Il Salone dei Rifiutati is a Social Cooperative founded in 2016, already active since 2008 as a self-managed creative atelier.

Il Salone dei Rifiutati is a craft and creative workshop where initiatives and productions are carried out starting from the re-evaluation of the rejected objects and then become opportunities for work, meeting and sharing innovative experiences.

The cooperative works in agreement with local companies that confer production waste, then converted by the operators as material for educational activities, exhibitions, workshops and training courses in synergy with artists, creatives, public and private realities, building an important opportunity to create courses for teachers of all schools and for social and cultural operators.

Il Salone dei Rifiutati realizes museum installations, interactive set-ups and activates paths of artistic residence and participatory art operations, the result of comparisons and collective reflections involving citizens of all ages.

The cooperative manages the MOON –  Museum of Narrative Objects in Potenza.

The name is a tribute to the Parisian Salon des Refusés, the exhibition organized in 1863 by Napoleon III, to welcome the works of artists rejected by the “official” Salon of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In that year, the Academy’s admission jury refused to exhibit more than 3000 paintings, both for the subjects portrayed and for the non-traditional techniques used by the painters. Following numerous protests, the Emperor therefore organized an exhibition parallel to the official one, allowing artists such as Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, James Whistler and others to exhibit their works. The Salon des Refusés represented the first opening towards “unofficial” art and conventionally marks the beginning of the Impressionist movement.

Cooperative network activity

Il Salone dei Rifiutati organizes and promotes initiatives and aggregation projects that involve and network social cooperatives for the development of innovative inclusion opportunities, supporting and enhancing social solidarity through the criteria of creative action.

Thanks also to the presence of a workshop space, it is possible to create design and construction routes starting from recovered materials.

Hospitality for cultural events

The spaces of the MOON – Workshop Museum of Narrative Objects, seat of the cooperative Il Salone dei Rifiutati, can host cultural events and festivals. 

In the internal rooms, workshops, meetings, presentations, theatrical and musical performances, exhibitions, group readings, audiovisual projections can be organized.

The MOON has a large parking area in front of it and an apartment for residences.

The cooperative provides basic technical assistance services and promotion of local events and social media.

International projects

Il Salone dei Rifiutati realizes intersectoral projects aimed at enhancing the territory, developing community projects with international partners, carrying out intercultural artistic paths and research through the practice of creative crossing and joining European networks.

Didactic creative kits

The Cooperative has an emporium of materials recovered from companies and converted by operators as material for educational activities, exhibitions, laboratories and training courses.

Our kits are born from the desire to give a second life to discarded objects aimed at conveying the educational potential of unstructured materials *.

The kits are different but all designed from those materials, generally considered waste to be eliminated, which instead can be reused in moments of manipulative and expressive exploration.

Our range of creative kits is ideal for school group activities, after school and home activities or as party gifts.

They are designed to provide an exploratory and poetic experience starting from poor materials or as an operating aid in teaching.

The line of kits of the Salone dei Rifiutati is also a proposal for environmental education, a tool to re-read, enhance and transform everyday objects into playful resources and reflect on the potential of reuse and sustainability.

*unstructured materials are materials not oriented towards a univocal and predefined use, but which suggest open and multiple combinations. Three specific types refer to this category, which you can find in our Emporium in a variable amout: natural materials (materials given by nature), recycled materials (already used artificial materials that have exhausted their original function) and industrial waste materials (materials generated as surplus at the end of a production process, remains of other products or production errors).


c/o MOON – via Macchia S. Luca 68/i
85100 Potenza
tel.: {+39} 0971 476646
mob.: {+39} 340 7998443‬
VAT number: 01968860765
email: ilsalonedeirifiutati@gmail.com