STREET ART TAKES OVER THE MADAMA
The rooms of the Madama Hostel & Bistrot are adorned with custom murals and works of art – both commissions andrequests by artists –, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind museum that has earned a place on the MAUA list, a catalogue of augmented reality street art founded in 2017 with the backing of the local council. There are 18 works currently on show and the plan is to decorate all of the available walls by collaborating with artists who have responded and who continue to respond to our call to action. Some of the most well-known names who've got involved are Giovannais Ammaniac, Giovanni Di Modica, Camilla Falsini, Fra!, Frantz Gauviniere, Nadya Guarnizo Rozo, Mumble, Silvia Negri, Daniele Nitti, SeaCreative, Paola Tassetti, Mr. Thoms, and Zed1. The common room contains a mesh sculpture by Edoardo Tresoldi, who stayed at the hostel in 2015, while the shutter next to the entrance has been decorated by Hopare.
On the last Sunday of every month – in collaboration with the cultural association and urban art blog Another Scratch in the Wall – we run a series of guided tours to introduce everyone and anyone to the murals both outside and inside the Madama. And like any self-respecting museum, each month we host temporary exhibitions by emerging artists who want to show off their paintings, sculptures, photography, illustrations and designs. It’s all about giving a voice to the underground of contemporary art.
So it’s no surprise that, in 2017, the Madama was voted one of the 33 most instagrammable hostels in the world.