Museo d'Arte Contemporanea all'Aperto di Maglione (MACAM) – Maglione, Italy - Atlas Obscura

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Museo d'Arte Contemporanea all'Aperto di Maglione (MACAM)

Maglione, Italy

Over 100 artworks are painted on the walls of this town, making it an open-air museum of contemporary art. 


Imagine a museum with no tickets, no closing or opening times, and no preferred routes. Imagine a group of contemporary painters that in the 1980s decided to fill a town with drawings, sculptures, and bizarre artistic details. Well, that’s the history of Maglione. 

Located near Ivrea, Maglione is a really peculiar and interesting place. Upon entering the museum, visitors are surrounded by over 100 works of art: sculptures in the parks, frescos on the walls, paintings hidden in the alleys, even metal shoes left near creepy swings outside of the cemetery. There’s always something interesting to find. 

With the passage of time, some of the art has gotten less visible, some have been destroyed or modified by the elements. This state of imperfection only accentuates the magic that permeates the city, and it all works as an artistic statement.

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Easily reachable by car. No tickets are required and visitors can consult the maps placed around town to know where all the art pieces are located.

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