5 contemporary art stops in Milan
1) Fabbrica del Vapore
A 30.000-square-metre space, that is half covered and is dedicated to all artforms including visual, performative and multimedia. The fabbrica is situated in premises that once belonged to a railway equipment factory, with sheds, buildings with large windows and an art nouveau design, where young artists can also reside. Check the online events calendar.
2) Fondazione Prada
Rem Koolhaas’s OMA studio has juxtaposed the existing buildings of an early-20th-century distillery with three new buildings, called Podium, Cinema and Tower. The latter, which was inaugurated in 2018, offers an unprecedented view of the city through the large windows and from the rooftop bar. All the spaces host artworks and installations from the Prada collection.
3) Pirelli Hangar Bicocca
The Seven Heavenly Palaces – towers of concrete and rubble that reach lopsided for the sky inside a semi-dark hangar – are a poetic artwork by the artist Anselm Kiefer and a reason to ‘escape’ the city, and head to this former industrial area. The programme of this contemporary arts laboratory always includes interesting exhibitions.
4) Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa Church
Designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1930, this church houses a light installation by the artist Dan Flavin, who belongs to the Minimalist movement. The artwork, which was inaugurated in 1997, is also the American artist’s last work, filling the space with a chromatic progression of colours. Hours: 4 pm – 7 pm. Free admission.
5) San Fedele Museum
Classic artworks stand alongside more contemporary pieces. The church houses works by Lucio Fontana (Via Crucis), Pietro Manzoni (Pressure), Jannis Kounellis (Crucifixion), Hidetoshi Nagasawa (Boat) and photographer Joel Meyerowitz (Provincetown). The Madonna painting in the so-called Ballerina’s Chapel, where the étoiles of the Scala came to light a candle before performing, is more classical.
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