The museum is located in the G. Pascoli former Elementary Schools of the Nuvolato hamlet, a building designed by the artist himself between 1929 and 1930, and inaugurated in 2005 to host its many works. The collection consists of 400 works including sculptures, engravings, drawings and paintings. The drawings are populated by cows and peasants, made of daily gestures, of small affections, shown with the strength and intensity of those who found the right key to reading. The sculptures, modeled with the clay from the rivers Po and Secchia, capture the strength of the earth making the poses full of vigor and passion. Gorni's works offer us a very special view of the twentieth-century peasantry.
GIUSEPPE GORNI (1894 -1975) Architect, sculptor, Nuvolato painter. "Understand, you fellow countryman, that what I mean to say is about everyone, yours as well, and it is an immense treasure not to be bartered with money, and that you yourself can have without money ... You have to know that things in the world are not meant to be according to how you see them, but for what they say, not for what is deciduous in them but for what is eternal in them. I strived to be clear, therefore now you have to strive to understand me ". Giuseppe Gorni. The author left important documents of his love for peasant culture and the typical landscapes of his native country. Fascinated by the Pieve di S. Fiorentino, as an architect from 1925 to 1930, Gorni produced: Quistello grain warehouse, Nuvolato's greengrocer’s, carpenter's and baker's shop, Balilla's house (current gymnasium) and his house “The Wild”, the cemetery entrance and the Nuvolato elementary school. The terracotta and bronze structures he created represent a monumental communal heritage: the first is the "old woman" who stops over in prayer in front of the cemetery of Nuvolato, the second is the "chief-League peasant of S. Rocco" of 1973. In the same year, Gorni created the peculiar character of local rural reality: "Main", publishing on the occasion of the fair of St. Bartholomew the manifesto "La vaca ad Main". There is represented this farmer who never leaves his farmland and that the only time he goes to the village at the fair brings with him his wife, son and inseparable cow. This poster was updated by the artist every year until his death. "Main’s Cow" was also the title of a satirical single-issue publication on which the author enjoyed making parodies of the most highranking personalities of the village accompanied by cartoons both in Italian and in dialect. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphics by local artists represent the most significant core of the collection, dating chronologically between the end of the nineteenth and the second half of the twentieth century, including works by Baldissara, Cavicchini, Celada, Gambetti, Gorni, Pio and Defendi Semeghini, Viani, Villani, Vincenzi, Viviani and others. To the collections originally received from donations by artists and private citizens significant acquisitions have gradually added that have greatly expanded the collection, mostly cataloged, inventoried and photographed. To further enrich the original heritage, other works, especially graphic and pictorial, were acquired or donated by artists themselves or their heirs (including those of Gorni, Carpeggiani, Padova, Gatto, Vincenzi, Gambetti, Bodini, Viviani), following the frequent temporary exhibitions periodically set up in the Pinacoteca, always devoted to the art of the twentieth century in Mantua.