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Museo del Novecento
Opened on December 6th, 2010, the Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) is a structure of 8500 square metres, 4500 of which is exhibition space complemented by an area for other services (bar, restaurant, ticket office, educational area), cloakroom and administration rooms.
28 million Euros were invested in the redevelopment project of the Palazzo Arengario (built in the thirties by the architects Portaluppi, Magistretti, Muzio and Griffini) curated by the Rota Group (with Italo Rota as Group Head, Emmanuel Auxilia, Fabio Fornasari and Paolo Montanari).
The Museum's mission is to work on several levels to promote an intercultural approach and engage an audience ranging from professionals, to children and passing visitors.
In addition to the permanent collection the Museum of the Twentieth Century also offers spaces for temporary exhibitions like Spazio Mostre, and the Sala Focus - where art works in storage are displayed in rotation with in depth notations - and the Sala Archives of the twentieth century for exhibitions of art works and documents.
About 400 works of art are on display includinging paintings, sculptures and installations,most of them belonging to the Civic Art Collections in Milan, which also include the important collections of the spouses Antonio and Marieda Boschi Di Stefano. The exhibition is arranged chronologically: from the work by Pellizza da Volpedo it moves through futurism, works of art from between the two wars and then Abstractism, Spatialism and Arte Povera. Particular emphasis has been given to artists that are of great significance to the city of Milan, such as Boccioni, Carrà, Morandi, de Chirico, Arturo Martini, Fontana and Manzoni. In addition, three rooms are dedicated to the Marino Marini Museum which was previously set up in the gallery of Modern Art in Via Palestro. Special attention is also paid to research for the safeguarding and conservation of artistic heritage of the XX century and the present century with a specific interest in new artistic movements.
Evidence of this is the cooperation established with the Institute for Art History, Università degli Studi in Milan and with the Università degli Studi in Udine and the Istituto Superiore for Conservation and Restoration in Rome.
The museum also acts as a cultural institution of excellence for research, insight and the study of artistic phenomena, forms and languages of the recently concluded century. In this respect, the Archives of the Twentieth Century dedicated to Ettore and Claudia Gian Ferrari is an institution responsible for the conservation and consultation of archival material and art works produced in the century, of the documentation relative to the museum collections and the links that the Civic Collections of Art had with other civic institutions during the period of the twentieth century.
The iconic work of the museum is one of the versions of the famous painting by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo The Fourth Estate.
Also well worthy of merit is the Mysterious Baths by Giorgio de Chirico
On display are about 350 works of the most famous twentieth-century Italian artists, including Morandi, Melotti, Fontana, Marini, Sironi, Campigli and De Pisis.
The restoration of the Arengario has set as a key objective the organisation – within the historical building – of a simple and efficient museum layout, which optimises the use of the available spaces and projects a bold and attractive image of the building itself and the new cultural institution, so as to transform it into one of the privileged places of culture in Milan. In the tall tower space, a vertical walkway with a spiral ramp leads from the underground station to the exhibition floors and the upstairs restaurant which offers visitors a panoramic view over Piazza del Duomo.
The Arengario is directly connected to the second floor of the Palazzo Reale by a suspended footbridge. Discreet and minimalist, it is not only a link between two buildings but also a means of discovering the fascinating layers of history of the buildings of the area between Via Rastrelli and Piazza Diaz.
The museum can be reached by MM1/MM3 Duomo stop; Tram number 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 23, 24, 27; Autobus 54.
- A wheelchair user can independently access the museum entrance and visit all the exhibition rooms. The toilet facilities - equipped in compliance with regulations for persons with physical disabilities - can also be independently accessed.
- The information boards are in large format and clearly visible, as are the toilet pictograms.
- Pop Guide PGV2 audio guides are available: press number 5 on the tactile keypad.
- An orientation map, brochures and catalogues for the visually impaired are available.
- A plaster reproduction of Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity is available for tactile experiences.
- The didactic programme offers activities for visitors with cognitive disabilities.
- Tickets: disabled visitors and one accompanying carer have free entry.
- Bookings and reservations can be made via phone, email, on the Tourism website and Ticketone.
- Two wheelchairs are available for visitors.
- The museum is equipped with an audible fire alarm system
Full price: € 10
Concessions: € 8 for over 65, University students
Concessions: € 5 for young people aged 13-25, all visitors to the initiative #domenicalmuseo, every first and third Tuesday of the month from 14:00
Free: visitors up to the age of 12; high school students and accompanying teachers of school groups; tourist guides and tourist interpreters accompanying groups; disabled people and their carers; journalists; people with disabilities; scholars with special permission from the Museum management; officials of state and regional superintendencies; members of the ICOM