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Silversea Unveils 1,800 Piece Art Collection: The Largest in its History

Silver Nova onboard art collection

According to Silversea, Silver Nova boasts an art collection of approximately 1,800 pieces by 59 artists from 25 countries, making it the most extensive collection ever featured on a Silversea ship.

The art program showcases international works. Most were commissioned specifically for various locations aboard the Silver Nova, ensuring they enhanced the ship's architectural innovations.

"Art adds dimension, context and meaning to the experience on Silver Nova," said Mariangela Capuzzo, Chief Creative Officer of ICArt. "It captures guests' intellect and imagination. Our intention was to create a visual impact that sparks curiosity, both visually and conceptually. Our curatorial direction on Silver Nova shines a light on a new way of sensing, a new way of being, and a new way of discovering. It is about exploring the cultures of the world and exploring destinations."

ICArt, an international art consultancy, curated Silver Nova's collection, which features over 1,250 framed artworks, nine installations, and eight sculptures.

Notable pieces in Silver Nova's art collection include:


Acquired by Silversea in 2006, this collection showcases 38 bronze sculptures by the Italian sculptor Francesco Messina, exemplifying the 20th-century Novecento style. Fourteen pieces from this collection are assembled on Silver Nova for the first time. A standout is the 4.5-foot-tall (1.37m) 'Scuola di Danza' or 'School of Dance,' a sculpture of a ballerina that graces deck 2, welcoming guests with open arms.


Silversea ambassador Steve McCurry's photography pairs with maps from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum to accentuate each suite corridor. Spanning decks 6 to 9, each corridor highlights a specific region: Europe on deck 6, Asia on deck 7, Africa on deck 8, and the Americas on deck 9.


Roman-inspired artworks embellish the Otium Spa and the two accompanying Otium suites. In ancient Roman culture, 'Otium,' contrasting 'negotium' or absence of leisure, represented a time of relaxation, encompassing activities like bathing, conversing, and dining.


On deck 10, the Library ceiling displays a mural by Albanian artist Artur Sula. Covering 280 square feet, the artwork was meticulously hand-painted on-site and accentuated with 24K gold leaf.


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