellowship program is a core component of CIMA and brings together five scholars from around the world.) After the tour you are free to explore at your leisure.
For its 2016-2017 season, CIMA explores the relationship between artists Giulio Paolini (b. 1940) and Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978). This will be on view until June 24, 2017.
CIMA really is as wonderful as it sounds (so is its staff!) and feels as though you’re in someone’s apartment. So relax, grab an espresso, and take your time getting to know the art.
*Tickets are free for students and members.