Built at the beginning of the 1900s following the plans of the engineer Carlo Saroldi, Gamba castle was commissioned by Charles Maurice Gamba, daughter of Count Christin d‘Entrèves. Today the castle houses an exhibition route distributed through 13 rooms, with over 150 works of art such as paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings and photographs belonging to a regional collection dating back from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Beside the works of the maestros of the 20th century, including the sculptures of Martini, Mastroianni, Manzù, Arnaldo and Giò Pomodoro, and paintings by Casorati, De Pisis, Carrà and Guttuso, the collection documents Italian figurative art production from the second half of the century up to contemporary research exponents, such as Schifano, Baruchello, Rama and Mainolfi.A vast and varied selection of works testifies to the movements that have animated the Italian art scene over the past 25 years: for example, the exhibition hosts representations of informal art, geometric abstraction, transavantgarde and pop art. Particular importance is given to the Aosta Valley region through the activity of local artists, or those active in the Valley, on regional commission.



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Nilla nilla (2 years ago)
Un pomeriggio tra opere di pittori valdostani e non opere da ammirare in sale ben curate.. Ma le vere opere d'arte sono all'ultimo piano dove l'artista è la natura.. dalle finestre si può godere di opere uniche che cambiamo a seconda delle stagioni e del tempo.. Quadri inestimabile che appartengo a chi li sa apprezzare il bello di vivere in valle d'Aosta
Francesca Tagliaferro (2 years ago)
Visitato solamente dall'esterno poiché era chiuso. Ben tenuto e molto ampio, adatto anche per scattare qualche foto.
Cristiano Tacconi (3 years ago)
Castello molto bello all'interno di un grande parco dove si trova un albero che ha oltre cento anni di vita. Da visitare.
Goblin D.M. (3 years ago)
Meraviglioso museo all'interno di un castello molto diverso dagli altri castelli valdostani. Se volete visitarlo sperando di trovarci la classica magia di un luogo simile ve lo sconsiglio, ma se siete in cerca di arte moderna e cultura allora è il posto ideale. Bellissima anche la mostra temporanea su Primo Levi.
Sergey Poleff (5 years ago)
Interesting museum of contemporary art in a castle. Beautiful view to Aosta Valley from the upper floor
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