MUSABA Parco Museo Laboratorio

MUSABA Location
MUSABA is located in the heart of Calabria, in Italy’s southernmost mainland province, Reggio Calabria. Sited in the Torbido River valley near the village of Mammola, MUSABA is ten kilometres uphill from the Ionian Sea and can be reached directly by the Ionio-Tirreno highway. A place of striking and unique character, MUSABA is situated in a vast open space in an ancient valley between the creeks and folds of the surrounding hills.
MUSABA is an open air museum, characterized by the principle of action and a truly scientific and productive park with a strong interactive programme.
MUSABA – Fondazione Spatari/Maas is a private institution, a non-profit creative and intellectual foundation, an integration of art, architecture, environment, archaeology, history, botany and biological farming and research centre relevant to the Mediterranean artistic-cultural heritage.
Created by artists Nik Spatari and Hiske Maas, the Spatari/Maas Foundation defines, activates, and realizes its purposes through innovative programmes at MUSABA.
In 1969 they decided to work on a global project involving the production of art in the direct context of its historical points of reference and its natural surroundings.
All projects and works have been esecuted under the direction of Nik Spatari and Hiske Maas.


This Museum Park Laboratory has been developed around the remains of an ancient monastery. MUSABA is located at the centre of an area that is of exceptional cultural and environmental importance and that is renowned for a number of interesting archaeological remains. The significant presence of indigenous populations has been confirmed by recent on-site excavations revealing a necropolis of the XII-VIII centuries B.C. and other settlements that overlaid it between the VII-IV centuries B.C.The open air museum, inspired by an active protection principle, is an authentic scientific park with a strong interactive program making it be a real productive park laboratory.

MUSABA offers the rare possibility of detecting different types of presences. These have been conserved and restored thus constituting an environmental uniqueness where there is a convergence of values and historical evidence of ancient people living in this area.
The territorial collaboration of the site is an authentic historical plateau area of stratification and sedimentation resulting in being a strategic place for the setting of a culturally significant environment.