If Rome, Florence and Venice represent the Italian artistic tradition, Milan constitutes the creative epicenter of new trends in Contemporary Art. In Milan there is a notable number of museums, public and private exhibition spaces, galleries, foundations, workshops and laboratories where artistic creation is often connected to the world of Design.
Museo del Novecento. Recently inaugurated, the Museo del Novecento is located in the Palazzo dell’Arengario at Duomo Square (Piazza Duomo). It is entirely dedicated to 20th Century Italian Art: Futurism, Spatialism and ‘Arte Povera’, works of Boccioni, Carrà, Soffici, De Chirico, Sironi, Martini, Morandi, Fontana and many others. The museum tour follows a chronological order, starting with Pellizza da Volpedo’s 1901 painting The Fourth Estate. Free entry for people under 25.
How to get: Duomo M1 M3
PAC – Contemporary Arts Pavillion. PAC is an exhibition space dedicated to Contemporary Art, located in the Centre of Milan, at Via Palestro14, in front of the Public Garden. Here, it is possible to find multimedia installations, Design and Educational activities for children, besides exhibitions activities dedicated to prestigious international contemporary artists. Since 1979, when it was reopened, it constitutes an indisputable reference point in Milan, not only for new trends and experimentations.
How to get: Palestro M1
Hangar Bicocca. The new Bicocca District – originally an industrial area of the Northern suburbs, now a University Centre – has its exposition space dedicated to Contemporary Art. Hangar Bicocca can be considered a laboratory for creativity, that is to say a place aimed at promoting cultural sharing, experimentation and the relationship among the artists and towards them. Its calendars obviously include exhibitions, installations and events. On Sundays it is also possible to have a brunch in the Hangar Bistrot.
How to get: Villa San Giovanni M1
Triennale di Milano. It is an important part of the Italian Art History and 20th Century Industrial Design. From 1933 it hosted the works of De Chirico, Carrà, Fontana and Pomodoro. During the postwar period, it played an important role in the Urban Planning of Milan, with the creation of the popular QT8 District. Since 1999 Milan Triennale has been carrying out research activities and exhibitions concerning Architecture, Urban Planning, Visual and Decorative Arts, Design, Handicraft, Industrial Production, Fashion and Audiovisual Communication. In the historical base of Viale Alemagna, within the Sempione Park (Parco Sempione), it hosts a permanent Design Collection, exhibitions and events.
How to get: Cadorna M1 M2
Triennale Bovisa. Since 2006 Triennale also has a space at Via Lambruschini, in the emerging Bovisa District, in the North West area of Milan. Originally an industrial area, then abandoned in the 1970s, over the past decade Bovisa District has experienced a rebirth, becoming one of the most dynamic and vital areas in Milan. This is mainly due to Politecnico and to the recovery of the old industrial structures. Triennale Bovisa fits in this context with a 5000 square meters space dedicated to exhibitions of Contemporary Art and Design, also available for events and workshops.
How to get: Villapizzone S5 S6
Web: Triennale Bovisa