Clay finishes for the new imagery of Kalpa Art Living Gallery in Volterra

Fine-grained clay finishing plaster TerraVista Smooth Panna (cream) color and coarse-grained raw earth plaster MultiTerra Wabi Polvere and Sale Grigio (dust and gray salt) colors, all applied to walls

Fine-grained clay finishing plaster TerraVista Smooth Panna  (cream) color and coarse-grained raw earth plaster MultiTerra Wabi Polvere and Sale Grigio (dust and gray salt) colors, all applied to the walls of Kalpa Art Gallery in the Bonomini palace in Volterra. Project by Olga Niescier, Photography by Simone Stanislai, courtesy of Kalpa

About the project

In addition to its intrinsic patrimonial value, the historic Bonomini palace in Volterra is the physical home and conceptual core of the KALPA Galleries, characterised by its fascinating and timeless interiors, enriched with precious works of art harmoniously arranged.
 
Since 2019, KALPA has been engaged in a major restoration project of the palace, unveiling its ancient walls step by step, collaborating with artisans and using natural materials and local stones, including the beautiful sandstone pietra panchina, of which Volterra’s streets and buildings are made.
 
The ground floor of the building underwent the largest intervention according to the vision of KALPA’s founder and artistic director, Olga Niescier. A general redistribution of the interior spaces respecting the original partitions was undertaken, along with the ‘discover-and-integrate’ conservation of the wall textures, carried out in an insightful and innovative manner by the respected Tuscan restorer Cristiano Sabelli.
 

Maintaining the principle of preserving the wholesomeness of historical surfaces, KALPA opted for the use of MATTEOBRIONI raw earth finishes, which are soft and warm to the touch, aesthetically very pleasant and at the same time environmentally friendly.

 
Embodying the past in our present, in 2022 the Galleries occupied the rooms on the ground and basement floors of the palace, ranging from the bright and spacious rooms of the first floor to the darker vaulted cellars of the basement. Subsequently, Kalpa continued to expand to the first floor of the palace, pursuing the same conservation criteria to honour its authentic atmosphere, and re-establishing the link between history and the contemporary, as Kalpa deeply believes that this is where the foundations for a more beautiful future lie.
 
A few steps away from the Palazzo, along Via Porta all’Arco, Kalpa then opened a second exhibition venue, the Atelier, a former alabaster workshop. These two distinct spaces are united conceptually by a unified vision, to enclose a sophisticated and elegant display of eloquent art and minimalist furnishings.
 
KALPA collaborates with artists from different disciplines, offering a kaleidoscope of different cultural backgrounds, inspirations and techniques. The language of interior architecture establishes a stimulating synergy with selected art, which includes wall and sculptural works in alabaster, marble, bronze, clay and raw earth, wood, Venetian glass, oil, acrylic and mixed media.
 
KALPA’s interiors are characterised by vibrant atmospheres, where international and Tuscan creative experiences are invited to intertwine.
Inspiring a rich cultural experience, Palazzo Bonomini’s magical rooms and Atelier welcome art collectors and visitors from all over the world.
 
Photography: Simone Stanislai, courtesy of Kalpa
 
Exhibition works by:
Akiko Hirai, Alain Bonnefoit, An Selen, Angela Palmarelli, Eleanor Herbosh, Guillem Nadal, Jojo Corvaia, Kate Windibank, Marc Ricourt, Marco Bellini, Michela Cattai, Olga Niescier

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