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“Fabulous collection”

Museo del Novecento
Ranked #32 of 867 things to do in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario in Piazza del Duomo, hosts a collection of over four thousand works that catalyze the development of 20th century Italian art. The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of spreading knowledge of 20th century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Beside its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation and promotion of 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience. With an eye toward the city, the Museo del Novecento develops around multiple locations. The Permanent Collection follows a chronological path where collective exhibitions alternate with solo art shows. The grand spiral staircase inside the building welcomes visitors and introduces them to the visit of the Museum with the Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate) by Pellizza da Volpedo. The bookshop and the restaurant are the Museum's meeting places. The Neon by Lucio Fontana represents a final embrace to the city. Reflecting Milan's feverish cultural dynamism, the Permanent Collection is essentially the story of several private collections that have been brought together thanks to the generosity and passion for art of many private collectors. Since its inception, the collection has been augmented by major gifts from artists, collectors and philanthropists who play an active role in the growth of the Museum's heritage, which today reflects the rich trajectory of art from the early 20th century through the present. An outstanding example of architecture and, today, an impressive installation communicating directly with the city, since 2010 the Palazzo dell'Arengario has accommodated the Museo del Novecento. This landmark building, designed by Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio, and Portaluppi, was renovated by the Rota Group to host a richly layered collection of 20th century Italian art. The transformation of the Palazzo dell'Arengario was dictated by the need to organize the composition of Milan's Civiche Raccolte d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) around two distinct poles. While the historic premises of Villa Reale were meant to host collections dating from the 19th century, the Palazzo dell'Arengario was singled out for the exhibits of 20th century artwork. The latter was particularly meaningful for the harmony existing between its architecture and the collection it was meant to display. This project enabled to best exploit the interior premises, while turning the building into one of the major cultural places in Milan. The grand spiral staircase inside the building is probably the most impressive architectural feature of the Museum: a functional element that connects several levels, from the subway up to the panoramic terrace overlooking the Duomo.
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

This is a fantastic gallery. Beautifully presented, great art - with the added bonus of amazing views of the Duomo from the upper floors

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Reviewed 18 August 2012

This is a lovely place to visit - just across from the Duomo and provides an impressive contrast to its surroundings. Interesting architecture - modern yet fitting perfectly into the space. The paintings are varied - some I found really arresting, others I didn't like at all. But that's art. Definitely worth a visit. Good view of the Doumo from the top floor. Air conditioned. Friendly staff. Nice restaurant too.

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Reviewed 9 August 2012

I don't like contemporary art but this museum is well worth a visit.
The collection begins with the impressive picture "Il Quarto Stato" (The Fourth Estate) painted in 1901 by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo.
It hosts mainly Italian works of art and is divided in many sections each dedicated to one artist (a lot of Futurists).
It exhibits also the famous ironic work ("artist's s...t") by Piero Manzoni.
The building has very large windows on the Duomo square and a nice spiral ramp.
The museum is open every day from 9.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. (on Monday from 2.30 p.m., on Thursday and Saturday until 10.30 p.m.).
The full price ticket is 5 € but 2 hours before the closure and on Friday from 3.30 p.m. admission is free.
Besides, the museum is free every day until the 26th of August.
The best way to reach the museum is by metro. The right stop is "Duomo" on the red line.

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Reviewed 8 August 2012

This was a really impressive contemporary museum with a wonderful exhibit on Italian abstract and futurist art. Picture labels were in English and helped you follow the gist of the exhibit, which was instructional. The interior design of the museum was innovative and like a small indoor Guggenheim (New York) museum. And it was open late on a Thursday night so we could enjoy it at our leisure after dinner. Great view of Duomo square from its upper floor.

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Reviewed 21 July 2012

I learned a lot at the museum. Everything about Italian futurism. Lots of information about abstract art from the 50's and 60's. Lovely journey.

Thank CarolZanette
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