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The Science and Technology Museum

The science and technology museum in Milan is named after Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius behind some of the most iconic works of art like the Last Supper and the Mona lisa. History The official opening of the museum took place on the 15th of February 1953 even though the first idea of a science and technology museum dates back to 1906, when Milan hosted the Universal Exposition. The collection of the science and technology museum is hosted within a 500 years old building which used to be owned by a monastic order: the Olivetani. The renovation of the…

The Pinacoteca di Brera: the ultimate collection of masterpieces

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important museums in Italy and Europe that features an impressive collection of masterpieces belonging to the Italian artistic heritage and tradition. The History of the Pinacoteca di Brera The Pinacoteca di Brera is hosted within the Palazzo Brera. The building was entirely renovated by architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the same designer that was commissioned the construction of the La Scala Opera House. It was in 1773 when the Jesuits, who formerly owned the Palazzo, where evicted and the building went under the control of the Austrians. The Empress Maria Theresa decided to…

The Armani Museum in Milan

The Armani museum is a must see for those who come to the city of Milan and one of the best museums in Milan. It was inaugurated in 2015 with a big party that saw the participation of international movie stars like Glenn Close and Sophia Loren to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Giorgio Armani’s company. The Armani museum is actually named the Armani/Silos : “I decided to call it Silos because this building used to store food, which is, of course, essential for life. For me, just as much as food, clothes are also a part of life.” Giorgio Armani…

Hangar Bicocca: the permanent collection

The Hangar Bicocca is a stunning example of redevelopment of an old industrial complex that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The current building of the Hangar Bicocca used to be the main factory where were manufactured “…railway carriages, electric and steam locomotives, boilers, farm machinery and equipment and, during the First World War, aeroplanes, projectiles and other products for the war effort.” From the Hangar Bicocca website Nowadays the Hangar Bicocca is the permanent location of contemporary art’s masterpieces and the home to the The Seven Heavenly Palaces by the German artist Anselm Kiefer. This is a site…

When modern meets contemporary art. Visit the GAM museum in Milan.

From the 23rd of November to the 26th of February 2017 the GAM, the modern art gallery in Milan hosts the exhibition “La finestra sul cortile” (The rear window).  In partnership with UBS the exhibit takes inspiration from the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece and features a collection of contemporary artworks put together by Luca Massimo Barbero, one of the most iconic art reviewer and researcher of our times. The permanent collection of the GAM Modern Art Gallery of Milano features an impressive selection of the 19th and 20th centuries masterpieces that meets through an accurate combination the artworks selected by…

Italian renaissance meets art at museum Bagatti Valsecchi

The origin of the museum Bagatti Valsecchi dates back to the end of the nineteenth century when the Barons Fausto (Milan, 1843-1914) and Giuseppe (Milan, 1845-1934) Bagatti Valsecchi decided to renovate entirely their family house in the heart of Milan. The style the two brothers choose to refurbish what is now the museum Bagatti Valsecchi is the Neo-Renaissance style since they wanted to keeep up with what was trendy at that time: historicism. The renovation of the muesum Bagatti Valsecchi was not their only aim. While the Barons were re-designing the building they also put their major efforts in the interior decorations.…

Art in Milan: the “Artist’s shit” by Piero Manzoni

*Piero Manzoni in a picture by Giovanni Ricci The collection of the Museo del Novecento features an artwork by artist Piero Manzoni: the “Artist’s shit“. It consists of a meat can with a label that says: “Artist’s shit. Contents 30 gr net. Freshly preserved, produced and tinned in May 1961″ The same statement appears on the can in Italian, German and French and describes what the content of the can is: 30 gr of Piero Manzoni’s excrements. The whole artwork is composed by 90 of these cans which were exhibited for the first time at the Galleria Pescetto on the…

The Museo del Novecento: Italian masters of the 20th century

The Museo del Novecento (the 20th century art museum) is one of the most important museums in town and features an impressive collection of artworks of the 20th century. The building The collection Surroundings The building The museum is hosted within the Palazzo dell’Arengario right next to the cathedral. The Arengario was built between 1936 and 1956 on a project by the architects Portaluppi, Muzio, Magistretti e Griffini. The bas-relieves that adorn the facade of the building were sculpted by artist Arturo Martini. The construction of the Arengario was put on hold during the second World War and it was finally opened…

The GAM: the modern art gallery of Milan

The GAM is the modern art gallery of Milan and one of the astonishing museums of the city. The collection is hosted inside Villa Belgioioso. The villa The collection Location Hours & Admission Surroundings Villa Belgioioso The villa Belgioioso was commissioned by the Count Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso in 1790 and was completed in 1796. It has been the residence of the most distinguished personality of the city like Napoleon the third and the royal family of Italy. In 1920 the villa became state property and in 1921 after an important renovation process it was converted into the GAM – The modern…