The Prada Foundation will transform Milan’s contemporary art offering

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COMPARED with other major European cities, Milan’s contemporary art offering is slight. The Gallerie d’Arte Moderna, housed in a venerable palazzo, contains some important late-19th-century work, but little of note from the 20th century and nothing from the 21st. The Museo del Novecento, despite its name, is meant to consider contemporary work but has little room to do so; the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea is also constrained by space.

In recent years, the Prada Foundation has expanded to fill this gap. In April it will open an eight-storey tower on the Largo Isarco site, meaning that it will provide more exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art than the other museums combined. Indeed, it will be the largest contemporary art museum in Europe to be supported by private funds. 

According to Jonathan Morris, a historian, Milan was always “more a Paris than a Manchester”, with artisans rather than factories producing the goods for the fashion and luxury markets. Spacious palazzos that housed the wealthiest families…Continue reading

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