The winds of the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea gently blow across Locride, Calabria, whirling in the Saint Barbara Museum. How is that possible? Because the museum happens to also be a park.
Visiting it means walking between olive tree groves and orchards, on the same path treaded by indigenous populations in ancient times. It means walking amongst monumental works by international artists, because the park is also an Art workshop where man’s creative élan is embraced by the unhurried motion of the surrounding nature.
The beating heart of these seven hectares of art and history is the Santa Barbara Art Foudation, founded in 1986 by artists Nik Spatari and Hiske Maas, and headquartered in the XI century monastery complex on Saint Barbara’s Promontory.
The Foundation owns an extensive collection including paintings, drawings and graphics by great masters such as Baj, Giacometti, Rotella, and Schifano, and holds courses in art and restoration. Visitors have the opportunity to stay in the monastery’s guest room, in order to enjoy even longer this incredible place’s wonders, both for the eyes and for the palate.
All while the winds from the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea continue to gently blow.