Museum of the Park – International Centre of Open-Air Sculpture. San Giorgio Castle (Portofino, Genoa).
In Portofino, overhanging the sea, in the natural framework requested by Baron Mumm at the beginning of the 20th century, is situated the multi-level Museum of the Park.
The garden , which was originally an outbuilding of the overlooking Castle, goes back to the beginning of the “short century”, when the baron planted a variety of ferns and rare plants of pittosporum, imported from Japan.
After that, exceptionally big camellias and impressive blossoming oleanders were planted which benefited from the local microclimate, a unique treasure of the peninsula.
This open air “botanical art gallery” houses the largest Italian museum of monumental natural sculptures.
The collection of artworks by the most important international artists, requested by Daniele Crippa, features one hundredtwenty sculptures of different sizes and materials (bronze, marble, glass, steel…) often specifically created to harmonise with the magic of the location. Names like Beuys, Rotella, Pomodoro, Fontana, Cucchi, Arman, Spagnulo, Atchugarry, Conti, Guttuso, De Camargo, Iommi, Hirsch, Poirier, Vautier, Spoerri e Thun give prestige to the precious collection, but the list is continuously updated. In fact the Museum keeps buying new pieces to enrich the exhaustive biennial catalogue. During spring and summer, the area hosts cultural meetings and events. Since 2004 the Museum has worked with Fundación Argentina – Museo del Parque arranging training courses, in collaboration with Unicef offices of Genoa, to support the future of the youth in that nation.
Museum of the Park – International Centre of open-air sculpture
Molo Umberto I – 16034 Portofino